Friday, December 16, 2011

Bloggers cramp?

My blogging statistics for 2011 have not been good. Since I started blogging in 2008, this year has been my least productive. Including this one, just fourteen.

To be fair, the main reason for starting the blog was to record the differences encountered by an Englishman settling to live in the United States.  Of course, the differences encountered over the first few years are now perfectly normal for me, so I don't feel the need to recorded them. In fact, there's sometimes a few seconds lapse when I think of how I used to pronounce a word or to think of what I used to call, for example "hamburger" or "ground beef" ("mince" sounds so, well "foreign").

I have learned a lot about myself from my random postings. For example in the early days of blogging I wrote a series of posts on my music preferences and in doing so found I didn't really have a preference, that I really did enjoy all genres of music . . . no, I don't consider a thumping bass that rattles my windows, music, so that techno (c)rap, or whatever it's called, doesn't count.

I was to continue by saying that I have never considered myself a snob, but that last statement could be seen to contradict that I suppose.  Of course, there are snobs of every kind, not only in music.  But I'm afraid - no, hang on there - I'm not afraid, to say, that if I enjoy it, I like it, be it music, wine, literature, art, or whatever.  And that's okay with me. I am not going to like anything because others think I should - however technically brilliant or clever(?)  it is.

My favorite Hans Christian Andersen story, The Emperor's New Clothes, may have been written as a "Fairy Tale Told For Children", but I'm of the opinion that many adults would be happier if they saw what the little boy saw and Danny Kaye sung - "the King is in the altogether".

To get back to the point - there is a point? As much as I admire those who blog regularly, especially the once-a-day bloggers, I cannot see me doing that.  I do intend to post more, if only I can remember those ideas for a post I have in the early hours!


Lyn F. said...

I hadn't been all that faithful about blogging either... and of course, don't even get me started on my blogging partner, who just posted his first in... years? He'll go on about how he's always travelling, but that's no excuse. :)

Last month, I joined NaBloPoMo or National Blog Posting Month, where you commit to writing one blog post every day for a month. They even have writing prompts just in case you have writer's block. I missed a few days in November, and I also missed a few days this month, but it is a good exercise. Even if there doesn't seem much to write about, there's always something.

Have Gail post some of her favo(u)rite recipes... or, like Simon's Cat, make observations about yours. If you write it, I'll read it. :)

NorfolkBoy said...

Thanks for encouragement Lyn. I always have ideas, usually in the early hours, but by the morning always seem to find something else to take my mind off it.

ellie said...

this is a stellar post! well worth the wait.

how about a commitment for 2012? pick a day each week to commit an hour or so and write a post? not a photo a day but a blog a week?

go for it, mr, anglo-american dadsy!

NorfolkBoy said...

Thanks Ellie. The blog a week idea had crossed my mind and I intend go for it.