I had an email conversation with the wonderful blogger Amber about whether it was disingenuous to only post cheerful entries when of course nobodyâ€™s life is sunshiny all the time.
She worried that it might be, but I didnâ€™t think it was, and I think most people understand and even expect that. Life just doesnâ€™t always lend itself to pithy little paragraphs of mirth. Which is partly why there has been a dearth of said paragraphs here of late.
But I think thatâ€™s par for the blogging course, unless the blog is strictly topical. If youâ€™re writing a movie blog, thereâ€™s always a new movie coming out. But if youâ€™re just chatting â€“ well, there isnâ€™t always chat material.
Itâ€™s an oddity of the medium, I think: its topical content is dictated far less by its structure than any other is.
I mean, a newspaper is noteworthy recent happenings. A sitcom is funny situations. Or at least thatâ€™s what they both are supposed to be. But whatâ€™s a blog? Whatever I say it is. So what goes in it? Whatever I put there.
Which can be liberating and creativity-inducing, but also runs you up against a brick wall sometimes.
Apparently, even when there isnâ€™t upbeat chatting material, there is always media studies material. Sorry if I geeked out on you there for a minute. Hey, maybe I should write a media studies blog. But I think Iâ€™ve been beaten to that punch. And anyway, my media-studies thinking should be thesis-focused, shouldn’t it.