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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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Eloquently put! He probably has a very mundane life and cannont relate to us bloggers having something to write about so often.

YAYAYAY!! I am so glad to hear that! And I couldn't agree with you more. I wish I had "blogging friends" ten years ago when I went through my "white coat hypertension" phase. If your burden is eased one tiny bit, then blogging is well worth it.

I couldn't agree more. The beauty of life IS the details and I'm convinced there is no better way to appreciate them than to do so in writing.

My husband also has a similar type of "whitecoat" hypertension. After years of being on medication, we learned that his high readings were a result of never using a large enough arm cuff. After the doc found a bigger cuff, he never had an elevated reading. Go figure.

I read through that article as well; I didn't get the impression that the author had an especially dull life, but rather that all of us dull plebeians who didn't live in Manhattan and write for the NYT weren't having exciting enough lives to merit being read about. What seemed to bother him was not the writing (journaling has been going on since people were literate) but the fact that it was popular and that people would pay attention to online writers who DON'T work for the NYT. Maybe I'm being a little overly nasty, but I did get that impression.

As for what good it does; I'm not a mommyblogger, but I do find that reading over my journal from the last year (which I did the other day) is very good for reminding me of the small details of things, and how they *really felt*. You can remember that a miscarriage was bad, for example, but after a while some details will inevitably, and mercifully, be blurred or dulled. It's very handy for those of us with story-writing ambitions, to *remember* these things, and writing them down at the time is the best - almost the only - way. Hey, Katherine Mansfield did it. Not that I'm comparing myself to her, but just pointing out that NYT guy is being a bit shortsighted by assuming that a Mere Mommyblogger will never be able to rise to more lucrative heights - like writing for the NYT :).

If that NYT writer doesn't like the blogs, I have a simple piece of advice for him: DON'T READ THEM! That's my approach to a lot of the stuff that comes from the Mainstream Media these days... :)

Great post Elizabeth!!

Amen! Sing it, sister!

I completely agree. I rather enjoy reading the details of others lives, as well as sharing details of my life. Everybody has a story, and if you stick with them long enough it will surface. I think one of the heartaches of our culture is the feeling that we are all alone and don't matter. Blogging has helped me realize there are a lot of people out there, who need support and who will give support. This is the Mystical body of Christ.

Love the new look of your site!

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