But now it is time to take stock of the priorities for the fall semester, and I'm afraid that blogging is not going to be very high on the list. I have thoroughly enjoyed it for a season, and am not going to completely remove myself from the blogosphere. But I'm not going to be very regular at it for the immediate future. There are too many other demands on my time right now and I need to be a good steward in that area of life.
I've discovered that blogging well is pretty significant commitment. It is not merely the time to write things down, but there is the time spent reading other blogs, and (perhaps more significantly) the mental commitment to blogging in the sense that it is one of the projects that never ends and competes with the other things in life.
Lest I end on a downer, I'd like to note the things about blogging that I see as positive:
- I love the medium of language. Others paint or play music or blend media together in movies or what have you; I like straight language. It is remarkable to me that a certain pattern of ink splotches on a page, illuminated pixels on a screen, or vibrations through the air can be such powerful communication tools.
- Blogging promotes a reflective lifestyle. Most all life forms experience the world (I'm not sure about bacteria...); I'd like to think that we humans are unique among creatures (at least those on earth) in that we are capable of reflection and the organization of our experience. Writing about our experiences is a great way of expressing our humanity.
- Blogging promotes an interactive lifestyle. I suspect most all bloggers refer consistently to postings in other blogs. The nature of the web has grown this aspect exponentially over things like letters to the editor in a magazine, and I see it as a positive dimension.
- It feels so hip to mention that you blog.
I have appreciated very much the feedback I've received. Perhaps I'll see you again next summer...