I just finished importing content from my old Blogger, which, it turns out, is a quick and painless (if somewhat mystifying) process. Behold! My feeling from years past!
I’m often told by friends that I need to post more. I also get a steady stream of comments from YouTube folks asking, “Are you ever going to make more videos?” The truth is that I rarely feel that I get enough out of things like this to warrant doing it. I initially joined YouTube because I wanted to interact with some of the people posting videos there, but found that real interaction was minimal (with some notable exceptions). I wanted to engage in conversation, but most of the people commenting on videos and sending me messages were new folks looking for advice (which is great, but I’m not personally interested in teaching anyone). I found that there wasn’t a lot of reciprocity. People only occasionally offered thoughtful, conflicting opinions or engaged me in useful ways. Overwhelmingly, I’ve found YouTube to be less about community and more about an exchange between teachers (more or less qualified) and faceless, virtual students. I can hardly stand it when I’ve got a classroom of them staring at me.
Which of course begs the question, “How is a blog any different?” Well, it’s not. At least, not that I’ve seen so far. Actually, I take that back. There is one key difference that’s immediately apparent to me: Comments are fewer, but generally of much higher quality. I think because blogs are less visually stimulating and require a lot of quick reading, they have a more narrow appeal. I don’t say this to be elitist (having spent absurd amounts of time on things like YouTube and Tumblr and Instagram), but I do think text-heavy blogs are less accessible. It takes more effort (even if it’s just marginal) to process material and then to craft a reply.
Mostly, I just prefer writing to making videos. The biggest hang-up for me where this is concerned, however, is that I tell myself, “This should be going in your journal. Why are you making this pubic? This is narcissism.” Well, yes, to a degree I suppose it is. But maybe at the least it gives my friends an additional window into what’s on my mind. And maybe people find me interesting in the way that I find other people interesting. I’d much rather read a blog about someone’s day-to-day thoughts and goings on rather than long entries about, “THIS IS WHAT AN ATHAME IS FOR.” But , again, that’s because I’m not interested in teaching (which is hilarious given both my profession and recent decision regarding Outer Court).