"You know," he said. "I thought about blogging, but I can't get over the narcissism of it."
"Really," I replied. "But isn't any form of communication, whether it be through anything creative or simply telling a story amongst friends, narcissistic?"
He asked me some questions about my blogging experience and it got me to thinking about why I started broadcasting my thoughts to the masses.
"So why don't you blog about politics more," he asked. "Isn't that your passion?"
"I do," I replied. "In fact when this blog started it was mostly about news and politics, but I ran out of things to say really when it came to issues of public discourse. Remember Crooks and Liars? It was a great blog for a while, but then they started posting nothing but videos about how they feel a certain politician sucks. Besides I think my political views are only interesting to me."
"I really want to blog," he said. "But I'm not sure what I would write about. I'd like to do one on politics."
Blogging can be addicting. I've told myself many times I'll quit, but like a toothless meth addict I always come back to the crack house. I'm not sure exactly why that is. Do I really love the attention? Does sharing my thoughts to everyone really matter in the end?
I guess I may never figure it out, but I did have some advice for my friend who may or may not share his opinions.
"Keep it fun," I said. "Once it stops being fun then it becomes a chore. And never take it too seriously."
My ramblings here are nothing profound I know. My contribution to the internet is little, but I'd like to think that having this daily creative outlet enriches my life. I've seen blogs come and go. Most amateur blogs maybe last a year only to mysteriously disappear usually due to the fact most run out of things to say or just simply get bored.
It's been said that this blog is not a good representation of me. Some say that is actually a compliment. That may be true as I can hardly tell a difference. If you choose to read blogs make sure you understand that it's only he side of life they choose to tell and not the actual reality they may inhabit. Remember autobiographies are more fiction than fact. They're just told through our often skewed senses.
But aspiring bloggers who actually have a passion for writing should be advised that content is everywhere. Inspiration can come in many forms. Find it. Write.
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S. Thompson