15 February 2009

Thank you clarity

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the launch of this blog. It might not have been the first blog I started, but it was most definitely the first blog that I continued.

There is an article in today's Guardian.co.uk that says that according to a new study "Writing about your feelings can help the brain overcome emotional upsets and leave you feeling happier", and although my blog certainly isn't an online diary, it has definitely moved away from its earliest incarnation of reviews of stuff I bought, things I had seen online, and the other bland and meaningless stuff that habitually clogs up the tubes.

I started this blog purely as a way of teaching myself about online content creation, web advertising, and other similar topics. Not much thought went into the initial posts, and certainly not much of myself either. I can't quite say exactly when that all changed, when I decided to spend time writing about issues and events that mattered to me, but it certainly has helped me clarify and solidify my thoughts on a number of issues.

For me blogging is like scratching a meme to relieve the mental itch. Often when I find a moronic song bouncing around in my head I can't get rid of it without singing a bar or two out loud, much to the consternation of all and sundry around me who soon too will be unable to get the tune out of their heads. For the last two years or so when I have been unable to let a thought go, when I have felt like an idea is just bursting inside my head and I cannot move on to another topic without some form of resolution, blogging has provided that mental relief.

This blog is primarily a form of personal catharsis, and thus it always comes as a pleasant surprise when I am reminded that other people actually read it. To those of you who come back time and time again in spite of the bad jokes, rambling reactionary prose, and occasional lapses into self-indulgent sentimentalism, thank you.

Unkie Dave

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At 8:57 am, Blogger Felicity Ford said...

I think blogging is very cathartic. The question about what to put into the public arena and what not to is a question for every blogger. I personally prefer blogs which grapple a bit with emotional reality.
I think this is because the back-story - the life, the wishes, the dreams, the aspirations and the people - that sit behind reviews and essays and political viewpoints all help to contextualise opinion and reviews.
I still go with the idea that the personal IS political, so I never find 'personal' content indulgent.
I always enjoy what I find here.

At 10:59 am, Blogger 2BiT said...


you havn't been readin your book have ya? :P

At 12:14 pm, Blogger Kate said...

Happy Birthday Booming Back!

At 1:07 pm, Blogger 2BiT said...

This book might be of interest to ya...not read it meself bu thought of you:

At 5:51 pm, Blogger Snag Breac said...

Your blog is great! I love all the personal bits. Keep blogging Unkie D!


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