Last weekend my husband and I went to see the move “Contagion.” The movie was passable, as disaster movies go but there was one thing that got me thinking and it really had nothing to do with the main plot. It was about blogging.
In addition to the flu-like pandemic story there are several subplots woven within this movie. One of these subplots deals with a blogger who whips up the panic by dwelling on conspiracies within the medical and political arena. The blogger, played by Jude Law tries to defend his writing as journalism and is told, “Blogging isn’t journalism... it is graffiti with punctuation.”
“Graffiti with Punctuation!” I was shocked. No, I don’t have a million hits a day on my blog like Jude’s character, I’m lucky if I have a 100, but I work hard on my blog.
I spend many hours each month thinking and writing up short, amusing pieces of life in order to entertain. I am not controversial. I do not (usually) rant. I don’t gossip and spread rumors. I don’t accuse anyone of anything and I don’t curse.
That night when I came home I almost closed my blog then and there. If no one respects blogging and it is something to laugh at, then count me out, I thought.
And then I realized…I am an artist and a writer and just like an athlete, blogging is my exercise and release. Even If no one reads my blog, I know I have done my best. So I will continue as long as I am able to fling my pearls of wisdom on that giant ocean we call Earth.
I hope, though, that someone does read it…. Can you hear me? Are you out there?
P.S. After I wrote this post almost as if by magic I received my first hate comment, the first I’ve ever received in more than a year of blogging. To the person who anonymously does such a thing…be assured that blogger delegates your venom to the spam folder, but may I offer a simple suggestion, if you don't like what is written here, then why not just stay away? A refresher course on grammar wouldn't hurt either.