Before having this Journal, the thought never struck me.
The prospect of having a personal outlet was intriguing. The idea of being able to express my disgust with Capital Punishment or the newest in SUVs, or simply just rant over how cool the latest japanese manga looks, was too good a deal to just let pass me by.
It was only then I realised, that with great power comes great responsibility…
Shortly there-after, I discovered The Unwritten Rule.
I am talking, of course, about the responsibility to your readers. With a pagerank of 4, I can’t claim to have many readers that hold me responsible—but the feeling is there, lurking in your admin interface, just beneath the “Publish” button.
“Keep up to date, be loyal to your readers, or lose them”.
“When it’s fun and it’s going really well, you feel (great), and when it’s not fun, it starts feeling like … when you have to go to a job every day from nine to five…” – Source
While I am a fierce advocate of the use of ones freedom of speech, is this paradigm healthy?
Certainly the appearance of such systems as Blogger, Movable Type and WordPress has helped internet-connected, well-educated people voice their opinion. I see this as a positive thing—despite the fact that many nations are missing out currently.
Still, writing for the sake of writing, seems wrong somehow. We are already bombarded by so much information from TV, from radio, from advertisements here and there and everywhere, in the sky, in the theater in the shopping-mall school kindergarten sportsevents cars planes trains …
I grew up being called the Zapper generation. If there was ever something we didn’t like, we would “zap” to another channel. We got it our way, we had it easy, we had it all served up in front of us on a plate, and could press the “next” button if we didn’t approve.
Perhaps it’s time we use media responsibly.
Blogging for the sake of blogging is not being responsible to your readers. If the trend continues, we might well drown in information, and the clue train will come to the end of the line. The internet could end up like television—something you turn on in the same motion that you turn off your brain with.
I have made a decision. I want no part of it. No way.
This journal was made by me, for me, and I intend to be faithful to no-one but myself.
I will use this outlet to voice my opinion, help out if I feel I can contribute, and I will do these things only if I still enjoy doing it. If I lose readers in the process then so be it—after all, I’ve maintained a site for 3 years with all but a few visitors anyway.
Why even bother?
For several reasons. For one, Google will index my site, and whenever somebody searches for “Royal Danish Wedding“, I’ll be there, voicing my opinion. Furthermore, there is little I enjoy more than a good discussion, and this journal allows for just that.
As for my monthly graphical outlet, It’ll continue as it has done for the last 3 years. After all, that was never about you.