Last night at a party, my husband tried to explain to a retired teacher who chooses not to have a computer at home why we blog.
He (enthusiastic): It’s really fun. It’s like having an online journal that you share with other people.
She (puzzled): But why have a journal that you share?
To some people I imagine that blogging does seem completely mad. You write about your life and your interests, share it with people you’ve never met, get to know them slowly, but are still unlikely to meet any of them. How do you explain to someone who doesn’t have a computer the addictive nature of writing posts, checking other people’s posts, commenting and responding to comments? How do you explain the thrill of chancing upon a wonderful piece of writing, the frisson when a blogger you admire links to your blog, the moment of narcissism when you check your stats?
Litlove has written a fine post about what blogging has meant for her this year. I wish I could provide something as insightful, but instead because I have a fuzzy head from last night’s party, I am going to celebrate the first year of Charlotte’s Web, by stealing Stuntmother’s blog review meme. Here then is the first sentence from the first post of each month of 2006, starting with, bless, my first-ever post in March:
March: Children’s bedtimes – a big topic here in Mitteleuropa, as we hang outside ballet class or inhale coffee while waiting for music school to finish.
April: We’ve just come back from a week’s holiday in Obertauern, where we enjoyed the twin Austrian pastimes of skiing and passive smoking.
May: All good Germans ride bikes.
June: Six-year-old Lily starts school in Germany in September, the first of my kids to do so.
July: It’s pool season again.
August: Memes: I’ve been getting them per email and ignoring them for years.
September: I arrived back from holiday to find an invitation to my 20-year school reunion, which is delightful, but obviously a mistake since I am only 27.
October: I was walking my girls to school yesterday, and had the following dialogue:
November: Oh, I didn’t sleep well last night.
December: I’ve been shepherding a dear friend around the local Christmas markets the last few days, which explains my absence here.
All very domestic, and I’m sorry to say, not a book review in sight. While nosing around this morning, I found the post I enjoyed writing the most – Bridezilla, Moi? – and the post that got the most hits – 10 Things I Find Weird About Germany.
I hope I’ll still be around doing a blog review on 31 December 2007. Happy New Year to you all.