Recently, I’ve noticed that my wife takes great care with her blog posts.
Usually they take about half a day to write, as she constantly re-writes and re-arranges the text and the images (not to mention the emoticons).
It borders on the edge of perfectionism, and totally the opposite of my posts. I usually just do a brain dump (see: this post) and slap it up here as fast as I can.
But when someone unexpectedly likes one of her posts, she suddenly gets upset. On the contrary, my heart skips a beat every time I get an email from wordpress.com. It’s gotten to the point where she will upload photos, but will alter them so that everyone’s faces are unrecognizable.
It comes down to who the blogs are written for, I guess.I have this certain guilt around my posts; an insane devotion to the dozens of people that have subscribed to my blog. I want to feed them with stories of my own, to inspire them and to keep them reading. Sure, I imagine that 90% of you are reading this and secretly hoping that I’ll announce Part 3 to “A Runner’s Afternoon” (hint: I won’t), but I’m okay with that.
When I posed this question to my wife, she simply told me that she is writing her blog for us, a kind of virtual diary (with emoticons) that we can open up at any time, gazing upon the pictures of our lives and remembering the good times that we had. That’s probably why she has this fear of people viewing the blog; it’s like someone reading your diary.
Personally, I’m okay with that. The poll I posted a while ago showed that people were more interested in my cultural observations than some ind of travel picture book. I’m working towards that, and it’s also inspired me to start taking serious notes for some kind of Japanese culture guide thing. Without people reading this blog (or KS< for that matter) I lose my inspiration.
Anyway, the latest installment in the “other” CplCrud blog is almost done, so time to whack this one up. I guess I’ll finish with a photo of something. Here’s the bridge that Keiichi and Satoko fall off in Higurashi no Naku Koro NI.