Not funny

So there I was, happily working away. I’d reached a time for a pause so I checked Twitter. And I came across this (courtesy of @sodelafo).

Now please don’t watch this if you’re not prepared to weep. Because this is emotional. This is someone’s pain – raw, uncomfortable and inescapable.

Once it stopped, I stopped working. Instead I picked up my sleeping son and held him. Felt the weight of him on me, his warmth. Nestled my head in his soft hair and listened to his gentle breaths. And I remembered just how lucky I am.

I don’t know what else to say. I was going to say, rather flippantly, that this is the reason you shouldn’t stop to read Twitter while you’re working. But you know what, this is the reason you should.

Quote #1

I love a good quote. And where better place to collate them all than right here on my blog. Never mind old favourites for now, here’s one I came across the first time a few days ago.

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”

Marie Curie

Blog questions

Loathe as I am to use the word ‘blogosphere’, it seems it’s filled with advice on how to write a good blog.

(I’ll add proofread to the list having just typed the end of that sentence as ‘how to write a god blog’. Though that could be interesting…)

I have no doubt that the acres of advice out there includes some great tips and a useful starting point for many, but the thing that I wonder is why they never seem to ask what the purpose of your blog is?

Do all blogs have an identical porpoise? (Yes, that was a joke.) Surely identifying its purpose – if any – is crucial to choosing the right advice. Dentists can give you lots of useful information, but it’s generally better when they start with an idea of what you want to achieve.

One of the key things that crops up again and again is involving people, inviting feedback, starting a conversation. (I’m back to blogs, not dentists – keep up.)

There seems to be an assumption that writing a blog is about interacting with others. Yet there’s a contradiction there with another widely proffered piece of advice – that you should start writing a blog ‘for you’.

The invitation for feedback is one that can be seen right across the breadth of blogs out there. It’s particularly prevalent on brand blogs and blogs which have become so popular they’re effectively brands themselves. I noticed one brand blog recently where every post included an invitation for a response – a ‘what do you think?’, ‘tell us what you think’, ‘do you agree?’ tagged on to every single post.
It became so repetitive it was embarrassing, coming over as a desperate afterthought. It shows a lack of faith in what has been written being interesting enough to warrant a response without a prompt. Like someone going round asking ‘do you want to be friends?’, ‘can we be friends?’, ‘let’s be best friends’.

Of course, there’s only one way to end this post now.

What do YOU think?