Blogging is Not Writing

“it is graffiti with punctuation!”  That is how Elliot Gould (who plays Dr. Ian Sussman in the movie Contagion) describes it.  Having blogged for six years now

I am wondering whether perhaps he is right.  Graffiti is defined as writings or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.

On one level, I have to agree with the scriptwriter in Contagion.  After all, most of my writings are social commentaries in some form or another.  At least I hope I am not defacing public property.

I can remember the reason I started blogging way back then like it was yesterday.  My fellow professional told me that I needed to share my thoughts because she said many professionals had similar thoughts and might otherwise think they were alone … or even a bit crazy.

On the other hand, I can also remember a fellow professional chastise me with the statement that I shouldn’t take myself seriously and that most people only listen to me because they enjoy the stories and jokes.  The implication was that no one really listens to the content or the message and certainly doesn’t change as a result.

Perhaps then it would be appropriate for me to ask you as readers to send me a note confirming or refuting these thoughts.  After all, why should I waste your time or my own?  I had no intention to simply offer graffiti.

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