End of another month means that I get to just ramble for a bit. These are usually the best read, so I guess that people like them. Or like judging / making fun of me. Either way.
After having done this for a while, I seem to be more skeptical about mainstream media reports, especially when it comes to speculating about motivation. Not that I’m in any way a “public figure,” but I’ve micro-experienced being on the receiving end of such speculation.
I have had the fortune of being in more than one conversation where someone else is telling me what my reasons for writing a blog are. I have to say, “on record” so to speak, that the fact that there are a number of diverse opinions about why this blog exists means that you can’t all be right.
The truth is that I have written in many of these “month end” posts why I’m writing. So many that I’m not going to bother to link them. They’re always at the end of the month and if you care you can find them very easily.
The other thing that I have noticed is that even though I don’t hear outright criticism too much, people do like to offer why they don’t blog. Usually it has nothing to do with lack of ability or desire, which is the reason that I don’t ice dance along with a host of other activities, but “external” factors.
I think it has to do with our natural competitive nature. When we see someone doing something we need to assert that we are absolutely able to do the same thing, but we can’t and it’s out of our control.
The one that gets me the most is when people say things along the lines of “I’m too busy to blog.” It’s really using that excuse for anything that I don’t understand, but since we’re talking about me I’ll keep it about blogging.
My theory is that saying that you’re “too busy” isn’t completely honest, either with the other person or yourself. Fact is that everyone has options to fill their days; it’s just what they choose to prioritize and are able to accomplish.
Something I will use as an example is my desire to get a dog. I really want one, but as of now am “too busy.” What that really means is that as of now I have things in my life that take priority over a pet. To be a good owner I would have to go home right after work, take the dog on walks, play with it, pay expenses associated with it, etc. Right now those aren’t things that I want to do.
So yes, I am “too busy” to own a dog, but if it was really a priority for me I would cut out other things in my life in order to make it work. So it is the same for everything.
As it is now I enjoy writing this blog and make time for it in my schedule. It is time where I could otherwise be reading, relaxing, exercising, seeing friends, working on my business, etc., but I choose to write.
When another priority shifts then this may fall out of favour, but as of now I’m sticking with it.