I’m becoming aware that over the last few week I’ve been measuring my level of busyness as an inverse proportion of the time I have free to blog. My lunchtimes seem to have disappeared recently, so there’s only the briefest, partially digested posting going on. Sorry.
Of course, this might be seen as ‘purer’ blogging than writing screeds of opinion, but I’m really interested in the way that my blog is, for me, acting as a kind of surrogate in-work social life.
One of the bitter conclusions I make is that work, in all but the rarest circumstances, just doesn’t provide the social structure and interaction I look for.
Don’t get me wrong, I work with nice, decent people. But the bloody work itself irrevocably colours most work friendships. I find that the friendships I have with workmates tend to be very tightly delimited - some stuff is just completely out of bounds. This is understandable, and probably necessary, where power and money relationships are involved.
But I can’t help but think about the niche that blogging fills. I sometimes wonder if two of the most basic human drives are curiosity and the need to connect with others.
Funny how blogs can (if you like) be reduced to two basic operations:
- Showing people what you’ve found (links) or thought (commentary) - i.e. displaying and encouraging curiosity and, implicitly, connecting with readers
- Receiving their comments - i.e. readers connecting back and rewarding curiosity with more information