#WhyIBlog Intervista a Kari Geltemeyer
Ho deciso di riprendere a intervistare curatori di blog, quando ne trovo di interessanti, continuando ad alimentare Why I Blog a tempo perso.
Scrive molto bene e ha uno stile tutto suo nel raccontarsi. Ci tenevo particolarmente ad averla tra la mia piccola “collezione” perché mi ispiro molto al suo stile e al suo pensiero circa la blogosfera vs social network e come esercizio personale in cui non ci sono regole o aspettative. C’è solo la sua vita e il piacere di raccontarla.
Le ho posto quindi le tre fatidiche domande:
Why do you blog?
I started blogging 15 years ago when I left a longtime job and wanted a way to stay in touch with the friends I used to see every day. I wanted them to be able to relate to what I was doing during the day (nobody requested this, I just came up with it on my own and assumed they would care ;-). Social media sites weren’t around, so it was what I had. And it has always been a small-scale thing; I never had big blogging dreams. Now I keep doing it because I love to write, and I process my own thoughts by typing them out, so I use it mostly as a journal and a scrapbook.
I also keep blogging because social media has been so disappointing. Twitter and Facebook and Instagram don’t facilitate communication, they just give everybody a megaphone attached to a fire hose so can they scream at each other and sell stuff. I find them really cold and impersonal, and I think they encourage and reward all the wrong behavior.
Blogs feel less manufactured, and less lazy. One way or another people have to seek them out, so they’re a conscious choice. And most people don’t bother seeking them out these days, which is fine too. I don’t need to reach everybody. If you’re interested in what I’m posting, that’s great and I thank you and I hope you get something out of it.
What kind of “fuel” keeps your blog constantly running?
Nothing, really, I just talk about whatever is going on in my life. I don’t have anything to promote, and I don’t have a big overarching theme; it’s not a career blog or a tech blog or a recipe blog, it’s a diary, and it’s pretty personal.
But the thing I like best about blogging is that it can be “useless.” There are no rules or expectations about what it has to be - I can post whatever I want, because it’s mine, and I don’t have any responsibility to provide people with a certain kind of content. It’s just whatever I’m thinking about on any given day.
Which future is waiting the blogosphere in your opinion?
I don’t know. I don’t expect there’s a big second wave or blogging renaissance around the corner, and maybe that's okay. Most people seem to prefer the instant responses of social media and want that reinforcement, the faves and likes.
But I have a real soft spot for the bloggers who stick around, and a lot of favorites that I check every day. I think of the blogosphere now as a small neighborhood, and it’s populated by people who still want to just hold out a hand and say, come in and sit with me for a while. I just find personal blogs inherently interesting, and I appreciate the effort and the care that people put into them; they’re like an endless supply of short stories.