Most people assume bloggers are just computer geeks who need to get a life. They assume we're narcissistic ego-maniacal jerks-offs who think everyone in the world needs to hear our views on life. Not true.
In my humble opinion, Springfield's local bloggers are creative, talented individuals who are looking for an outlet. Sometimes that outlet is fun ... sometimes it's free therapy (this example applies mostly in my case) ... sometimes it lets our friends and family members in on what's been happening in our lives ... and sometimes ... if we're really lucky ... it features a fellow blogger's writing skills.
Life is stressful. The car. The mortgage. The kids. Unless you've devoted your life to imaginative endeavors, most of us just don't have time to write War and Peace or paint the Sistine Chapel. Blogging is a fun way to assure ourselves that we haven't given up on that little creative voice inside ourselves that is whispering, "I should've been an art teacher" or "I should've moved to New York and sang in that band" or "I should've gone into politics."
It's sad that some folks in the print media use their resources to take jabs at those who put themselves out there for the world. It takes a lot of cajones to share your life and thoughts with people ... even more cajones to use your real name whilst doing it. More cajones than I've got, by the way.
The SJ-R seems to appreciate local bloggers. It's a shame that Illinois Times can't say the same.
Oh, to clarify a few points ... I'm a female ... not quite middle-aged ... and although I'm wearing underpants while I blog, I'm not exclusively wearing underpants while I blog. Just FYI ...
Am I truth or am I trend?
Its easier to judge a voice
Than it is to use one
Its easier to avoid the sides
Than it is to choose one
Standards held on peers face their inventors with doubt
Soap operas rot themselves from the inside out
Ghost - Banished and Loving It