My daughter has a blog that she calls "Musings." She talks about her life--plainly--and honestly. It's not a blog for everyone, maybe just an outlet for her. She doesn't publicize it. Most of us in the family know it is there, but it is not a place that we can't wait to get to. It's a bold thing to do--exposing one's thoughts--because most people are just into their own lives and really are not that much into what you, as a blogger or a person, are thinking and going through. It's a superficial world out there.
So today, I want to write a 'musing' of my own. I am seriously thinking about writing something like this every Saturday. A risky move. I know, this blog thing is supposed to be an upbeat thing. Sometimes a vehicle for social networking and/or marketing, and, heaven forbid, we get downright personal or honest. I know, we are not supposed to reveal to much of ourselves here, because it is a scary world out there. So we wear blog masks. We talk about how we make blogs, how we wear them, how they function, all the while giving only little glimpses of the real person behind the blog.
My musing (soapbox, if you like) for today: We don't listen. We don't listen enough to what others are really saying. Hearing what others think takes listening. Most of us are busy thinking what we will say in response, instead of listening. We are conditioned to NOT listen with so much superficial chatter going on around us. When someone does get honest, we are a little uncomfortable. We seem not skilled enough to deal with reality.
As creative bloggers, we are all into 'doing' and learning how to 'do'. In the blog world, there are treasuries, tutorials, and pictures but not much deep thought. We call ourselves "peeps" and not writers. I'm resolving, a little early--Not New Years yet!--to listen. This will mean, in the blog world, that I READ more, not just look at who is responding to my blog. In all this, I am hoping to find some honest stuff that will inspire friendships that will go the distance.
Just saying . . . .