Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Let Me Entertain You

...or maybe not.

I've been noticing for a while now (I suspect since having my second child, though I might be wrong) that my capacity to write entertaining blog posts has seemed... diminished. Not that I can't do it, but that it takes more effort, happens less often, is less likely to be spontaneous. I've also noticed that my comments on other people's blogs have become much less humorous, much more procedural. Responding literally and directly to questions asked, making helpful points, but not being as entertaining as I believe I once was. Or maybe I never was. I dunno.

I was thinking about this because recently I've joined Facebook (under my real name), and suddenly find myself updating it, and checking it, much more than the blog. And I notice that some people are witty / entertaining / erudite on Facebook, whereas I... just give very factual - and not particularly interesting unless you're my friend and want to know about my life - descriptions of what I'm up to. And this seems to be how I want to use the internet at the moment. Not as a way of getting attention, just as a way of keeping in touch.

And as for my ability to entertain... it seems a bit lacking. This may be because I've lost my mojo. Or maybe I'm just too tired. Or maybe all my creative energies are going in a different direction (the new career). Whatever. I dunno.

I discovered (I think - it may be a namey-likey) someone I knew on Facebook today, and sent them a friend request. But afterwards I thought... what did I do that for? Because when I say I "know" them, I lie. In fact they are a prominent blogger whose blog I admire and occasionally comment on, but apart from that we have minimal interaction and I know very little about them. Likewise they me. They're the kind of person I'm eager to impress, and they'd have no reason to be interested in the kind of updates I tend to put on Facebook. This reinforced for me that Facebook is the first internet tool I'm not using as a look-at-me-aren't-I-clever device. It's more of a don't-look-at-me-but-i-just-ate-a-cheese-sandwich thing.

I suppose this was a very long way of saying this blog is liable to stay dusty indefinitely, and if you are my friend and want boring factual updates on my life, feel free to do the Facebook friend request thing, but be warned - I'm keeping it private and am trying not to add people as friends unless I know them quite well. It's a funny balance though. Not easy to get right.

Update: Haha, I should know by now that whenever I write an "I'm not going to do much blogging" post, I end up doing loads of blogging.


Some Chilean Woman said...

I have fallen off the blogging wagon too, but hope I can get back on it again soon because my real life (Facebook) profile takes too much work.

I love having my blog because it's about the only place I have where I can write whatever is on my mind without having to worry about being 'appropriate'. Can't do that on Facebook.

Beleaguered Squirrel said...

Ah yes, I know what you mean. Maybe this is a sign of how old I am, that I no longer have anything inappropriate to say!

Queenie said...

I shall request you as a friend when I get around to putting myself on Facebook. Don't hold your breath, though!

billygean.co.uk said...

Well, I clicked over here because you made me laugh on little red boat, so!


Beleaguered Squirrel said...

Aw, thanks Billygean. I confess I have zero writing confidence at the moment, and keep falling into a my-writing-career-is-over hole.

Debi said...

I am SO resisting following you onto Facebook ... so am very glad to see a sudden splurge of blogposts.

I think you need some serious pampering. Any chance of that?

Beleaguered Squirrel said...

"serious pampering. Any chance of that?"

Not really, no. But it is Friday night, which I always have off for dinking beer (after I've tidied up, which I haven't done yet). Although the baby is ill again, so it all depends on whether he stays asleep or not...