Blogs: Immortality or ‘Irreality’

Somebody told me last week that the purpose of their blog was to create a series of personal snapshots – of moments in their lives in pictures and words – as a time capsule for their children to look at when they are older, and get to know them as they are now . It’s a wonderful idea and you got me thinking (your words often get me thinking) – about blogging.

Some blogs are deliberately didactic – and often helpful. And the blog intended for your grown-up children is inherently didactic in that it will give them a snapshot of today’s world, through your eyes, now.

And this blog? It’s a series of observations and opinions. It’s more personal than IT troubleshooting blogs, or social media guides, but less personal than a letter to my future grandchildren. It is not an attempt to be didactic –  hopefully, it is sometimes informative, sometimes entertaining, generally thought provoking and always current. It is a work in progress.

As a professional writer, I am briefed to cover topics that interest specific audiences – depending on the publication and its readership. My work is focused on my expertise, so it is limited to certain subjects and issues and each piece I write is tailored to a specific readership. Blogging is an exercise in creative writing – it gives me the freedom to write about anything. It’s a bit like an extension of my Facebook wall, but it’s for anyone who’s interested, not just my friends and connections – or future grandchildren. Having said that, It would be lovely if posterous really was for posterity and gave bloggers the chance of  some form of immortality – a blog is more than a journal as it incorporates different media – and our descendents the opportunity to see our world through our impressions and reflections in words and pictures.

Are blogs our 21st century way of reaching for internet immortality, in the form of a multimedia journal? Or are we creating the ‘irreality’ depicted by sci-fi writer Philip K Dick in Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – each of us using social media as the drug that helps us create an ‘adjacent’ universe or a filter that makes it difficult to draw the line between how reality is and how we see it/would like it to be. 

I was surfing the internet and found on a completely appropriate website a totally unexpected ‘irreality’ – two words depicting an alternate reality that never happened, a potential Sliding Doors moment. This, our conversation about blogging and immortality, and some of the more poignant moments of the recent series of Doctor Who brought me back to T. S. Eliot’s Burnt Norton:

“…human kind

Cannot bear very much reality.

Time past and time future

What might have been and what has been

Point to one end, which is always present.”

 

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