A blog is kind of like a high maintenance friend. The longer you go without engaging it, the harder it is to pick up where you left off. Your sense is that after a gap, you really need to do something special to regain your relevance in the relationship. You wouldn’t call up a friend you haven’t seen in years just to say your boss is being an ass this morning. So how could you possibly resume blogging after a month-long hiatus with a two sentence observation about the latest feline star on YouTube?
As you get older, though, you start to see that just the possibility of getting the friend back is worth the embarrassment of the inappropriately frivolous chitchat. I once waited for the time (or energy or inspiration) to effect a “special” reunion before finding out that the friend in question lost his wife to cancer. Of course I called to offer condolences. But how much better it would have been if I called him while she was still well or at least alive. I could have rekindled my friendship with them as a unit. I could have been a real friend during her illness and his grief.
The parallel between a blog and a friendship is obviously limited. The blog is mine to do with as I please… although it would be nice to know people read it (and that can’t really happen if I am not at least a little consistent). I don’t really know if this entry is about blogs or friends. Probably the latter, since unfortunate lapses of friendship have been on my mind a lot lately.
In any case, it’s nice to have a parallel. I like analogies.