Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Sunday, January 30, 2011
  Should I Fire the Blog Back Up?
It's been about 8 months, since I last posted. Does anybody still read this thing?

Like many, I've started using Facebook to post all the quick hits and passing thoughts that used to make it onto the blog. But what I've noticed is that I no longer write anything longer than a paragraph, and when I post a story to Facebook about anything controversial or political, hardly anybody comments.

I tend to think the lack of comments is because it is such an open forum and literally the hundreds of friends that everyone has not only *can* see your thoughts, but *will* see whatever you write. Politics (and religion) have rarely made good dinner party conversation precisely because of the potential to offend or annoy. Hence Facebook tends to be more about happy things, or social things, or family, etc...

When I write that Michelle Bachmann is loony or that my local city council is considering a rule change, I don't expect my mostly Republican high school friends, or my cousins, etc... to give a damn. But here, I might get some interaction from various parties, known or anonymous.

Frankly, I don't mind telling people what I think. The old adage, "If you can't say something nice..." tends to only apply in personal interaction in my book. Public policy as well as those who live in the public realm must suffer the slings and arrows of folks like me. And I have taken my own share of criticism, as well. It comes with the territory.

But such commentary is not Facebook. So if I spend the time to put my thoughts to writing, will anybody care? That is the question I am asking.
For the last eight months, I have checked in occasionally, just to see if you are back. Love your fb posts, and I always enjoy the blog when you write, but also understand, oh boy do I understand, what it is to grow weary of blogging and wonder, "is it worth it?"
If you want to write, you just write, don't worry about an audience ... you should scrap this and get a fresh start somewhere else ...
Hi Greg, very cool you have a blog! I always enjoy your viewpoints. Keep writing -- don't worry who is or isn't reading. :-)Tru
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