Another blogger posted the question- is blogging essay writing?
She then quoted the incomparable story teller and essayist E. B. white:
“The essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest.”
Does sound eerily like he’s referring to something that didn't exist in his day- blogging.
A blog can be many things- a running ad for a product or service punctuated by general interest funny observations, a diary-journal that would normally be private but for some reason the owner feels the need to put it out there, or a collection of sayings/quotations meant to inspire.
Or, like my little corner here, a blog can be the place I pretend I’m an essayist the world cares to hear from. A mini Nora Ephron, or an E. B. White. Rather preposterous without their accomplishments or renown, don’t you think?
I don’t think, not even for a minute, that my opinion matters more than anyone else’s. I just enjoy voicing it. My excuse? It’s genetic. Both my parents were opinionated and very articulate people. I come from a cultural group of which it is said, “ you've got two Jews- you’ll get three opinions.”
Even a socially shy individual is still brimming with a need to share how things look and seem to them. It’s basic, like liking sweets. If you don’t like sweets, oh well, there’s always an exception.
That I like to voice- doesn't mean anyone likes to hear. So know that I value and feel deep gratitude for those who are reading this this very minute.
Hey, that’s *you.*