To blog or not to blog…

That is the question I have been stewing over for some time now. What am I afraid of? The “slings and arrows?” “The insolence of office and the spurns?” “The heartache and the thousand shocks?” Or just plain making a fool of myself? “Fools names and fools faces always show up in public places.” One of my reticent Midwestern relatives used to quote that. As opposed to my not-reticent East Coast relatives who would laminate and post on the bulletin board any clipping that named anyone they were remotely acquainted with.

I am a writer. They tell me I must have a “platform.” Why does that always make me think of tap dancing? Or train stations. Maybe tap dancing at the train station. Look at me: tippity, tap, tap. Here I am.

As a writer, you want people to read what you’ve written. There’s no point in pecking away in your lonely garret, letting the pages pile up unread until it’s time for the shredder. Except I’m living in Southern California at the moment. No garrets here. I do have a shredder though.

And stealing a few more words from poor old Hamlet, when I “have shuffled off this mortal coil,” these words will continue to swirl around the cyberclutter like so much space junk. That’s a comfort. I think.

Until then, I need a place to put this stuff. So here goes. Be gentle, please.

[Photo: Jesse Bailey]

16 comments on “Home

  1. fordburkhart says:

    A delightful blog, which for once displays fine writing. I’ll continue to follow this one, just to lift my spirits out of the mush usually seen in blogging. Tap dancing, train stations and Hamlet in one deft blog. Viva Pat!

  2. Lewis Dana says:

    2 b. or not 2 b., that is, oh well, you know the rest. The answer is “Blog away!” Particularly if you can do it in your customary mellifluous English without resort to emoticons, illogic and random ranting, all of which you seem to have avoided so far.

    And, of course, don’t sit up nights waiting for responses, because it will take a while for people to find you. And when they do, many of the responses will curl your hair, cause you to grind your teeth and sharpen knives. Resist! Pay attention only to the kind, the sweet, the adulatory, the funny and the wise remarks. Ignore the rest.

    Have fun and say whatever you want to. Knowing you, you couldn’t ever bear to offend anyone, even when they richly deserve it.

    But, above all, have fun. What the heck else is life for? he asks.

    • patnieder says:

      OK, so this is the secret: If you’re lucky enough to confine the comments to good and true friends, you’ll never have to worry about “the slings and arrows.” But as I’ve said before, I know this wont last. Nice way to get started though. Thank you!

  3. Siv Hendry Keyser says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more posts. I have recommended your site to all of my Facebook friends and hopefully they will not do the “slings and arrows” bit!

  4. wanda kline says:

    Hi Pat,
    I’m so glad to see your work. I have always enjoyed your low key, but right on target, humor. I want to send you some pictures of my recent political and social artworks. I, too, don’t want to create in a vacuum – somebody needs to see it.
    Wanda Kline

  5. merwin says:

    I think the little green men in cyberspace are the ones who my company cleans up after, or more grammatically since this is a literary blog, the ones after whom my company cleans up. Sometimes they are in green buildings, surviving on green energy and green eggs & ham (a literary reference that’s at my grade level.)

  6. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say
    that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

    After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write
    again very soon!

  7. John Bramlett says:

    Well, I want you to know, that I do not feel obligated, but I better if I want another delicious dinner at your home! Cheers,

  8. peter m graf says:

    I just finished reading your Christmas letter. You have such a beautiful place – but all those steps! Not always easy to get around for Ed and for Lotte. Best wishes to the three of you.

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