So, there was a long, long, long, extremely boring article in the New York Times last week about how the blog revolution is, well, Over. Done, Caput, Finito. Apparently most people who started blogging, thinking they'd make millions of dollars in a book or movie deal, have simply let their blogs go the way of the Dodo. You probably didn't get a chance to read it, but that's okay, it was really boring, like most blogs, I imagine.
Ah, But Not Mine! I'm Still Here! I'm never giving up! I don't care if anyone reads! I'm an oversharer and proud of it! Hah! LOL! I think I mentioned at some point early on that this blog isn't something I'm writing to simply provide amusement for others. It's only partly for everyone else, and partly for myself. To practice my writing. To amuse myself. To write about things that I find funny, interesting, irksome, valuable, ridiculous, etc., etc., etc. And so, I keep on at it. But, did I tell you that there is a growing and substantial number of my close friends and family that don't read this? (I'm sure you are all shaking your heads right now, not at the fact that people aren't reading, but that I'm surprised by it!) And, Uncle Al, I do read EVERY POST of Vineyard Views, I swear!
I must admit, though, that Facebook.com, that evil social empire, is taking up increasing amounts of my valuable internet time. A few of the people I'm friends with actually Use Facebook to communicate with me. Is that ridiculous or am I just so-stuck-in-the-80s? I've received at least two messages over the past couple of days that left me truly wondering about these people, who use Facebook for actual newsy communications, with questions begging to be answered and comments requiring a response. Completely nutty, right? For those of you with profiles on Facebook, I'm sure you'll agree that it's fun having Facebook serve as a communal photo album, and as a repository of brief updates on travels (shout out to Arthur and the Moose!) and books read, But That's It! People who use it to actually carry on a conversation have got to have WAAY too much time on their hands. Or, perhaps they are challenged by the telephone. But really. Come on. Get a Life. .... Like Me. Really. I have a life away from the computer. Really. I do.
To prove it, I am going to share with you an excellent book that I just finished: Olive Kittredge, by Elizabeth Strout. It is the first book since The Road by Cormac McCarthy that I can remember wanting to read again. The words are beautiful, the description of emotions and feelings so perfect and so light-handed that you forget there is even a theme or thread of life's truisms throughout the stories therein. I should warn my male fans that Olive is a bit female-oriented, BUT, please don't let that stop you from picking it up. I found it completely refreshing to have a character with a very specific, straightforward, unforgiving point of view. I finished the book wanting to spend much more time with Olive, wondering what life will bring her next. And, I'm not the only one. She did win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, after all.
Now. Wasn't it worthwhile reading this blog? You have a great book to read, and re-read, and share with your friends, your spouse, your parents. Of course, those of you who don't read my blog, will never know what you're missing.