In which I think about why I’ve had such a long blog break

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I used to be a jolly enthusiastic blogger. Not always reliable in the posting every week on the same day sense, but I posted moderately frequently and could generally come up with something to pontificate on at relatively short notice.

And then I sort of stopped. I didn’t stop dead. I stopped over months, or possibly even years. The posts slowed down, and by the middle of last year they’d all but dried up.

And now, it being January, and the year being all fresh and new I’m thinking ‘I shall get back into the habit of blogging in 2018.’ And as a first step I’m thinking about why I stopped.

I think that ultimately having an opinion on stuff started feeling a little bit pointless. I’d say I’m economically generally pretty left-wing and socially pretty liberal. And there have been moments – quite a lot of moments – where it’s felt like those things were fairly pointless things to be in recent years. It’s been easy to feel like the world us hippy liberal types thought we were building is slipping away. The morning after the Brexit vote I felt physically ill. The only reason Donald getting elected was any better was that by then I’d sort of conditioned myself to expect the worst.

Now, I’m a liberal leftie who grew up in the north of England during the eighties so I’m by no means unused to the feeling that the political tide is sweeping away from me. That happens. But this feels worse. Possibly it is worse. Possibly it feels worse because there are millions of voices all over the internet magnifying the horror.

And the magnification isn’t just people I disagree with shouting loudly. It’s people I agree with shouting loudly too. It’s the fact that on the internet so much of the time we’re all set to transmit. We listen only in order to work out how we’re going to argue against, rather than to try to understand. And that makes being just another voice set to transmit feel like a very bad thing to be.

But maybe in that context quiet voices, popping up once a week, and muttering ‘I think it’s a bit more complicated than that,’ or ‘You know those two points of view your vociferously arguing from aren’t actually mutually exclusive,’ or y’know ‘Hey guys! Why can’t the farmer and the cowman just be friends?’* are even more important.

So in that spirit I’m stepping back into the blogosphere. Be warned – it will, as ever, be eclectic and random. Posts will be based solely and entirely on what shiny thing has caught my attention in the current second. And 90% of the time the conclusion will be either ‘It’s complicated,’ or ‘Everyone just play nicely,’ and sometimes I will break my own rules about not just shouting into the abyss and get a little bit ranty. Apologies for those weeks, but even in those weeks, I think I’ve decided that it’s better to engage and converse (even on a tiny corner of the interweb that barely anyone will ever see) than to sit quietly and feel overwhelmed by the dark.

 

* Extra musical-theatretastic brownie points for everyone who gets that reference.

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One thought on “In which I think about why I’ve had such a long blog break

    Will Sch said:
    January 11, 2018 at 3:29 am

    I still feel sick, Alison. 2017 was like a bad dream that I couldn’t wake up from only to wake up and want to go back to sleep again because it was real. How?How?How? have we got in to this horrendous mess. And why, why why aren’t we protesting louder. I hate the feeling of impotence that that so called democracy has brought me to. We’re so British so we must play it fair. No one likes a bad loser…but the B…. system that was set up by Eton ‘boys’ (the elite) was pitifully ill thought out. I’d like to try them all for treason. But I guess I wouldn’ catch the ring leader as he’s scuppering round the world feathering his pockets with ill gotten gains from motivational speeches- lol.
    As it seems fashionable to be a crackpot today, I’ll offer my crackpot theory of what’s happening.
    All the MP’s and civil servals who are involved in pushing through Brexit with Indecent haste are actually spies from … —— fill in the blanks. They were recruited at either Oxon or Cambs Universities Unfortunately it was a bad year for talent so 3rd and 4th division choices had to be made. I’d better not mention the set up over the pond as that just beggars belief.

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