2016,  blogging,  Uncategorized


When I write a blog (or a tweet or facebook post) I’m writing about a moment.  What I write is a snapshot.  It shows what happened and how I feel about it right then. And it shows what I want to share.

It doesn’t show anything that I’m worried may compromise my own privacy or safety or that of anyone else.

It doesn’t show every option I’ve considered or every word someone said when I’m writing about doing things or conversations. I’m about blogging details without being too exact or too boring. But I do sometimes use my blog as a recording device for my own record.

It doesn’t show what happens ten minutes after I hit post or how having the outlet of typing it out and sharing my thoughts can at times make me feel better.

This blog does, I hope, show who I am and what I am and give a good overview of all of that and the things I’m passionate about.

And books. I hope this blog is great when it comes to books.

I love blogging.  I love that I have so many years worth of recorded stories and memories.

I love that I can search on my blog for something (last night it was what I’d blogged about Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows) and then get lost reading days or weeks or months of entries that I’d mostly forgotten.  Reminders of funny stories, family weddings, things I did thought, and enjoyed.  And yes sometimes the sucky or frustrating things too.

This blog is not my full story. It’s never been or will ever be my full story.  As much as I hate abridged books – that’s what this blog is.  The abridged Life and Times of Emma (many years ago, around 2006 this blog had the tag line “The Life and Times of Emma”).

And yes, this is a snapshot too. I’ve told you what I’m thinking about blogging tonight but I haven’t told you why, have I?

(Oh and when I read back my predictions for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows I was surprised how accurate they were.)

edit: Holly’s comment below made me remember something I heard about legacies and the internet which I wrote about here


  • Holly Jahangiri

    I think that’s how it should be. I’m not sure that a blog – a personal one, as opposed to a multi-author ezine/corporate thingy – can be anything else, really.

    Oh, some probably do “vague” too well to be interesting, and many of them overshare to the point of putting themselves and friends at risk – their main safety being that there are a billion blogs and few people (certainly very few really horrible people) actually care to hurt them. There are plenty of people who thrive on hanging targets on their own backs.

    Ultimately, one day all these “moments” will add up to a glimpse inside another person’s head – another time, another perspective on history, another take on life itself. Or it’ll be about as exciting as my grocery list. Who knows if any of it will stand the test of time – and given THAT, we’d better at least be amusing ourselves in the process.

  • Alana

    In a way, I guess, all writing is a snapshot. Even if we try to write a memoir, it is just a series of snapshots. And all of us self-censor in some way. Building on Holly’s comment, I think about all the technology that has come and gone in my 63 years. With my first computer, I used 3.5 floppies. My son was given an Apple IIe computer (already obsolete by then) that used 5.5 inch floppies. Anything stored on either of these media is long unreadable. And how about the music I recorded on reel to reel tapes when I was in college? So I got to thinking – will the Internet even be around, in a form where we can read our current blogs, in 10 or 15 years? Perhaps I should look at my early entries (I started my blog in 2009) and see what has already changed?

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