Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Blogs—Serials of Society

Pin It Why do I like to read blogs? Interesting question…really.

I guess you could say that I relate blogs as serials of a society. Blogs, like syndicated programs I love to watch, allow me to know more about certain characters, about their interests, quirks, and even moments of frustration and achievement in their day-to-day living. Like favorite programs, I have my favorite blogs as well. However, I look forward to reading all of the blogs on my subscription list (currently at an undisclosed number). Some of these ‘shows’ are on more frequently, while others only have a special which comes on every once and great while (ex; Yancy’s Christmas Special).

In the words of Will from the movie, About a Boy: “The thing is, a person’s life is like a TV show. I was the star of The Will Show. And The Will Show wasn't an ensemble drama. Guests came and went, but I was the regular. It came down to me and me alone…”

Blogs, like shows, have their major and minor characters…those whom we’ve become endeared to—though perhaps we’ve never before met them. They are the characters we laugh with at the good times, mourn with when there’s tragedy, and stand up and cheer for when they rise up against the odds.

You know what though? The ‘show’ would not be worth watching if it weren’t for the good times, as well as the bad. We need both to recognize the other—and to appreciate them. I never feel so good about feeling well as I do right after I’ve just been sick.

There have been times over the pasts few years when some my favorite ‘characters’ have taken a turn for the worst, are met up with insurmountable odds and trials, or quite simply, jumped in the lineup for a cancellation.

I guess I write this because I need to remind myself that a serial does not have a happy ending…at least, not yet. Sure, there are those episodes which make us feel good at the end when the credits start to roll, but there are others which leave us feeling frustrated or upset.

Just know that the writers will eventually get past that particular hurtful episode, and will get it right. But in the meantime, don’t cancel your show just yet.

6 comments:

kathy said...

That picture reminds me of one I took of you walking up a sand dune on a California beach, where did you get it?!

Anonymous said...

You have a way with words and making me take a look at things from a different view. Thanks!
KJ

Teachinfourth said...

Mom - I found it online. I wish I'd taken it, but I didn't...

KJ - Thanks for reading. Call me about the other thing at school, okay?

Stephen said...

Indeed, you do have a way with words. I have picked up so much wisdom on your blog. I am just starting my own blog, so I have been looking for ideas on others blogs. Then I start reading and get lost in time. (You might say I have too much time on my hands right now.) I have recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, so am I not working for the time being, just dealing with doctors. You amaze me with your talent of writing and photography. If my wife & I had kids, we definitely would want them in your class.

Teachinfourth said...

Thanks, Stephen. I appreciate your kind words. Hope you come back again sometime.

Spenc said...

Thanks, I think everyone needs that reminder sometimes. It's much easier to forget that the next episode might take the characters in a completely different direction, when it's your life and you feel like you are stuck in a rut.

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