Roland Dürre
Sunday June 19th, 2011

Mental Crisis on Sunday

To Blog Or Not To Blog? Here are some doubts expressed by a blogger …

The weather is great as I look out of the window, I am sitting on a house boat and travelling through a fantastic Finnish summer. Again and again, I have my doubts about whether or not it makes sense to write the IF blog. Especially if the weather is like today. And even more so today, because tomorrow is my birthday.

I have now been writing blogs for more than three years. Consequently, I – since I, too, am one of those persons who are (too) brain controlled – will now try to find pros and cons and balance them against each other. What can you say against me blogging and what in favour of it?

Pros:

  • I enjoy it.
  • It is active behaviour.
  • I meet people who immensely enrich my life.
  • Otherwise, there are also many contacts, for instance leading up to meetings or activities, such as presentations.
  • I form an opinion and practice making good sentences out of them. That is also helpful in other areas of life.
  • IF-Blog.de and duerre.de are the basis of my internet presence and part of my business.
  • It would be a pity to terminate it.

Cons:

  • It consumes time. To be sure, there are articles I manage to write in a few minutes.
  • But some articles, especially the reports on presentations, really take up a lot of time.
  • Especially during the weekends, I prepare many articles for the next week. That is a strain on my leisure time.
  • Maybe I sometimes write too openly about myself. That might have negative consequences. Maybe some federal agencies already started observing me critically?
  • What possible consequences might that have for me personally (economically, socially, politically)?
  • I might even be totally misunderstood. Perhaps some people think of me as a radical and embittered dogmatist, while I see myself as an enlightened person who accepts life as it is?

So what to do?

After all, it is my goal in life to unfold my own life, as well as other people’s lives in as many dimensions as possible. My own life? Yes, because only if I manage to do that, I will be able to contribute towards the unfolding of other people’s lives.

And if my blog and my other internet activities can have a positive effect, I will continue with them. Besides – when all is said and done, I first and foremost write for myself.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I am absolutely aware that the „meaning of life“ is more than (just) twittering and blogging. But still, it is something terrific.

3 Kommentare zu “Mental Crisis on Sunday”

  1. Chris Wood (Sunday June 19th, 2011)

    Dear Roland, don’t think of stopping. I would have trouble finding anywhere else to be “chief commentator”. I would then certainly make worse use of my extra time. Don’t worry about revealing too much of your character. You probably seem more attractive in your blog than in the flesh. Anyway you take few risks; you criticise too much only where it is accepted and greeted, (e.g. the German government). I cannot remember when you last criticised Islamists.
    I think we make a good team. I am good at correcting misapprehensions, and remembering world-wide aspects, but lack your creativity and breadth of detailed knowledge.
    I can think of only one danger your blog can bring. You may get burgled while telling the world that you are on holiday.
    Being creative for once, here is a suggestion for the next opinion poll. How long will Homo sapiens remain the dominant species on Earth? (Go up in factors of 10). I estimate 100 to 1000 years.

  2. ee (Sunday June 19th, 2011)

    Lieber Chris,
    da muß ich an den schönen Witz denken:

    Treffen sich zwei Planeten.
    “Wie gehts?”
    “Oh schlecht! Ich hab homo sapiens.”
    “Ach – das ist nicht so schlimm! Das geht vorbei!”

  3. Hans Bonfigt (Monday June 20th, 2011)

    Weitermachen.

    Das if-Blog ist für mich eins der wenigen lesenswerten Internetpublikationen, es wäre wünschenswert, wenn einige Autoren mehr schrieben.

    Mit dem if-Blog erreichen Sie vielleicht nicht mehr, aber sicher andere Leser als mit einer ‘facebook’ – Seite.

    Zuguterletzt, ganz persönlich:
    Ende 2009 wurde bei mir eine schwere Erkrankung diagnostiziert; eine größere Operation mit anschließendem nicht gerade wellnessänlichem Genesungsprogramm war recht anstrengend; die verabreichten Chemikalien sorgten zuverlässig für üble Depressionen. In so einer Situation, in der man nicht weiß, ob man es schafft oder nicht, kommt man auf die Idee, im eigenen Leben zu stöbern, ich gab ‘Kienzle’ in eine Suchmaschine und entdeckte
    http://if-blog.de/rd/computer-vintage-4-meine-schonste-folie-war-ein-flip-chart-1981
    Mir hat der Artikel auf Anhieb so gut gefallen, daß ich mich fast durch das ganze Blog gefressen habe. Bemerkenswert fand ich, daß R.D. den ‘spirit’ eingefangen hat, der in den 80er Jahren vorhanden war. Etwas, das es m.E. in ‘unserer’ Branche heute nicht mehr gibt.

    Wie auch immer, die Lektüre hat mir viel Mut gemacht und mir über viele “dicke Bertas” (so heißen die großen Flaschen mit Zytostatika) hinweggeholfen.

    Habe lange überlegt, ob ich das öffentlich schreiben sollte, aber ich finde, wenn man sich an einer öffentlichen Quelle erfreut, sollte man sich öffentlich bedanken.

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