I can relate to the introductory and insightful comments made by Jon Grinder in his Two Wheels blog post, titled “Feedback”, from November 14, 2010. Since reading it, I’ve been thinking further about a blog author’s motivation and his desire to connect with other like-minded enthusiasts. Especially, when those so enthused are rare in the local geography.
Believing I have a pretty good sense about what I’m trying to do with this patch of blog prairie, I wondered how much my blog-land friends, many of whom I’m unlikely to meet in person, are like me. And as I wondered, a few questions came to mind.
As bloggers, how much of ourselves do we really present to the world? Like photos cropped to omit signs, a passing car, or roadside litter to present a more attractive visual image, do our words present an over-idealistic version of ourselves to others?
If we chose words that were a more complete picture of our true identity, would anyone read or provide the “feedback” to which Jon refers? Likewise, because some of us have chosen to spend most of our blog efforts somehow related to the bicycle, do non-bike-geek readers think of us as one-dimensional?
I’ll confess that I’ve wondered if my blog friends met me, and knew my multi-dimensional self, whether there would be disappointment. So how about a totally un-cropped, un-photoshoped view of Pondero? Nah, I think not.
But if I were to widen the field of view just a bit, I’d want you to understand one thing. This blog is recreational for me. The minimal creative work of taking a few snapshots, and writing a few sentences, is mentally refreshing. The time on the bike is physically and mentally refreshing. Blogging about the bicycle outing, and presenting it just the way I like it, is like ordering the value meal combo.
Meanwhile, the more important substance of life, the reality rather than the escape, is the stuff…perhaps too often…lying on the edit room floor.