Blame it on the Bloggin'

Mama's Losin' It

For this week's
Writers' Workshop over at Mama Kat's , I chose the prompt "Why do you blog?"

Now, that's an interesting question, and so many people have asked me why I blogged that I feel this is the right opportunity to answer properly.

Each time I was asked that question, I always felt the need to justify myself, as if I were doing something bad or illegal. People would tilt their heads a little, looking a little concerned. For the most part, I think they dont really know what it's for. But, what is the point, they ask me.

In France, we teach philosophy in High School. Certainly not as thoroughly as we do in University, but we do read Plato and a few of his buddies. I remember my first philosophy class. I was 16 (going on 17... Sorry, BIG fan of The Sound of Music) and very excited. Sandrine had left for England a few years before that to go study philosophy and I was finally going to know what it was all about - I'm pretty sure she must have explained, but then again, I was 11 years old when she left, I'm not sure I was listening or understanding.

Our teacher was great. He was extremely smart, and like all other philosophy teachers, he taught in High schools but also in Uni, at a very high level. He used to tell us he was here to try and teach us how to think for ourselves. To exit the cave, he said.

We all sat in the classroom, I was late so I could only find a seat in the first row. I never left it after that. I liked him a lot. He thought differently from other teachers, you see. He wanted us to think, for real, and he seemed to believe we were all capable of it.

He waited for us to be quiet, and took a moment to look at us. Then, he asked: "So, what's the use of philosophy?" (in French, "Ca sert à quoi, la philo?). Many students, myself included, tried to say something smart. And then, he said: there's no use. "Ca ne sert à rien".

Blogging has no use, either. It serves no purpose. But it did bring us sisters closer, it's fun, and when I write, I think by myself. It's good enough for me.

Oh, one last thing. If you liked this post, would you mind terribly clicking on the RSS feed, here, or the Google connect buttons (top left), or by email at the bottom of this page? And if you didn't like it, you might still want to look around. There's three of us, you know, so you're (almost) bound to find something you like. And then, if you've still got time, you could share this post or stumble it, or both and get in touch with your local tv station to sing our praises. We'll love you forever.


AngieB said...

You are so right! I love your take on blogging - leave it to a Philosophy teacher to express it properly :)

JulieB said...

I've slowly started "coming out" about the fact that I have a blog (no, actually make that 2 now I guess!!) to my friends recently and still get that "what on earth for?" question. I'll be pointing them at this blog post in future!

Karen and Gerard said...

I ask myself this question a lot lately because I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by Linky deadlines and the feeling that I should visit all the other links but just don't have the time and if I did, why would I want to spend all day and evening on the computer? I guess I'm just addicted to blogging now but do get pleasure out of posting things people find funny or interesting. If I didn't blog, I'd be bored.

Visiting from Writer's Workshop. Here's mine: http://zemeks.blogspot.com/2010/09/inspired-by-marva-collins-back2blogging.html

Marianne said...

Dear Angie: Yes, philosophy teachers are really good at using the exact right words you've been looking for ;)

Dear Julie: Thanks, that's very sweet. And youre SO right, it totally is a coming out.

Dear Karen (or Gerard?): Tell me about it, I also spend my evenings on my computer ;)

jazzygal said...

Hi there! great post!

I too was very shy when I started blogging and hardly told anyone. I do it for fun and as a sort of creative outlet.

Oh... and I LOVE The Sound of Music :-)

xx Jazzy

gaelikaa said...

Wow, so there's three of you. I've been looking for you and not quite sure how I couldn't, but it seems I've found you now. I think Sandrine came to my blog and this week it was you. I notice you frequent both Mama Kat's and Josie's just like me. There's at least three blogs that do the two workshops. I'm sticking to the English one for now and doing the US one when the English one is not on as I'm a bit overworked blog-wise right now!

Thanks for your visit,

gaelikaa xxx

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