Am I boring you? Try “The View” in B&W. 〜 ブログがつまらなくなったか?白黒は?

“The View” is no longer a young blog.  It was started eleven years ago in a fit of enthusiasm for what was then a fairly new form of communication.  Somehow, and with many gaps, your sometimes faithful editor has managed to continue for over a decade.  But one begins to wonder, hasn’t it all gotten a bit dull for the reader?  Does it consist of nothing more than a yearly cycle of concert announcements, accounts of bike rides, and too many photos?

このブログは11年前にスタートしたものです。始めた頃、ブログと言うものは比較的新しいコミニュケーションの道具でした。今は、ブログよりSNSの方が人気ではないでしょうか?まあ、このブログを10年以上なんとなく続けて来ました。振り返ってみれば、内容は主に音楽関係のアナウンスと報告、サイクリング情報、そして、写真でした。読者たちは退屈していないだろうか、と自分に問いかけてみることもあります。

“Successful” blogs, the writers tell us, should focus on a single topic.  They should provide the reader with useful information.  Perhaps a bit of soul-baring and juicy private information.  Rants on topics political and religious might not be amiss.  What does the reader think?   Is it time for a course correction?

正しいブログの書き方は専門家が説明します。内容が統一され、読者たちに役に立つ情報を提供することがよい、とのことです。有名人のゴシップ、自分のプライベートな情報を載せると読者たちが増えると思われますね。皆さんはどう思うでしょうか?

Your editor, of course, is over 39, and therefore, part of a generation where privacy was a valued commodity.  One simply didn’t do a daily tell-all a la Facebook.  Those wishing to publicize their private lives either had to become famous and let the press do it for them, or bother their closest friends with daily phone calls.  I would love to tell you my innermost thoughts and feelings on a daily basis.  Can’t you imagine a post titled “soulful confessions of a suffering of a middle-aged choirmaster?” Imagine the tremendous social upheaval it would cause!  Seriously, though, I think it is be too late for me to try and titillate the reader with exciting personal info.  I’d have to make it up, in any case.  So, the conclusion is that “The View” will continue on as usual, but will attempt to add some spice and variety when appropriate.  Today’s spice and variety?  Black and white photos.  How’s that for something new and exciting here at the “View?”

私は既に20歳を超えています!(ご存知の方が多いと思いますが)。同世代の方も同感するでしょうが、プライバシーをまもらないといけない考えを持っています。近年、フェースブック、などのSNSで人生の全てを公開する時代になったにもかかわらず、自分の本当のプライベートなことは公開しない方針です。だから、ブログの方針を変更したくても、当分の間、似たような内容を更新するしかありません。しかし、少しでも違った内容が良いと思いますので、今日の内容は「白黒散歩」です。楽しんで頂ければ幸いです。

TOKYO BLACK AND WHITE (by topic, click to enlarge) 東京白黒(トプック別、クリックすれば拡大します)

1. Cycling  〜 サイクリング・自転者

2. People  〜 人間

3. Nostalgia  〜 ノスタルジア

4. Signs  〜 看板

5. Wind and winter skies  〜 風と冬の空

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6 Responses to Am I boring you? Try “The View” in B&W. 〜 ブログがつまらなくなったか?白黒は?

  1. Katie says:

    I enjoy your blog, Scott, and you are an amazing photographer!

  2. scotto says:

    Thanks! So no gossip, etc, needed? I do appreciate the comment on the photos.

  3. Lynda says:

    Don’t ever stop – I live vicariously through your adventures!

  4. scotto says:

    OK, Lynda. As long as the fingers can type out a post I’ll work at it. Sometimes it gets a bit frustrating not being able to really put strong opinions out, but some things are best kept secret, eh?

  5. Michael E Barnes says:

    Boring??? Who said you were boring?? Never to me! Keep the pictures and comments coming! I save them all, you know.

  6. scotto says:

    Why thank you, Mike! Truth be told, I was reading the blog of an acquaintance, and his was fascinating, full of self-analysis, confessions, etc. It all made me feel a bit Edsel-ish. But I will plod on, so thanks for your encouraging words.

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