On with the motley.
I woke up thinking about this today. Many of us know the word from the opera, Pagliacci. The tragic clown puts on his costume and make-up, (the motley) and has to entertain the crowd, despite his sadness.
What faces do bloggers like us show to the world? We publish our posts about things that interest us, and may interest others. Writing, photos, cute animals, poetry, and so much more. Our opinions, our politics, sometimes hopes and fears. We may have a photo on our blog, showing us smiling out at the world, enjoying an exotic holiday, or a potentially dangerous adventure.
Some of us write up posts most days; hosting challenges, reviewing things, reblogging the work of others, or just saying what we are going to do today, or what we did yesterday. Beneath all these musings and meanderings there are our real lives. The lives that are not virtual, where we are not always smiling in a photo, or comparing the work of film directors. Lives that are often hard, difficult to endure; waking up to problems, and the daily grind of getting by.
My own life is far from perfect. Since the end of 2015, we have gone through a lot. Family issues, work problems, emotional upsets, and too many bereavements to recall. And nothing is yet resolved, with more stress to face. Physical deterioration making things harder to achieve; and facing up to getting old, with the benefits that brings often outweighed by the realisation of the passing of time that is gone forever. But none of us really want to read about all that stuff, because we are dealing with it ourselves. We seek diversion, we look for the motley, not wishing to discover the sadness behind the show.
So the blogging is our costume, and the posts and photos our stage make-up. Write the post, hit publish, and start again. On with the motley.
Just some thoughts, on a Sunday.
See you in a week or so.