I started blogging in 2006, so 600 blogs posts or so later it makes me wonder about whether blogging adds years to one’s life or takes them away. Let’s hope that if it’s the latter, I’m not posing this question too late.
You’re all familiar of course with the common belief that one dog year is equal to seven human years, although in conducting my “extensive research” I learned that this is essentially false. Apparently, since dogs reach adulthood within the first two years, the more accurate measure is 1 to 10.5 for the first two years and 1 to 4 for the remaining years. For those of you law-abiding citizens who waited until your dog was three before pouring that first beer in his bowl, you now realize you could have started your dog at age 2! Who knew?
So when it comes to bloggers, what’s the formula? We owe it to ourselves to get it right. The question is whether blogging speeds up the aging process or slows it down. One could argue that blogging, as a creative outlet, adds years to your life. Others might suggest that the pressure of developing content day after day or week after week and trying to please a small audience of relative strangers takes an incalculable toll on the human psyche – therefore accelerating the aging process.
Regardless of whether blogging adds or takes away years, it would seem that one formula would be to take one’s chronological age, factor-in the number of years/months blogging, conduct the blogger years to human years conversion, and add or subtract that figure to your chronological age to calculate your “real age!” (I’ll have to consult our social media team for the blogger years to human years conversion table). That said, all theories, formulas and suggestions are welcome.
In the meantime, assuming I have more than a few blog posts left to write before my clock runs out, I welcome your suggestions on topics you’d most like to talk about!