It occurs to me that as I blog, I merely react to events and various stimuli--like this picture. I don't really do anything creative or original. This worries me.
I like to consider myself a nice person, therefore I don't want to get into anything very controversial. That's not what Ms. Sparrow is about. I'm a non-confrontational person, a regional condition called Minnesota Nice.
Much has been written in Minnesota about our "Nice". Local news commentaries and editorials will deliberate (even agonize) over whether our Niceness is waning.
According to Wikipedia, it is characterized by forced politeness, passive-aggressiveness and false humility. Well! This observation was no doubt made by a New Yorker. There's a quote from Garrison Keillor, "New Yorkers think people from Minnesota are shy because we don't interrupt. New Yorkers interrupt each other all the time."
I find myself shut out of conversations all the time because I can't bring myself to interrupt. Of course, what I have to say usually wouldn't add that much to the conversation anyway (and that is not false humility.
I blog because I don't have to interrupt anybody to do it!