An old form of Japanese entertainment that involves a single person telling a story verbally while acting out the various personalities of the cast of the story.
How did I come to know of this?
From an anime titled “Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu”.
In episode 11, Yuurakutei Sukeroku said,
“You said you were fine being alone, but you really can’t do rakugo by yourself. When the audience really wants you, there’s just the right amount – not too many, and not too few – you can properly see each other, give them your best performance you have and have a proper, emotional back and forth.”
This really made me think. Just like they cannot perform rakugo without an audience, what good would blogging be if there is no one to read them? The joy of blogging is when you have an audience who constantly looks forward to your posts. It doesn’t have to be a large number of people, however, it would be sad if there were too few as well (might as well just share with the few people around you who are willing to listen). With a decent following, people who want to listen to you, it motivates you to tell them a good story. Tell them something interesting and worth their while. Something that they can relate to or at least something they can enjoy and respond wholeheartedly to. If blogging simply becomes a one-way street for me and all anyone does it read my posts without any actual interest. Without being able to respond in any way… I would not be able to properly “see” my audience. It would be as though I lack an audience altogether. I wouldn’t be able to continue blogging like that.
Yuurakutei Yakumo also said,
“…people can’t understand everything about each other. And yet people still live together. The love of sharing trivial, meaningless things with others is human nature. I suppose that’s why humans can’t stand to be alone.”
I do not fully understand myself or those around me. So I write. I write and share my thoughts. Perhaps, sharing every otherwise fleeting thought that enters my head with others would spark something. Perhaps, it would give me new insights into who I am as a person. While learning of other’s perspectives, I would be able to find out more about others as well. I hate the unknown… Maybe that’s why, even though being alone is nice and peaceful, I can’t stand it for too long. Being alone, isolating myself, it makes the fact that I do not understand those around me even more evident. At the same time, it emphasises the fact that they will know nothing about me. Not even trivial, otherwise meaningless things.
It scares me not to understand.
It scares me to not be understood.
That’s why I write and seek to be written to.
What do you think about blogging?
Or if you’re a blogger yourself, what motivates you to blog?
Comment your thoughts below. 🙂