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Thursday, January 20, 2011

prince & pauper



I was recently reading a bit about Mark Twain. Interesting man, fascinating life.
He once said, "Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man." And that is true ... one can hardly tell from what others say about a person, what he/she is really like - deep down. But from what I have read about his life, then reading his works - I believe his books tells us who Sam Clemens really was.
All this leads me to this: Blogs are fun reading, yes. Profitable for some, therapeutic for others. But what are they really? To an extent, they are our autobiographies. Even if our daily writings are only passing thoughts we share with each other, as a rule they are honest and true thoughts. Stack a year's worth of blogs together and they will give you a glimpse of the person who penned them.
Want to know who Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain really was? Read Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper, Crossing the Mississippi, etc. Skip the biographies.
Want your posterity to know who you were? Keep those blog posts coming!

23 comments:

  1. oh geez! have i been giving away my secrets???? lol.

    hope all is well. ALWAYS good to see you.

    hugs :)

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  2. Interesting point. Quite insightful about reading his novels to really get to know the man. It's also making me think about my blog, is this the story of my life that I want to write??? Going to ponder a bit I think. Happy Day friend.

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  3. You're spot on, sweetie!

    Happy Thursday xoxo

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  4. What a great way to think of blogging! I do keep mine as a reminder of the fun things I do, especially since I have such a horrible memory. I should rename my blog to JenRem's autobiography!

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  5. i think that mark twains personal autobiography just became published, he made a clause that it couldnt be printed till a hundred years after his death, should make an interesting read.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/after-keeping-us-waiting-for-a-century-mark-twain-will-finally-reveal-all-1980695.html

    i sometimes wonder why i bother to keep up my blog, then i realise its exactly for the reason that you just wrote

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  6. It is quite weird that our kids, grand kids...great great great great grandkids will get to see so much of us online!

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  7. I think blogs are a sort of autobiography. I love blogging, even after a hard days work, it's nice to just write. Great post! :)SarahD x

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  8. Absolutely - I've met a few bloggers and they've all been exactly the same in the flesh! :)

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  9. So true and you do really feel like you know a person after following their blog for awhile. xo

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  10. Interesting - I often wonder what will become of blogs and what does become of blogs when we stop using them. Will they become the history books of the future?

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  11. i want to read his autobio that recently came out

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  12. I should go back and read my posts. A lot has changed for us in two years!

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  13. I love Twain.
    I am writing for posterity but my posterior is paying for it ; )

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  14. First, Happy New Year. You are so right about blogging- it is autobiographical. Neat insight!

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  15. I love all the works of Mark Twain. I understand that some of his words will be cut from new additions. I find that very sad. You change history because it may affend someone. Mark Twian loved the South and it shows in every thing he has done. Just a thought, Mary

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  16. Denalee,

    What a wonderful story! It is so true, we share a little bit about who we are and what we believe in all of our posts!

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  17. I so agree my friend. xoxo Happy Monday to you

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  18. That is such a great point, sweetie..You are spot on! Happy Monday morning
    Hugs

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  19. Oh no.... my posterity is going to be a little freaked out by me.

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  20. Hi sweetie, checking in on you! Ohhhhh how true your words are! Hope you and your family are all doing well!
    HUGS!
    Vicki

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