What with manipulating templates to make it look the way you want, coming up with topics to write about on a semi-regular basis, monitoring the comments to ward off comment spam, and so on, keeping a blog really isn’t as easy as some people might think it would be.

Of course, you never want to write about the same subjects (generally) that your pals are also writing about … after all, who wants to read the same post written by 12 different people in 12 different ways?

No, you have to be original.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Insist upon yourself. Be original.” On the other hand, Ben Franklin says, “Originality is the art of concealing your sources.”

So which tack do you take?

I know that I feel like I should try to contribute something at least every other day or so … when I have problems, I resort to quotes that I find inspirational. Hardly original, but perhaps it helps give a better insight into who I am.

Other days, I just sort of spew my feelings, like I’m doing right now.

And sometimes I just feel like pointing out something I’ve found interesting, like the recent article on cyclocross in the New York Times.

But I’ll keep at it, as will the rest of the bloggers I know, and who knows … maybe someone will actually enjoy reading what I have to say.