"Are Blogs Dead?" A couple of blogs I read regularly have recently posed the question: Are Blogs dying, near death, comatose, accepting donations of flowers for their soon-to-be demise, or already pushing up daisies?
None of the above, IMHO. These same bloggers, like me, dismiss Twitter and FaceBook, so where’s the rub? Is it all about “hits” and how many visitors actually read what is posted? It’s easy to get delusional about these things. Just because the counter says they spent 20 minutes reading your stuff, doesn’t mean they did. IMHO, Numbers mean nothing unless the blogger is on an extended ego trip.
Well, in the first place, why do you blog? Are you an aspiring writer using the medium as a stepping stone to stardom? Good luck. Though I think the more you write the better writer you become, that’s my own theory.
Are you writing for yourself in hope of reaching others of like mind who share your interests, views, and political leanings? If so, your chances of reaching those goals are pretty good
For myself, I like to read someone who is being honest with themselves - and me. Share what you wish, but don’t lie about the rest just to appease other readers. I’ve found this a few times and it”s an immediate turn-off. It’s your blog, written about your life, beliefs, and who you are. (Or is it who you SAY you are?) Share what you will - the good, bad, and ugly, but only if you want to. If that’s a lie, the whole reason for blogging is a sham.
There is no shortage of phony people in the world, why add to the list? No one has a gun to your head telling you what to write, but what you write ought to be the truth - not some made up Disney-ish fantasy to placate certain readers, if you get my drift.
I’ve met some great people via this space, and hope to meet more, if possible. They challenge me, give me hope, bring a new insight to any given subject and honor my opinions on those same subjects. To me, that’s what this is all about.
Connecting with a larger community; people of like mind, and even if you never meet in person a bond is forged. A connection that has been made so one feels that they’re not alone in their passions and trials of life.
I do get annoyed when a regular blogger stops writing abruptly without offering a explanation. You know what I mean. Readers invest in the blogs we read, only want the best for our blogger buddies, and if they choose to discontinue; if the blog becomes more a chore than a beloved hobby, then have the courtesy to let us in on the decision - don’t just walk away and disappear. It’s not fair and shows a lack of respect for the rest of the community.
As I’ve mentioned many times, I don’t consider myself a writer, but I write about my life in much the same way that I speak. Oh, I can get gussied up when necessary, but thank heavens, that’s not often. I prefer being myself.
I write stuff that some find offensive or inappropriate, makes some uncomfortable, but that’s their opinion. They don’t have to read the post if that’s the case. But, never try to tell me that I shouldn’t have written it. That crosses the line.
That leads me to the other wonderful thing about blogs: The Comments. I usually lurk when I first find an interesting site, but I am a happy commenter once I get comfortable with the writer and know that my comments will be taken in the spirit they are written. I admit I have a very warped sensahumah.
Most bloggers love comments, and just because I don’t comment on a given post doesn’t mean I’ve not read it. It may mean that other commenters have already covered the points I would have made in my own comment. So, forget the numbers game, as I said, it’s an ego trip.
Write for yourself. What you care about. What interests you or knocks your socks off. Share music and videos you’ve discovered, then sit back and wait for comments from those who already know and love the artist, composer, or director. That’s how we learn and grow. We share.
No… Blogging isn’t dead. It’s not even wheezing. No need for life support. Just enjoy and blog for your own reasons. For Community and shared knowledge, plus a whole lot more.
(I wrote this very quickly, so please forgive repeated thoughts or observations. If I read through it again, I’ll want to edit and clean it up. I just don’t want to do that with this post. - It Is What It Is.)
And so it goes.