I haven’t done a blog about blogging in awhile…figured you missed them…
What is the difference between writing a blog and writing an article for a magazine or newspaper? Interaction between writer and reader. I never comment on things I read in the Times or Real Simple- I read, think, and discard. But blogs…sometimes I feel so compelled I actually add my own two cents into the little box at the bottom of the page. And sometimes, others are compelled to leave their opinion on mine. In fact, I often ask questions of my readers so that they feel compelled to directly speak to me. I like the interaction. I thrive on the interaction. The interaction is why I blog.
Case in point- my blog last Wednesday had over 100 comments. Granted, half of them were my responses, but still….that’s a lot of time that people took out of their day to join in a discussion.
I love that.
I love the idea of people from all walks of life discussing an issue that is universally relatable. We all got to hear differing view points and think about aspects that we had never previously considered. It was a great thinking and learning moment for anyone who took part. And isn’t that what life is? Thinking and learning something new every day? (though, to be fair, one of my blog friends recently wrote that she is tired of learning something new every day- she just wants to experience something new every day…but that’s a whole different thing)
Blogger Rachel McAlpine (Write into Life) recently did a poll of older bloggers, asking why they blogged and such. It was a very informative study about what goes on in our minds, and Rachel is an amazing writer and blogger. But, there was one comment that sort of bothered me – One responder said that they only wrote a blog, that they didn’t read blogs of others. OK- I understand the time commitment it takes to follow and comment on blogs. I know that I have days where I can’t read at all, days when I choose between reading 20 and not commenting, or reading 10 and commenting. But I try to stay in the game. Not out of obligation, but because blogging works best when there is give and take- when someone is not preaching, but rather opening up the forum for debate. That is what blogging is to me.
And honestly- I get so many ideas for blogs from comments that I receive. Last month I asked the question- should you tell someone when they don’t look their best. Since then I have written two follow ups, with more to come. There were so many viewpoints I had never considered, and I’m finding it fascinating that there are so many ways to look at one question. Every comment that I read makes me think of something else, makes me ask another question, let’s me change the variable just a little bit. I know this is what I envisioned when I began blogging- expansion of thoughts and ideas. Interaction of people who might never have met under conventional circumstances. Opening up the mind to possibilities that one never knew existed.
So here’s the question for today: Do you like the interaction between blogger and reader? Does the interaction make blogging better for you, or does it make it worse? Why?
And of course- Why do you blog?