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?

86 thoughts on “Why We Blog

  1. Why do I Blog? I have no idea… I was reading about what is a blog till the WordPress ad showed up and I just made an account for a lark, not knowing what am I doing. Then I read a book, the author told write what you think about the book, and that was my first post. Then I met James J Cudney IV who helped me traverse these pages with a lot of patience… And I made friends some stayed, some stayed apart (😂😂)
    Then I went on a self discovery, no idea how I started writing my thoughts and why they came out as poems…
    I liked talking and interacting till wp put me in spam.. Since I am out now, I interact more and I try to read up most blogs and comment on them but on the go… Rarely do I have the free time to write long comments… Yea you are the special one📝😂😘
    I am sure I have answered some of your questions.
    I blog, but I always remember my real world is more important. The people in them matter more. Makes sense?

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  2. I think it depends on the blog. Some blogs, like yours, ask questions and encourages the reader to respond and interact verses other blogs where you comment “great post” and the author responds with a like and that’s okay because you are there for the content, not the interaction.

    But overall I’d say it makes the experience better but is not always needed.

    And as for why I blog, well I love to write 😊.

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  3. I love interaction and the fact that you seek and ask for interaction. I wish I had more time to spend on my blog. But until I do, I will keep reading and commenting (when time allows).

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  4. I love the interaction between reader and blogger! I love it for several reasons. One of the first reasons I started to adore this relationship had to do with my vanity. Because let’s be real, interactions help the writer gauge what’s good/bad/in-between. Sometimes we have to take silence as a middle ground. Granted, my blog type is much different from yours, and while we may get different forums in terms of interactions, I don’t think that discredits either of us. But ultimately the interactions stem from a want to continue writing and to be a better human.
    (I’m gonna try not to make this into a dissertation!! haha)
    In loose terms, I started blogging because I thought I had a unique idea and I wanted to start sharing my writing with the world. Simple as that. Anxiety kicked in a lot in the beginning because I didn’t know how to tag and I wasn’t really getting a lot of readers or interaction that wasn’t from my personal group of friends and family. So it goes. But those first few loyal readers that came along? Very special to me! Same time though, it’s not always roses and sunshine…. but, I think the positivity far outweighs the negativity. I think in a lot of ways the readers are a combination of holding the blogger accountable and cheerleaders, for lack of a better term. I keep blogging because I want to and I’ve formed it into a habit. I love these interactions. (But sometimes I need a break lol!) I think the community helps someone be a better version of themselves and to shine in their writing no matter the content. And I think that’s special. ~K

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    1. Excellent thoughts!! And it’s true, some blogs are more conducive to open forum, but I love the ideas your blog generates. I love wordplay and multi definition, and I love how you incorporate your words into something, like jay used to do. I love the conversations that begin on my blog, and we often discuss them at my dinner table. Last night my husband and daughter talked about what I wrote yesterday and the responses. Of course, neither reads my blog…they just get my readers digest version…

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  5. Joan Dldion famously said, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking.” I think blogging is much the same, plus, it offers the added benefit of interacting with readers, which allows us to further refine our ideas, and even change our minds if someone presents new evidence or a compelling new perspective. I read the same results in Rachel’s post about why older bloggers blog. I was somewhat saddened by the blogger who writes only for herself/himself and has no interest in reading the blogs of others. It seems like they are missing an opportunity to broaden their horizons and perhaps learn something new–not to mention the delight in connecting with other people. That connection with people in other countries, diverse circumstances, and varied perspectives is a gift. But it’s not for me to say that someone who rejects such a gift is wrong. They just have different views and values. And I hope they’re getting what they need from their siloed approach to blogging.

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    1. That comment made me sad as well, for the exact reasons you mentioned. It’s a gift to be able to. See how others view the world, it’s a gift to meet people of varied backgrounds, because you see the similarities we all share no matter where we live. I’ve learned more about human nature and humans in general in the past year than I’ve learned my entire life. And Didion was right- it has clarified my thoughts and expanded my range.

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  6. Interaction between bloggers is paramount! Honestly, I’ve grown to care so much about the bloggers I follow, I consider them my friends.
    I love the interactions, learning more, experiencing more than I ever could on my own! These comment conversations stimulate more thoughts, more ideas, they help me understand different points of view.
    As a curious beast, I always ask questions, want to learn more things. Interacting with my fellow bloggers is an excellent way to do that!

    Why I blog?
    Well, to put my thoughts out in the world. To share what moves me, to see what moves others. To constantly learn and grow through my writing.

    Great post, LA! Thanks for being part of my, and having me in your blogging fam! ❤

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  7. Why do I blog? That is easy. I love to write- I love to discuss, create and share. That is one of the reasons my blog doesn’t fall into any one category. I will talk and write about depression- share poetry and short stories- my travel experiences etc… It is all so I can do what I love and blogging gives me the courage to continue with my other writing projects. (And it is funny that you bring this topic up because I was just editing a blog on this topic that I hope to publish in the future) I have been working on writing novels, poetry and short stories for years- and only since sharing my work so publicly have I really felt like maybe I am on to something here and this is what I should be doing. I also love connecting with people all over the globe- hearing their stories, learning and finding common ground. I don’t feel as ‘alone’ especially when it comes to writing. There are others like me out there- Who knew?!

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    1. You put it so perfectly! It’s wonderful to find other people who share a love of writing and expressing ideas and thinking. I love the blogs that touch on different things, because I think we’re all multi dimensional, and I love seeing all the different hats people wear!!

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  8. Blogging began as a journal for my kids. Then, when I figured out that they could care less about my past/their past it became an outlet to connect with others of similar interests and such. The interaction is what makes blogging fun for me. I don’t Instagram or FB anymore. Blogging is the one form of social media that I hang on to. Now that I am truly living alone, as opposed to living alone with a non-communicating partner, blogging serves as another outlet for bouncing around ideas, events, and even questions that come up here and there.

    I love knowing that someone has read my words and taken the time to comment so I try to do the same as often as possible with the blogs that I follow. Isn’t that the simple idea behind this entire process…to connect in a real way with others?!

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    1. That’s it! To connect in a real way! I find that I am able to be very honest in my blog, and I don’t worry about being judged (well, you know…haters gonna hate) I’ve learned so much about myself since I began writing…and it’s been a great trip!!

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  9. I love reading my comments. They give me so much to think about and make me a better person. I love the commenting back and forth. I, too, get ideas for other blog posts. My experience has been very positive and I love it!!!!

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  10. I started a blog as a way to get into a writing habit and to share my research with people. Then I realized that blogging is sort of an online support group, generally by writers for other writers. I seem to put waaaay too much time into reading and commenting, but I love the interaction aspect. And I love learning and have learned so many things from other bloggers. I’m hooked!

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  11. I love the interaction and the insight that comes from connecting with so many people you would otherwise have no chance of knowing. So far, touch wood, the blogs I have read and comments I have read and received have all been respectful and constructive, showing that it is possible for people to debate and discuss and hold differing views without being insulting and offensive to each other. Politicians – take note!

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  12. Absolutely! The interaction is why I started blogging. I had so many ideas and opinions and I wanted healthy dialogue around those topics. I also like sharing my life and learning about the lives of others. That’s another level of interaction.

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  13. Great questions LA. I love the interaction in blogging. It inspires me. It helps me. And I hope on some level when I add a comment, that it helps someone else. Why do I blog? Because I find that blogging creates a community in the atmosphere and in my experience, it has only enriched my life. So that’s why…also because many times the themes of troubles that I may experience may be someone else’s so it gives us a way to support each other virtually. I read all sorts of blogs because I like to learn. I like people who are authentic and I enjoy that sense of community. Thanks for asking us…

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  14. When I started my blog I knew nothing about the interaction part. I wanted to write and so I started. I later on realized how important it is to read, comment and have a conversation and that is what keeps the blogosphere alive and active.
    I post only once a week but try and read what others post almost every day.
    To share something here, on the day I posted about judging others and self, I got comments from two bloggers who had written about similar content almost at the same time. It was so nice to read the different aspects and thoughts about the same topic.
    Reading, commenting and having a conversation is as much fun as writing.
    Thank you for bringing it up LA.

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    1. It always amazes me when multiple bloggers have the same topic on their mind! And you’re right….seeing the different perspectives is great, and how each blogger dispenses the information. And I agree. The interaction makes blogging special!

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  15. I loved this blog. I have two different answers to your question… I personally write because I MUST. I write whether I blog or not. So essentially, I do write for myself and not for anyone else. I have to express myself. But….

    I blog for a different reason. I blog to get a message out to the world or to share my thoughts with others. And if I put something on my blog it is because I want others to read it. I also LOVE reading other bloggers’ posts. I enjoy getting to know other writers. And the interaction between people is necessary and lovely. Or else why blog? One of the things I enjoy is when you pose questions. It humanizes your blog. I think we blog to relate to others and share ideas. I write because I must. I blog for different reasons.

    Back in the day, I WOULD write to newspapers and give my two cents on articles. THIS is so much easier. I have always responded to authors or journalists. Sometimes I do get annoyed at some younger bloggers because they are so all over the place…. but then I remember that they are young, or learning, and their view of the world is different. That they aren’t trained journalists or writers. They are just bloggers. They haven’t had a plethora of experiences to fall back on and therefore their writing shows often that lack of knowledge or life skills. But the thing is, they often THINK they know everything which is rather comical. Just an assessment from someone over 50 (way over).

    I think there is an extreme difference in those who blog. Some young bloggers do it just to get responses and likes and that irks me sometimes because when they publish a badly written, grammatically poor poem or essay, I cringe and yet their buddies tell them how fabulous they are and I want to say…. UGH! Go to school, express yourself yes, but learn something before you think you are Hemingway.

    I think what is fabulous, however, is that women are given a voice on blogs. That is something we did not have before unless we could get ourselves published. I had articles and short stories as well as educational grants published in the past, but now, I can just write anything, about anything, don’t have to edit it a hundred times…. in fact I can send a blog from my phone unedited and post it while I am waiting to see the hairdresser. And that is a beautiful thing. And best of all. Women of ALL ages can express themselves and respond and relate to one another on a blog. In the past women wrote in their journals. Now we can write a blog and become a community of like minded friends. It is pretty amazing and empowering.

    BTW, Your posts are so real and authentic. You discuss topics and ideas that are relevant and affect all of us. I love that about your blog. So I can’t believe that anyone would write a blog and not want to read other bloggers. That makes no sense. We are a community of sharers. With many voices and that is truly remarkable.

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    1. Thank you for powerful and amazing comments. I’m glad that so many women have become bloggers, because as you stated, it gives them a platform to express their thoughts and ideas. I love that everyone has a chance to give their voice and present new outlooks and expound on thoughts of others.

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  16. I enjoye interaction, but a lot of times life gets in the way and I never get back to the posts I read and planned to comment on or the posts I planned to read. I think writing for me will be more important now that I have more time alone. I need some place for all of my thoughts to go and I don’t want to start talking to the dog.

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  17. Interaction is key to me. I love reading comments (the few that I get) on my posts and I enjoy commenting on other’s posts if I feel I have something relevant to say. When I don’t that’s when I just use the “like” button. When “The Internet” was first a thing, I used to tell my kids not to talk to any strangers because they could be “bad” people. Now I know that there are plenty of interesting people out there and I learn so much from seeing pictures and reading blogs about places I may never get to see, the sharing of good books and reading the stories that others write. Then there are the bloggers like you who make me think about life and how we live it. As for why I started my blog, I must admit that I started it because I wanted to try to get interest in my Etsy site and have an outlet to showcase my craft work but along the way I realized that I really like to write and I love to make people smile. There is a lot of negativity out there and if I can generate a smile, I consider I am doing my part to bring some positivity to the party. Thanks for another great post!

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    1. Thanks! I agree with you. Blogging is a place to come together and figure out our similarities and it’s ok to notice the differences, but that’s ok because it’s all good because it expands our horizons!

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  18. I started blogging because I was lonely, and because friends on FB kept telling me that I should write a blog. Ha. Maybe two of those friends actually read my writing. But I love the interaction, and like you I find that the give and take between bloggers often provides fodder for future posts.

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  19. I started blogging to share my farm lifestyle with friends and family who live far away. Then my daughter got sick and it became a blog about thriving amidst terror. Now that my daughter is free from disease, my blog has returned to the farm, but it also focuses on parenting daughters in general and life nearing fifty. It’s a very valuable way for me to express my art through photography.

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  20. The interaction is a big part of why I blog as well. As I open up about things, whether truly personal or randomly generic, it’s enlightening to hear other people’s take on things. My following is still so very small, that I truly don’t get the interaction that I would like, but maybe one day that will change. I still have so much to learn about blogging, and all of the ins and outs. It is very helpful to hear others opinions and maybe things that have worked for them.

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  21. I love the interaction. Blogging is much like any relationship. If I give (comment on someone’s blog) all the time without getting (them commenting on mine), I will often end the relationship. If someone leaves a greatpostpleasereadmyblog comment, I will ignore it and them. Of course, all that give and take is very time consuming. I’ve noticed more then a few bloggers taking a “time out” now and then to rest and recharge. And just like other relationships, that time out could result in the end of that blog, or, once they return, add renewed interest and excitement.

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  22. I started blogging as a way to leave a permanent record of my thoughts and feelings. And to share tgem and get feedback. Because I don’t know everything. Someone somewhere probably has an idea that I haven’t thought of that could help whatever I’m thinking about today. I have come to love the interaction with others. Especially when I’m feeling lost and alone.

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  23. I nicked this from my very first post. I am such a newbie to blogging but I am loving the authentic voices. Excited about the idea of interaction and I shall soon work out how the whole kit and caboodle works.
    “What is my blogging goal? I do not think that I am very good at goal setting – I tend to rush at things but I am a pretty darn good finisher. If the blogging is to have a purpose other than to write, to express – it is about gathering and sharing thoughts, ideas, joys, memories, hurts, disappointments, hopes and providing legacy.”

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  24. Like you, I consider myself an ambivert. And my ambivalence about “blogging” now falls, make that cascades, into suggesting that openly “sharing” on the internet flows into a shallow pool of, so the hell what.

    As any missive is already burden by potential provincial and parochial misunderstandings, the web, by market design, poisons the intent of even the legitimate innocence of say; look what I wrote and what to ya think.

    Well, what is one to think when you ended a recent post with triplet… Be Kind. Who’s gonna object to that X’s 3 sentiment.

    My point is the web feels so often outlaw that very talented writers/bloggers capitulate to the need to civilize as oppose to challenge. They forget the attitude that allows one to chronicle our comedy of manners, and succumb to that sure enough “just saying” that leads to the rah rah LIKE of but of course affirmation.

    As always,
    Regards

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    1. Of course you make me think as always. While I think we should be kind, I also think we should disagree, but do,it with manners. Yesterday I actually told a blogger that I thought her hypothesis was incorrect and why, (nicely) and she has neither liked nor responded to my statement. I don’t have a problem with disagreement. I have a problem with statements that are illogical or not well thought out…it’s a tough road…to be kind in both agreement and disagreement. But yeah, the other day I stressed kindness because I’m tired of people telling me to get over something I witnessed, and have seen people suffer after effects of….butthats my personal thing…. great comments as always!

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  25. When I read that comment on Rachel’s post, my first reaction was a bit of mild jaw-dropping awe that someone could be so brutally honest. It’s true that sometimes I find the number of unread posts in my WP reader feed to be intimidating; but at the same time, I think many of us get inspired by what others are writing. – Marty

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  26. I recently started blogging for a few reasons.
    1. I’ve always been able to express myself better with the written word. When I was younger and I wanted to apologize to my mother about any sort of infraction on my part (I was not an angel child) I would sit in my room unbeknownst to her and write her a letter. I would pour my heart out onto the paper and sometimes I would do this with my tears falling onto the paper.
    I’ll write regardless, to vent or share a thought that makes me question things in life. I also write poetry. But with the way I am once those thought are written out my brain tends to forget what I’ve written.

    2. I post on my blog what’s going on within the family because sometimes there is no other way for me to comprehend certain situations. I’ll also post my poetry I have written over the years. Or book reviews of books I’m currently reading and why I like them or not.

    3. Writing the blog keeps my brain sharp. Pure and simply put. Writing creates a cohesive pattern to my jumbled up thoughts. Yes, I’m a scatterbrain to the highest degree. Lol.

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  27. I blog because I like to write (it helps me process what I’m thinking and feeling about things), and love the fact that I don’t have an editor telling me what I can and can’t publish. The interaction with the comments was an unexpected, but happy, surprise. I’ve gotten into interesting discussions with people from all over the world through my blog, and I love that!

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  28. I blog in place of journaling. My 13 step sponsor tells me to journal, and I just can’t force myself to keep at it regularly. So I blog.
    I have crossed paths with people here in blogland that I love spending time with. I love the back and forth, following other people’s adventures, and getting to know people.

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  29. Interaction is key. When you spend time to put your views out there it is gratifying to have some comment or “like” on it. Yes, I like to write and you will never find me short of an opinion and I will continue to do so even if no one notices, but that being said blogging is like a conversation. We all know someone who is a conversation ender, and those that jump right in to participate. Life is all about participation.

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  30. I haven’t figured out why I blog yet. This is why my blogging is inconsistent. I have yet to turn my blogging into a conversation. I have a hard time finding time to blog but when I do I enjoy the feeling of having said something without interruption. It rather feels like a brain dump. One of the things I wanted to do in 2018 was to “read” more blogs and comment more on others…I haven’t quite pulled that off yet….

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    1. There’s always tomorrow …..😉 I think many of is like the brain dump. I like the interaction because I like having conversations about all those thoughts that jump around in my head! But yes, the time factor….

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  31. Blogging is one of my greatest joys and you reminded me the importance of commenting on other people’s blogs. Sometimes I blog for me but I forget how important the relationship with others has always been to my life and how much richer it is. Thank you

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  32. I’m hopeful to get more interactions between me and the viewers but I actually blog because I was led to. I’d been waiting to walk in purpose more and here I am. I use it as a tool to encourage others in the Lord using some of my own twists, turns, and lessons as an example. I pray it motivates the readers and lets them know they aren’t alone in the journey of life. Lastly, it’s like therapy for me and I hadn’t been so passionate about something like this in…forever. Lot to learn and absorb but in a little over a month I think I’m doing ok. Happy Blogging!

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