I've been thinking a little lately about blogging... wondering just why it is we do it! Also, what makes one popular, or not.... And what, if anything, it says about a person if their intent is to become popular.
How much ego is involved in authoring a blog? I say ego guardedly- presumptuous might be a better word- the idea that some stranger actually cares about what we have to say! And that some of us actually try to make people care about what we have to say... and that people actually DO care about what we have to say! Even if it just a catalogue of the mundane aspects of our everyday life!
Why do I blog?
The answer for me is that this has always been, and hopefully always will be, an outlet for personal expression and a forum to practise the creative process of writing- how ever trite that may sound!
I have to (and hate to) admit that I do want people to like my blog. I want my readers (how arrogant does that sound?) to feel inspired, humored, intrigued- I want to make you smile or make you think. But most of all, as selfish as this may sound, I want to make MYSELF feel inspired, humored, intrigued and I want to smile and think.... to explore horse, life, and love issues through writing and pictures and through your response as well.
Why do you blog?
I have to (and hate to) admit that I do have that irresistible human compulsion to seek acceptance and popularity from my peer group. I wont deny it! But I try not to let it have any place in this blog.
Because if I allowed the concept of self-promotion to flourish I would loose the "outlet for personal expression and forum to practise the creative process of writing" and instead become consumed with devising strategies to keep you'll interested- like writing short and simple posts on a personal and consistent topic. My blog does not follow the rules of creating a "successful" blog! And I don't care! *sticks tongue out*
But when I first started writing this blog I promised myself that I would never write a post, leave a comment, reply to a comment or do anything at all with the intent to promote this blog or solicit readers to it- I would write about what I wanted, when I wanted, and for as long as I wanted!
But damned if I didnt think from time to time, "Oh no, I cant write that! I touched on that last week." or "Its been while since I did a horse post, better write one today" or even "I wonder why no one had to say anything about that post? Was it not interesting?" And then I remember that it really doesn't matter what anyone else wants or has to say...and it is awfully presumptuous to think that anyone else even cares!
But comments are addictive, aren't they? Let me ask you this, do you think that a gantlet of "followers" and 142 comments a day really makes a blog "good"? Any more so than the undeniably popular but unforgivably bitchy girl in high school was made a good person by the number of girls in her click (groupies)? Is blogging like record sales? Is Brittney Spears a good singer because she's sold millions of albums?
Or is blogging like art, there are no rules (which is also subject to opinion)?
Do you have a blog that you follow, even though you don't really enjoy it? If so, why do you keep going back? Like a bad sitcom, are you addicted to the plight of characters, however meekly formed, poorly acted or ridiculously written? I am and I do!
Personally, your comments and readership is a bonus! Some really fabulous icing on a cake I call creative expression! I love hearing what you have to say! You've helped me out, been supportive, funny and very encouraging! In almost a year of blogging I have yet to receive a single negative comment. Thanks!
But I don't comment on other peoples blogs very often! Though I do enjoy reading my fair share.... I don't for one very good reason....
I could very easily spend my entire day reading, commenting and replying to a hundred different blogs. And I am a self professed extremest, so I tend to limit myself to doing something very little in order to restrain myself from doing nothing but! Like daytime TV, I have to limit myself to just a few select cooking shows or I would get lost in Days of Our Lives, All My Children and Peoples Court.... Oh! and Oprah.... and Ellen too, of course- which would lead towards an expansion in the general vicinity of my ass and proceed upwards from there. Trust me, I cant afford any further enlargements! My chair is still shrinking!
So I dont comment or even reply to the comments left here! Which leads me to my BIG question of the day (I say that like its a regular thing)....
DO YOU PREFER A BLOG WHERE THE AUTHOR REPLIES TO YOUR COMMENTS? (Most of the time).
DO YOU GO BACK TO A BLOG WHERE YOU HAVE LEFT A COMMENT TO SEE IF THE AUTHOR HAS REPLIED?
I do not reply to the comments some of you so kindly leave. I read every one of them! Promise. And I LOVE hearing what you have to say. And most of the time I would love to reply to your comment... and I really would love to get my two bits in on your blog too! (I have a LOT of bits!)
I know I could so easily get lost in spending my afternoons conversing with you fine people...and I would turn into a fat(er) albino that never sees the sun or goes outside, or cooks...or goes for groceries (maybe I wouldn't get so fat after all! Now there is my kinda diet!) So as a rule I don't comment...but I have always been REALLY bad at sticking to my self imposed rules so sometimes I do...
Now, if I were a smart little blogger I would break up this ginormously long post and post a section a day for the next month! But I wont. But I really do want to hear your answers to my many questions (if you'd be so kind as to reply!) and I will promise that I will reply to each and every one of your comments... and maybe we can have a conversation? And maybe that conversation will become my next post! And then maybe I will be the first every blogger to have a blog strictly about blogging! (Though I am sure its been done!)
So in summery *embarrassed grin*
1. What makes a blog popular?
2. Do you think it is good, bad, (or neither) to solicit readers/comments?
3. Do you think blogging can be a little presumptuous?
4. Do you care if your blog is successful?
5. Why do you blog?
6. Do you like getting comments?
7. Can a blog be good or bad?
8. Are you addicted to a blogs you dont like? Why?
9. DO YOU PREFER A BLOG WHERE THE AUTHOR REPLIES TO YOUR COMMENTS? (Most of the time).
10. DO YOU GO BACK TO A BLOG WHERE YOU HAVE LEFT A COMMENT TO SEE IF THE AUTHOR HAS REPLIED?
11. How much time on average would you say you spend blogging (writing, reading, commenting, etc.)? Come on now! Be honest!