I’m very interested in why people blog, so I’m going to bore you (again) with the reasons I do.
In my first blog post (which I’ve since changed to private), I said…
This is not gonna be a great blog. It’s going to be a totally selfish navel gazing experience, I say navel to be polite, a better metaphor is that I have my head right up my own ass.
My secondary reason for making this blog was to create an info dump. I tend to chew through a lot of reading fast, and then to go back to some of it in more detail. By stashing links and my own commentary here, my primary reason for blogging is facilitated too – connecting, networking. On both counts, I consider my blog a success – and a warm and caring one too. People (you) have been unfailingly generous with help and advice and support, and as time draws on, very real friendships too. I’m not a serious blogger, I don’t give a fuck about the numbers. I care about interaction and connections – their quality, absolutely not their quantity. Also, with my unfailing knack for melodrama, I said…
I’ve lost myself along the way and I’d like to find myself again, even if it’s just to say goodbye.
I spend more time on your blogs than I do on my own. You in this instance refers to a list of blogs in my news feed that I check most days; the people whose absence I notice when you don’t post. It also refers to what I think of as genuine bloggers, people who seem to want to talk, rather than to sell. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with selling, just that I don’t like blogs that are just a combination of raw sales pitch in a transparent, sticky cocoon of slick marketing. You know the type; usually they’re just too fucking nice for a start, they glow like sunbeds with superficial charm. They either don’t bother visiting other blogs at all, or if they do, it’s just more of the same shallow charm offensive. Some of them even include a link to their stuff in their comments, which the rest of us know is just silly. I always visit my commenters by clicking their usernames, I’m sure you do too.
I think that for me it boils down to how much a blogger cares about their image and how carefully that image is crafted. No matter how well it’s done, the desperation of the hard sell is always obvious. It gives the rest of us cavities. I’m confused, by the way, by bloggers who seem desperate for a high follower count, what exactly for?
If you’re serious about being a pro blogger, you’ll have read these already. If not, do yourself (and your readers) a favour and hop to it.
Keep it real.