So: What is it that makes people read other people’s blogs? It was a Friday afternoon and my blog aggregator had been silent for hours. Granted, historically Fridays (for whatever reason) aren’t a big day for posting…but as someone looking for a quick non-work-thought fix, I missed the lack of input. And because my blog reader follows about 100 blogs, this silence was fairly deafening.
Where is everyone going? Is Facebook so important a source of infotainment that it’s sucking all the communication bandwidth? Is Twitter? Or is it just that the blog format (words, pictures, generally more than 140 characters) is too…long both to write or to read?
Perhaps it’s just the blogs I read. Those crowding my aggregator tend to be of the homesteady/gardeny/foody stripe: all very much in the Look What I Can Do mode, and once someone’s accomplished something (their hens lay, their tomatoes ripen, their charcuterie dry) then it’s, well, done. No need to revisit it, to post about it twice. But (for what it’s worth) I haven’t particularly noticed the numbers of folks who read this blog fading…and we all know I go over the same material again and again.
[Also for what it is worth, I don’t think I plan to stop blogging any time soon: I enjoy the writing exercise, the dialogue; and, strangely, I have a (perhaps hyperinflated) sense that what I say might be of interest to others. I try to talk about my strange path without being too much of a pedant, too much of a tyrant.]
Anyway, wherever you are, you 100 bloggers, I miss you! Whether I read you because you’re an emotional train wreck, because of your sparkling personality, your good stories, or because you likewise teach ME, I just wish you would post more often.
I would especially like it if you posted, say, during a long Friday afternoon?