Today is my two-year birthday of blogging! I suppose I should call it an anniversary, but that sounds matrimonial and I’d rather think of Confessions as my kiddo, not my spouse. Go make me proud, little blog. But no, I will not promise to live with thee in peace until death do us part.
The more I think about blogging the less I understand it. It seems a quintessentially selfish activity, to assume that the world at large would like to read whatever it is I’m doing at the moment. or thinking about. or crying over. or eating for dinner. It’s a modern phenomenon I don’t understand: the new journaling, the new circle letter, the new manuscript.
But I like blogging and I like the blogs I follow. There are eight of them: four for love, three for delight, and one for spiritual discipline. Seven more I check on every month or two to see what’s happening (usually nothing). Of them all, there’s only one author I don’t know personally—and that is where I suspect I am not quite normal. See? My big brother was right all along.
Help me understand here in a broader way. What motivates your online reading? I’m curious specifically about three questions, all of them impertinent. But think with me.
- How many blogs do you follow? (*see definition below)
- How many of the authors do you know personally? (**ditto)
- What motivates you? What do you gain?
Here’s how we’re going to do it. Can you be this brave?
Instead of your name, comment using the answer to the first question, followed by a backslash and the answer to the second question. And then tell me why, or whatever you have to say.*** Be honest! You’re anonymous to everyone but me, and it’s going to be fun.
I’m not a big blog follower but I like keeping up with a few friends on WordPress.
I like reading foodie blogs. I don’t know most of the authors personally, but they create lovely work and inspire me in the kitchen.
Then another fun bit: From the answers that are particularly interesting to me, for reasons that will become obvious, I hope to select two or three of you for a quick email interview. By commenting on this post you are agreeing to potentially receive a personal email in your inbox, inviting you to answer some open-ended questions. Of course at that time you are perfectly free to decline.
Ready? Let’s go.
* Definition of follow: subscribe to/ read regularly/ or check frequently for updates.
** Definition of know personally: This too needs clarification in our postmodern age. What I mean at the moment is, have you met up with the author in the flesh?
*** This would not be a good time for badmouthing about the state of blogs in our time. Or gushing about the worthy few. Needlessly pointed comments in either direction will be surreptitiously removed.