Friday, November 12, 2010
The Point Of Blogging
I know why I blog (for self-expression), but I don't understand why some others do. It seems, from reading the aspirations of other bloggers, that many want to attract a huge following. In fact, they explicitly discuss how to drive readers to their blogs with both subtle and blatant self-promotion.
Of course, everyone likes to be popular, but what does being read online by many people get you?
It doesn't facilitate making friends, because friendship is based on regular, quality interactions -- and having 100+ readers usually precludes that.
It doesn't make real money, as far as I know.
And, last, there doesn't seem to be a correlation between quality and quantity. Some of the biggest blogs have meager offerings. The substance of their posts are often anemic by any standard. As a reader, I much prefer blogs with better quality regardless of how many comments are shown.