What is the purpose of blogging?
I imagine you will get as many answers as there are construction barrels in Wisconsin. But I ask myself that a lot.
I wonder why it is I chose to write this sort of blog. I subscribe to others, and they, too, run the gamut. Some are funny, some are inspirational. Some get personal, some are spiritual. I think of the scope of this blog. Is it too long? Too short? I see lots that are under 300 words. I see lots that are 900 words. I see blogs that have thousands of followers. What makes a person follow one and not another?
At one time I thought about writing a funny blog. My friend at The Return of the Modern Philosopher (http://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com) mixes writing about talking to Zeus and aliens and all the weird goings on in Maine with personal glimpses of the writer behind the madness. Then there are others like David Kanigan (http://davidkanigan.com) who makes you think and feel, sometimes with as little as a couple of sentences. My friend Itty( http://ittymac.wordpress.com/) is a font of inspiration and strength pulled from her life experiences. I am a fan of so many others, just like you.
We all read blogs for all kinds of reasons. But how do I figure out what others are looking for? Yes, we write for ourselves. The more we tap into our “talent” the more believable — and readable — we are. But what do readers want? How do you get to the thousands of followers mark? And does that necessarily mean you have a good product?
And, as you all are saying back to me — what does it matter?
I don’t really have an answer to that. I want to entertain, I want to encourage, I want to make people laugh. Do I want to be a famous blogger? A famous writer? Do I want to dazzle the world with my keen insight into getting older?
Or do I just want to write?
Entertaining friends and family, both old and new, means more to me than having hundreds and thousands of followers who never open an e-mail. Having fun writing is more important to me than forcing words out just to make a dollar. Writing is therapy in a hundred different ways — I am no different.
So tell me, friends, readers, writers — what makes you follow a blog? What do you look for?