I’m readying my salad plate for the bloggers who want to throw tomatoes at my head because they do not find my honesty so refreshing. If anyone wants to throw a few carrots, lettuce, and a nice low-fat salad dressing, that’s fine too, ’cause I’m hungry.
I only started blogging a few months ago and have been slowly getting acquainted with what it means to be part of a blogging community. First of all, I love it. I love interacting with others who find writing as fulfilling as I do. I love seeing the different styles of writing, the diversity of opinions, the variety of cultures, and the miscellany of experiences. We are a medley of artists harmonizing the melodies of our assortment of lives and I appreciate being a part of such a grand symphony.
The interesting thing, however, is as followership grows, so does disconnectedness. It is harder to keep up with all who follow you and all whom you follow, even as you traverse the blogosphere connecting with even more bloggers whose work you enjoy. I have noted that there even comes a point where one should not expect a reply from a blogger with whom you may have good rapport because there are just so many more people commenting than when you first bonded.
There is also a “Like You and Leave You” category, where bloggers come, like a post, and then they are never seen again. Nothing wrong with that, I am grateful for those who demonstrate their liking of my posts, whether they return or not. Furthermore, I have done it myself when a particular article stands out to me while browsing; however, again, this speaks to the lack of social connection that is the subject of this article. All blog posts do not facilitate the continuation of a conversation, not a bad thing, just a fact.
Moreover, there are bloggers who just have a voracious need to be followed and to have their posts read that they forget that good writing is not all that is necessary to grow and maintain readership so they dispense with social interaction altogether. I am unsure how successful such tactics are, since even those with corporate agendas have found that creating a connection with potential clientele is good for business.
People start blogging for different reasons, and the blogging community may serve various purposes, whether as a way to connect with other writers or people who have similar experiences, as a medium to promote an agenda, as an ego masseuse, to share enthusiasm about a beloved topic, as a practicum to improves one’s writing . . . the motives are myriad. What many bloggers have in common though, is the reality that blogging is only a part of lives already full of other things. What that adds up to is that when one is part of a blogging community, one’s world will definitely become bigger, but one should not expect that each interaction will lead to the proverbial call in the morning.
O, and thanks in advance for the tomatoes, they are full of wonderful antioxidants, like lycopene, that will help me live longer. 🙂