The Armchair BEA team says: Today is the day to talk about something that you feel we have missed or that you want to spend a little extra time chatting about. It’s your freebie day to choose what you like!
Why do we write? What do we hope to get out of blogging? It’s a lot of work, unpaid for most of us, and even costing money for many of us. So why do we do it?
That question has a lot of possible answers, but for me, it really comes down to two things – I write for myself, but I blog for the conversation.
You might hear people say (and I’m sure I’ve said it in the past), “I do this because I love it, and I would keep blogging even if no one ever read it.” I think that’s something we say when we’re feeling insecure about numbers, especially when first starting out. It often goes along with the statement, “Blogging isn’t about the numbers.”
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t about the readers. And I don’t think it’s selfish to say that we’re blogging so we can get something back.
It is hard when we’re first starting out. It might take a while before we have even one regular reader. But it’s the hope that we’ll get there that keeps us going. Otherwise, we’re just shouting into the void with no purpose. If I were doing that, why put it out there at all? If I wasn’t hoping to get something back, I’d just write in a notebook and keep it for myself.
And I don’t mean to say that I don’t care about people who read my blog and don’t comment. I appreciate it. I hope you enjoy it. I’m glad it’s there for you to find.
But… I don’t know anything about you. It’s just me talking and you listening. I know there are lots of people out there who would love to have an attentive audience that they didn’t have to pay attention to at all, but that’s not me. That’s not why I’m here. This blog isn’t a soapbox or a podium for me. It’s a conversation.
Whether you’re a writer or a reader, why are you a part of the blogging community?