You’ve been wondering where I’ve been. It’s difficult keeping up with the my rapidly-changing world so I took a hiatus. I had life reasons, nothing dreadful, but you (especially if you have chronic health issues) know how life goes. The biggest reason I didn’t blog for a month, however, is because I forgot why I’m blogging, or rather, I’ve changed my mind about why blogging matters.
Why does blogging matter?
Which lead me to the still-unanswered question,
“What should I blog about?”
I suppose that to find those answers, I’d better begin with the very first, basic question which is:
Who is reading my blog?
- you, of course
- all kinds of other people who seem to have very little in common with each other, which has me confused. There’s the chance that some of them are only pretending to read my blog so that I’ll be curious about who they are, look at their avatar and find out they (along with a zillion other people) also have a blog. They might be hoping I’ll become another of their fans and if they accumulate enough of us then they’ll become famous. But I don’t think this is always the case (and it’s certainly not the case with YOU–you’re not just pretending to be interested in me) because…
You are definitely a real person,
and you’re someone I’d like to get to know better.
But this still doesn’t answer the question of what I should be blogging about. To answer that, I also have to consider
Why am I blogging?
- I’m a writer and it’s 2012.
- I’m interested in finding out whether I really believe social networking, especially blogging, is changing everything in a substantial (as opposed to a superficial) way.
By everything I mean:
- business life;
- personal life;
- customs and manners;
- the publishing industry–the way books are generated and distributed;
- and most importantly, social structure (the way people of diverse races, ages, ideals and genders relate to, with and against each other).
Everyone assumes social networking is changing how people interact, but is it? Really?
Superficially, we interact faster and across greater distances, but what we want from social interaction never really changes.
- We want to have fun;
- We’d like to be noticed & appreciated;
- We want to hang out with people we like;
- We’re looking for people we can be comfortable with;
- We’re looking for interaction with people who won’t dramatically and stupendously aggravate us or hurt us.
Sure, some people are showing up online only for an opportunity to sell–they’re looking for a career opportunity or the chance to promote their art, their writing or their business–but you’ll find those types at the Rotary club, the country club, the neighborhood coffee shop, and at church, too.
I’m blogging because I really just want to us to get to know each other better. Okay with you?
So I’m really curious about what you believe, you deep-thinker, you (because aren’t all writers/bloggers deep thinkers?)
Do you believe social networking, and more specifically blogging, is substantially changing our world? More importantly, is it changing you?