Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A Blogging Conversation about Blogging

I'm still thinking about the same thing I was thinking about yesterday. Why am I blogging? What do I get out of it?
In response to my post from yesterday, I got these comments. I decided that they are the answer to my question.

Seraphine said...
there is NO way i'm going to read 65 million blogs!
i think i have it narrowed down though
to 30 hours a day.

Netizen101 said...
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. - Leo Rosten

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sue, do these help? :-)

I wonder why I blog too. And I am none the wiser. Perhaps, it's a hobby, an interest, or perhaps it's the trend these days to have a blog - even if no one reads it.:-)

Beth said...
I blog and go on the internet to give me a sense of connection to a world that I sometimes feel very disconnected from......

I surf blogs for hours. I hop from one to another. 65 million is a silly number. I read lots. That's more exact. There are a lot of nice people out there in a huge, world-wide, multicultural community. How cool is that?

I read on a blog called Granny Smith that "Blogging Friends are not Virtual. They are Real." I like that idea. Like you, Sera... If I saw you in a mall, I wouldn't know you if I fell over you. But even though I've only ever seen you virtually, I feel like we are friends.

Netizen... the first quote works best for me. The second doesn't work as well because sometimes I don't have anything important to say, at least not anything that makes much difference. But the sharing part of it is it. I love to communicate. I want to share. I would love to be understood. And I read your blog very frequently, because you have some very great stuff on there that you share...

Beth is the only person of you three who I've actually met in real life. In fact, I've known her for... OMG, it's actually 30 years now I think. (EEK. Beth, we should have an Anniversary party!) We are connected, but we don't often get to actually connect because we don't live so close and we have such different things going on in our lives. But I do think that blogging has made another connection between us.

I think I blog for connection too. Beth, you may feel disconnected because your life focuses on the girls right now. But I feel disconnected too, because I really don't fit in with many (or even any) of the people around here -- at least not much. A blog is a way to reach out to all of the rest of you people, and see if I'm REALLY as out there as I feel like I am. (The answer is yes. I'm really out there. But whatever.)


Anonymous said...

I blog, therefore I am...
how's that.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah...or...
I blog to read myself think. I would say I blog to hear myself think, but I don't talk when I blog. I just write. It is really quiet when I blog. No noise to hear but them @#$% bugs. I'm telling you I hate them #$%^&* crickets and tree frogs and what ever else is making all that racket... it is deafening. Oh yeah what was I saying... the bugs are making me insane.
But basically I blog for me. Kinda a diary of events. I don't care if anyone reads Love and Diamonds. I have another secret blog that is more personal and private and that is for me.

Sue said...

I think I like the idea that you blog to read yourself think, better. Sometimes that's what I'm doing too. I guess it isn't only one reason that makes people blog.

And I have a secret blog too, with no audience. But anyone COULD read it, if they found it. Why did I put a secret blog on the internet, where it is still public? Why didn't I just write those thoughts down in a notebook, where absolutely NO ONE would read them? Although I suppose even a notebook hidden in my room could be found by someone.

There is quite a racket here as well.

Seraphine said...

when you close your eyes, what do you think of? well, i mean, besides that.
if you have no stimulus, you'd have only the same thoughts over and over again.
that's the definition of crazy: doing the same thing over and over again when its no longer brings you happiness.
blogging is like watching television, listening to music, talking with someone, taking a walk. it's stimulus.
and if you write something, as a blogger or commenter, it's self-affirming. it's touching someone.
and, if you'll excuse the analogy, it's also touching yourself.
only with your eyes open. :)

Sue said...

I could be wrong, but I think that Thor will LOVE your analogy :)

I guess what you are saying is that asking "Why do I blog" can be the same as asking "Why have sex (especially now that I don't want anymore kids.)" And I don't have to answer that if I don't want to, do I?

Anonymous said...

You think too much. But, your thoughts are really very intresting I enjoy reading them.