Last night I had the opportunity to describe to someone what a blog is. Now, this person is not tech savvy at all, so I wasn't really expecting a lot if understanding of the technology or anything like that of blogging. No, I didn't really get into the how of blogging at all.
I didn't get the chance.
Once I described what a blog is, I had to answer a question: WHY? Why would someone put heir thoughts, sometimes very intimate ones, out there for the whole world to see?
The question was very nearly rhetorical. Clearly the question stemmed from incredulity rather than curiosity.
Another person offered a very reasonable response. He said that it was about a need for community. I don;t think that is a bad response ( I gave it to him), but I do think it is inadequate top explain the appeal of blogging.
Yes, blogging creates community. It gives connections. It allows people to feel they are part of something far bigger than themselves that they can connect easily to.
But it is also a HUGE ego stroke.
People from all over the world read your writings, and they not only take you seriously (sometimes seriously enough to comment), they will even promote your writing for still more people to take you seriously.
Wow. You can have your own following. You can have a blog empire. You can be, like, a blog god!
Yup, I need to get out more.
Oh, the Sens are 5-0 to start the season. :-)