What a Conundrum – Or Is It?
We ‘ALL’ write for ourselves first and foremostly – granted.
However as we increase in readership size so too do our priorities and responsibilities increase to our reading audience/s. We must acknowledge that we ‘do write for an audience’ in addition to addressing our many whims – we all have something to say and we would like for others to hear, read or view them.
A question l see a lot in blogs and on social media about blogging especially, is why do people blog? Why do they actually start to blog? What’s their end goal?
Why don’t they just buy themselves a diary and or a journal and simply jot down their thoughts, opinions and observations each and every day and then close whatever they are using and get on with their day? Why blog it?
Why go to all the hassle of setting up and creating a blog to write those same opinions so that others can read them? Why do that?
So if that answer is ‘blatantly obvious’, in so far as you create a blog because you have something to say and furthermore you would like to invite and encourage interaction, engagement and social communication from your readers … why do we then see people say things like…
‘I don’t do it for others l do it for me, but l am annoyed that l don’t have many likes or comments and that my traffic is so low! I don’t understand it??!”
Now in writing and creating this post, l am all too aware of those who have no desires for labelisation – although even those who don’t seek that fall under that very label itself of ‘wanting no label’. Labels aren’t all bad, it is just a case of ownership of a label and then getting on with things … and this post isn’t about labelling directly … but l am aware of those who don’t specifically write for a huge readership but have a blog to communicate to others with for a social aspect’. There is always a % of that in a community.
What would happen if you switched off all your notifications deliberately – so no one could like or comment or interact with you in any way what so ever?
I mean, if writers, bloggers or journo keepers are writing first and foremostly for themselves, then does it matter if you have the ability for people to like your content – ‘switched off?’
Does it matter if people cannot comment on your content – so as opposed to not receiving likes and comments through no responses or no traffic – just not offering that option to your readership to like and comment in the first place?
Or alternatively – imagine if WordPress didn’t have the function to have like and comment on posts – would you still create a blog and would you still write in a blog or just keep a journal or diary?
I mean if you buy a book through retail and you enjoy the reading of it – sure you might review it, but many a time most people do not – but they bought the book and technically read it – so the like aspect is in the profit the book has earned the writer through commission or royalties. That’s an end goal there for many.
For me this post is more about curiosity and people and how they view blogging and interaction and engagements and it doesn’t not look at the fun aspectation of having a blog – would we still have fun if no one ever commented or liked the content?
It makes me think of those lines ‘does a bear shit in the woods’, or “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
So, is it a conundrum or not?
Let me know below your answers, opinions, observations ……