So, what have we learned from all the comments?
1. Blogging is a chance for self expression.
2. Blogging is an opportunity to connect with other people. For some it's about staving off loneliness, for some it's about shameless flirting, and for others it is merely a way to become part of a community. People tend to like to find a comfortable niche and settle in.
3. Commenting is an important part of blogging. Commenting on blogs of others brings comments your way. However, only by commenting in a meaningful manner can a dialogue begin. Without intelligently acknowledging the comments and opinions of others, a poster runs the risk of committing comment masturbation.
4. What brings someone back to someone's blog? Apparently interesting posts that say something significant. Or posts that at least titillate or give us some slice of a person's psyche. There must be a hook.
One writer's words, sent to me by Deslily, went something like this:
"All the writers I read are wallowing through major life issues, which are manifesting themselves in different ways in the virtual pages of their blogs. It got me to thinking: perhaps this is what separates the true writers from the mere hobbyists among us. There are those who quit writing altogether, leaving us with a swan song entry explaining that they’ve written all that’s worth writing, and they’re off to spend their time on more worthwhile pursuits. ( The inference being that all these however many months of blogging have been nothing but a waste of time.) These people, in my mind, are not writers. They may be intelligent, interesting and articulate, and write very well when they choose to do so, but they have not the passion of true writers."
I'm not agreeing or disagreeing, just offering up comments for thought.
If you are interested in looking at other posts relating to blogging, here are some which were sent to me and here are some which I culled through my surfing. And Helen, I am giving you first billing. Visit at least a few of these, I think you'll find something to consider and perhaps elaborate upon. If you want, feel free to return here and continue the dialogue we began in the prior posting.
I'll lead off here with a link to "The Top Ten Reasons Writers Should Blog" http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/35789/the_top_ten_reasons_writers_should.html?page=2
Then, here are some personal comments on blogging from many of the people who have commented on this blogsite at one time or another:
http://evenmoreshenanigans.blogspot.com/2006/12/confessions-of-blogger.html ( A British teen and why she blogs)
http://lespiritdescalier.blogspot.com/2006/08/to-blog-or-not-to-blog-since-i-began.html (Gem waxes philosophical about her blogging)
http://the-cave-of-pythia.blogspot.com/2006/11/comment-masturbation.html as well as http://the-cave-of-pythia.blogspot.com/2006/11/filters.html (these two postings from Pythia inspired a good deal of lively discussion)
http://sidneywilliams.blogspot.com/2006/12/value-of-blog.html (Author Sidney Williams comments on blogging)
http://www.deanesmay.com/archives/007269.html (Interesting notes, some interesting comments on blogging etiquette)
http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/eai/leadership/archives/thoughts-on-blogging-etiquette-4575 (some thoughts about the blog as dialogue, or lack thereof)
http://wardomatic.blogspot.com/2005/04/etiquette-for-blogging-nation.html (more interesting observations)
I could post many more links, but instead I will encourage you to surf on your own. There are some great sites for reading. Also, another reminder...WEDNESDAY...send me WEIRD ADDICTION posts.