Why Do You Blog?

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Necromancy Never Pays has an interesting twist on the question of "why do we blog?" that points out how the medium has been influenced by inventions around it (Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc). With the drop in comments and posts that riff off another person's blog post, we are getting a weaker sense of our audience.  We may know a readership number, but we don't intimately know that readership or how they're reacting to our thoughts.  And that means some bloggers are going back to blogging simply for themselves while others are trying to figure out the worth of their work.

Sullivan compared 2008-style blogging to jazz—“jazz and blogging are intimate, improvisational, and individual—but also inherently collective. And the audience talks over both.” I think that 2013-style blogging, though, is more aptly compared to a solo in a classical concert. There are people in the audience, and they enjoy the music, but some of them are nervous about clapping in between movements, so it’s very quiet in the house.

Please read the whole blog post by Necromancy Never Pays because she comes to an interesting answer for why she blogs.  Would you blog if there was no audience?  Why do you blog?


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Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.


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