Last night I received an email from my friend CK who asked me about blogging. The questions he posed I thought were quite compelling – so I decided to build a post around it. His questions are in italics and my responses below:
I enjoy reading you, but wonder: I know you don’t think of it as a journal or a diary, you’re aware that it will be read, but …
Is it a monologue, something you write for me (your loyal public) to enjoy, like a book or an article, and I take from it what I will?
Yes, it is a monologue and yes, I hope you, my loyal public will enjoy and hopefully take something away from it. Because, in fact I guess in a way I am looking for my audience, or at least to discover whether or not I have one or could develop one. It would be utterly selfish of me to simply write something without having the reader in mind. So, as with any piece of writing, part of the aim is to in some way give something to the reader for his/her enjoyment.
Or is it more of a dialog, requiring give and take, react and respond, a thread debated potentially ad infinitum?
I would have to answer yes to this as well – because the internet and most especially blogs, message boards, etc. have the aspect of interaction and it is immediate interaction. I find I like that and do very much look forward to the reactions, responses and additions that any readers contribute. I think that all writers learn from their readers as readers learn from the writers they favor. And in this forum, the give and take is a wonderful aspect of it.
Or is it something altogether different, not knowing a better word I’ll say a polylog, where you flop it out on the table, we all have a go at it, cooing at it or poking it with a stick until we all decide it’s done, and it’s morphed into something totally different from the original thought?
This I would have to say is a yes and a no. We aren’t talking rocket science. Truth be told, really we’re talking opinion. My take on something. If someone wants to challenge me I’m more than happy to play. Thus far in my neophyte career as a blogger, I’ve only had one reader challenge me. I responded promptly, but to my knowledge he never returned to the blog. Perhaps he lurks but he has not added anything further to the debate. Let’s just say on this aspect, I’m willing. Whether or not it will ever seriously come to pass on the blog I can’t say. But it could be fun.
There is one other reason that I am finding the blogging adventure satisfying and good for me and it is this – I write every day. In all the years I have slogged away at writing I never could find that place where I could write every day. Or find anything that would ‘force’ me to do so. Now, I realize I must. And it’s funny because it turns out to be quite motivational and even inspiring.
So, now I’d like to pose it to you, the bloggers out there. Care to answer CK’s questions? Or just write a little bit about why you blog? I’m going to be very interested in what you all have to say.