I've been reading the latest issue of Artful Blogging. (Actually it's the Summer issue; I see Autumn is out already!) I like to get this magazine primarily for the eye candy, and I consider any inspiration or knowledge to be an extra bonus! There's always plenty of eye candy!
This issue had something that started me thinking. It wasn't particularly a new idea, but apparently I was ready to catch the ball this time. You've seen this question lots of places, and probably been asked it yourself:
Why do you blog? What do you get from it that makes it worth the time?
I usually have some easy answer - spoken glibly and quickly forgotten. But, there have been some bloggers I follow who have decided to stop posting lately. They have sound reasons and I am not going to try to second guess any of them. But my mind seems to be worrying this puzzle a lot. I spend quite a bit of time blogging, but I spend a lot more time reading others' blogs.
So I'm wondering, what is the attraction to the whole blog, Facebook, twitter deal? I get the standard reasons about connection and all that. What I'm looking for is a deeper, truer answer for why do I (me, myself) put my deepest thoughts out there - and look forward to seeing what others have posted? Are we looking for meaningful responses? Is it a form of reaching out? If so, for what? And should there be some kind of balance? Should my time spent reading other blogs balance with the time and effort I spend on my own blog(s)? And I don't even want to get into Commenting yet!
If you are still reading this far because you want to know the answer - well, I'm sorry. I don't have one. At least not yet. I'm still forming the questions!
I expect to be doing a bit of thinking off and on about this. I may share with you as I travel this road. For those of you who prefer to just see pretty pictures, I'll put the phrase Deep Thoughts in the titles so you can skip those posts! And I promise lots of pictures on the next post! Really!!!