Sometimes I do wonder what the point is of blogging. It does often feel like I’m talking to myself.
I have noticed that the more frequently I blog, the more people interact with me, and the more motivated I am to continue blogging. But if I don’t blog very much, nobody seems to notice. The world doesn’t fall apart, and I don’t get people knocking on my door worrying whether I’m OK or not. Or even messaging me to say they miss my blogs. They just don’t notice that I’m not there. I suppose that is a little like social media in general though – you get out of it what you put in.
As I’m sure I mentioned when I was doing Come Blog With Me, I do mainly write for myself. Because I enjoy the process of compiling my thoughts in writing, because it helps me think about things, because sometimes I have some information I want to share with the world. I’m not controversial or very opinionated in my blogs (although if I get annoyed enough in the coming month I might write about WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE, as I can’t understand people who don’t use their vote), so it’s not like people feel a great need to contradict me or engage in a debate with me.
And in the grand scheme of things, I shouldn’t need other people’s approval for anything I do, including blogging. But a little attention would be nice. I suppose it’s a bit like other forms of creativity – writing a book, making art or taking photos – feedback is not the point, it’s just a nice side effect. (And being paid for doing something you enjoy is just an added bonus…)
I have had time on my hands this year to blog more than usual, but that’s going to change over the coming months as things get busier in my working life. And I know then I won’t see the point of writing unless I either have something to share that I’m passionate about, or that I feel people are waiting eagerly for my next profound thoughts….
The most popular posts I’ve written have often been the ones I’ve been most scared to share because I feel like they say something really personal about me. Even though in reality they don’t, it just feels that way sometimes. But they’re the ones people seem to engage with and comment on and share on social media.
So what’s next for my blog then? I have a whole list of topics to write about, some of which were just flashes of inspiration that now seem silly, but some have been wandering around my head for a while so might make it onto a post. Have I said everything I want to say about the world of work, and the business of life? No, not yet – there are plenty more ponderings where those came from.
So I’ll continue blogging until there are no thoughts left in my brain – or until I get so busy I don’t have any spare time – and know that at some point I’ll write something more that resonates with people and prompts them to share their thoughts and experiences. But until then, it’ll just be me, my brain and a laptop….
Zebra, Marwell Wildlife Park. Photo taken in 2011.