What is the purpose of blogging? Have you asked yourself that? Is it to network? Is it to market yourself? Is it?
I’m uncomfortable with being a public person. I’m one of those who likes to deal with others on a personal level. And that brings me to the point of my post. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet one of my blogging friends in person, and it was lovely. Gina Conroy, blogger extraordinaire of Writer Interrupted fame, took a road trip in which she visited friends all over the west coast. She also extended her visits to blogging friends whom she’d never met in real life, and that included me (but only because I happened to be on her route as she drove through Albuquerque, NM). I thought it was kind of her to stop along her route and eat a meal with me before she moved on to Amarillo.
Don’t worry. I’m not going to show up at your door or get more personal with you, my blog followers, than you want me to be. But I do want you to consider what exactly your purpose is in blogging. For me, if it means making one good friend, then it is all worthwhile. But if it is simply a numbers game, a contest to see if I can get the most followers, then I will lose interest really fast–as will you. Already, I’ve felt jaded about the blogging world and asked myself what its value could possibly be to me. It could be very valuable, however. It could be, if I keep it in perspective. Thanks for reading my post! I appreciate all of you, my readers.
So, what is your purpose in blogging? Do you find it a marketing tool? Do you find it educational? Or are you here to meet new people? What’s it all about to you?
As a reminder, I will be posting a new chapter of NM Noir this weekend. Until then, be of good cheer!