Why do you read blogs?
I’ve been wondering. I’m not sure why I read blogs myself!
Why not read articles by established opinionators, stories by reputed writers, whacky visuals on established ads, photographs taken by friends rather than unknown people, instructions on how to do something or solve a problem from established players in a field?
What desires in us, what needs does the blog form satisfy that other forms can’t? What is it doing differently?
Are blogs short and fragmentary and fit into a time slot as we are on the move doing everyday things?
Do they tell personal stories in a way that isn’t published in magazines and newspapers?
Is it the fact that blogs are mostly written by people just like us that attracts us? Not larger-than-life successful people or specialists?
Is it the attraction of interactivity that blogs provide with the comments section that makes us feel more involved? Do we establish ongoing relationships or hope to do so with the writers and other readers that keep us coming back?
Does blogging feel like a group effort even though individuals may be writing them?
Is it the fact that no one screens blogs that makes us feel like they are more authentic?
Is it because blogs are not considered a highbrow form yet, or anything overly serious that makes us venture into them as readers more easily than committing to reading an article or an essay?
What is new about the blogging experience from the reader’s point of view?
In less than twenty-four hours, I received some brilliant responses to the post above all of which came from the heart. I urge you to read them since many of them are great compositions in their own right and extend the points I brought up above and take them in interesting directions. I thank all of you for choosing “Bottledworder” to post your thoughts. Keep your thoughts coming!