I have often questioned why I blog. All that I have posted could simply be written in a journal and kept private. In fact, much of what I write is fragments from a journal and thoughts from many…many years ago. And journal writing is much freer, truer, purer, and contains more depth and content – for you are both the voice and the audience. Better yet, journal writing is less vain, less egotistical, and less impulsive. Below, I have a little fun with this debate that goes on now and again in my head of whether to blog or not.
Socrates: So Tincup, why do you blog?
Tincup: Well, I decided to create a blog when another blogger was censoring my comments about a topic I felt strongly about.
Socrates: I see. So once you created your blog and made several posts, did you adequately express yourself in regards to that topic?
Tincup: Well, when I created the blog I decided to incorporate more than just that topic and expand it to incorporate many topics.
Socrates: Why didn’t you just create your blog to adequately address that one topic and then stop blogging? In other words, why did you expand the topics on your blog and why are you still blogging?
Tincup: Well, I guess I wanted to see what other people thought about what I think in regards to those different topics and ideally use the blogging format to debate different thoughts.
Socrates: Does that occur?
Tincup: Well, it did at the beginning, but I have found those that don’t agree simply don’t engage.
Socrates: So, why are you still blogging?
Tincup: Well, it seems like some people are interested in what I am posting.
Socrates: How do you know they are interested in what you are posting?
Tincup: Well, sometimes they hit the “Like” button.
Socrates: What does “Like” mean?
Tincup: Well, it means they liked what I had to say.
Socrates: Are you sure? Might there be any other potential reasons bloggers might hit the “Like” button
Tincup: Well, maybe they feel obligated since I hit the “Like” button on one of their posts, or decided to follow their blog.
Socrates: So, if you aren’t certain why someone hits the “Like” button and there isn’t much debate or discussion, why are you still blogging?
Tincup: Well, I get “X” number of views per day and I have “Y” number of followers. This means lots of people are looking at what I am posting.
Socrates: I see. Well, tell me Tincup, do all those people who are following and viewing your blog actually read what you post and if so, how do you know?
Tincup: Well, I can’t say for sure. You see, views can be generated simply by the key words you use in your tags. Also, I can’t tell if my “followers” read a post unless they hit “Like” or comment.
Socrates: So Tincup, why are you still blogging?
Tincup: Well, I do enjoy reading and viewing other blogs and interacting with them. I have met some very interesting people.
Socrates: I see. Do you comment and debate on all these blogs you enjoy viewing? Have you met all these people in person and shared food and wine?
Tincup: Well, I don’t always comment or debate. You see, some of the blogs are poetry or photography or art and it really isn’t for debate. And sometimes I just skim a post and sometimes I read it and hit the “Like” button. And no, I haven’t shared food and wine with these people.
Socrates: Well, couldn’t you simply view and interact with these blogs without actually having your own blog?
Tincup: Well, yes. There are several people who participate on my blog and other blogs that don’t have their own blog.
Socrates: I see. So Tincup, why are you still blogging?
Tincup: Well, I have lots of interesting things to say about economics, corrupted capitalism, utopia, philosophy, the universe, love, and oh so much more.
Socrates: Well, didn’t you say in the introduction to this post that the expression of your thoughts contains more depth and content via the journal form compared to that of blogging? And, how do you know that the thoughts you express in your blog hasn’t been expressed before by other men and woman from the past and present? And if other men and woman have expressed such thoughts before, men and women who are more intelligent that you, then what service are you truly providing to those reading your blog?
Tin-cup: Yes, I did say I find a journal to be more valuable to me. And yes, all my ideas, in fact I would argue all ideas, have been expressed before. But here is the thing Socrates. Not all of these people have heard or read of these ideas. And I can give them a quick taste at no cost.
Socrates: I see. But again, how do you know they are reading your posts, that they like them or get something out of them, and that you are also getting value for yourself in the creation of these little snippets?
Tincup: Well Socrates, it seems we have come full circle. Let me contemplate our short discussion and perhaps we can continue again after we enjoy some food and wine. Here you go dear friend. Enjoy.