Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Pressure and Resolution

I certainly feel pressure to keep my blog up to date. It seems like some of the most interesting blogs are regularly updated by bloggers who do not necessarily have anything particularly interesting to say but have an interesting way of saying it. By no means am I assuming that I have an interesting way of saying anything -- I'm just here for the journey. But I am trying to figure out what makes a blog compelling.

As a result I have been doing some research. I spend minutes at a time, surreptitiously when at work, clicking the "next blog" button in search of inspiring blogs. I always click on the "view my profile" link because I think bloggers want to know that someone is reading their blog and many blogs do not have counters other than the profilew view counter.

I do not always comment though. That might be a little too personal -- although I'm thinking perhaps that's really what is called for when reading blogs. If I think someone's blog is good, I should let that person know. Otherwise the whole experience remains anonymous and voyeuristic. Is this a resolution? Perhaps.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

It's All About Being Loved

I've become addicted to blogging. I spend an inordinate amount of time clicking through the blogs to peer into the worlds of fellow bloggers. A little voyeuristic, I know. But then, people want their blogs to be read otherwise the blog wouldn't be published. Similar to a well-dressed woman -- a woman who clearly and purposfully chose clothing, jewelry, hair style and makeup to illuminate her features -- turning around and snapping, "What you looking at?!!" Obviously, if you don't want me to look, don't look so good.

Blogging really is a phenomenon. Some blogs are truly purposeful. I've run into a couple of those. I like the purposeful ones because they are not merely exhibitionist missives. Some of the personal blogs are really good -- so good that you wonder if the author is making it all up. I have just begun my analysis of what makes certain blogs so compelling and will hopefully integrate that here, as it develops.

I have a blog beside this one. That's my real blog. That's where I post writing and art and all that stuff that I do in the privacy of my own home. Only now I put it out there to share. I have told my peeps that I have the blog. I guess by nature of being posted in a public forum, people other than my peeps might check it out. I frequently check how many times my profile has been viewed to get a sense of how many people are reading my blog. No one I don't know has left any comments yet though. That's what I look forward to -- some type of recognition. It's all about being loved.