Why do I blog?
That's a good question. Sometimes I'm not too sure. I have quite a few friends that know I blog but they don't bother reading it. I guess that's ok. So does that mean I'm mostly blogging for strangers? Do I really have anything to say that would interest a complete stranger?
I actually started to blog a few months ago with the intent of sharing my faith-based opinions with strangers and perhaps making new friends along the way. For the first couple of months I received very light traffic to my site. I probably had less than a half dozen visitors a day and probably most of those were family and friends. I was fortunate to meet a few fellow bloggers by posting on their sites. However, usually if I left a comment for someone, my comment would be the last one on that post. I guess once I shared my viewpoint there was nothing left to say.
Recently I started joining a few social networking communities in hopes of increasing the traffic to my site and increasing my network of online friends. Now I have between 75-100 visitors a day. Are they interested in what I have to say, or is everyone just stopping by to drop their card for points and add me to their friend's list for more link exposure?
I don't mind the random drops or being added to a friends list as part of another blogger's campaign to increase their exposure. After all, that's part of the game, right? Drive enough people to your site and you'll have some small percentage that click on an ad or leave a comment. Some bloggers make a good income on click ads.
I'm just as guilty about not stopping long on all the sites I drop on. If I drop 50-60 cards each night, I certainly can't read through 50-60 posts. I do skim the headlines however, and I do make an effort to leave a comment if I think I have anything useful to add. I also try, if time permits, to make it back to anyone's blog that has left me a comment and return the favor.
I think over time that is the way to build a blog community. Just like in the world outside of the blogosphere, you can't get to know everyone. However, if you treat everyone as a potential friend, your circle of friends will grow.
I still blog to share my faith-based opinions with strangers and and perhaps make a few friends from around the world, even friends that don't share my faith but enjoy discussing different opinions. It's not my job to win any arguments. It's just my job to share what I know.
Psalms 40:9 (ESV)
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
So, why do you blog?