MOTIVES FOR BLOGGING


 

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There can be little doubt that fundamental reasons for blogging differ widely.  There seem to be some main categories, though:

(1)         Those who blog mainly to be entertained by others;

(2)         Those who blog mainly to be read by others;

(3)         Those who blog mainly to have contact with others.

The first category will provide those anonymous ‘hits’ one sees, with no ‘likes’, ‘follows’ or comments in evidence.  They aren’t making any real attempt to attract visitors themselves. 

Bloggers in (2) do little reading of other blogs.  They may or may not respond to comments on their own posts, but seldom – if ever – leave any on those of others.  When you ‘follow’ them, even though they seem to be like-minded people they don’t ‘follow’ you back.  Some of them simply slave away (producing, often, quite exceptional content) but seem to hope that some natural law of attraction will draw people to them.  Sometimes this actually does happen, of course.  Also, it can happen that a successful blogger may have every desire to read other blogs and interact, but if one has thousands of followers it is impossible to return visits by all of them, so the easiest way out is to stop almost completely. 
There is a sub-category, here, of those who flash around scattering ‘likes’ like confetti in the hopes of attracting followers, but where one can tell they probably never actually read the posts they profess to like.

Category (3)  has those who do a lot of visits and comments, and enjoy the occasional back-and-forth in the latter.  They post mainly to attract people they can chat to.  For them, the blogs are a kind of Facebook, but of a subtly different, more enduring, nature.

I think I am a mixture of all three.  I definitely enjoy reading the output of the talented writers here, or looking at their wonderful pictures, or listening to their music.  However, I am also eager for people to do the same with what I post.  In addition, I find it stimulating to have an exchange of comments.

Therefore, as a follow up to what I posted here, I think I should concentrate on other ‘3-way’ people.  I have stopped leaving any signs on blogs where I used to comment freely but never had any evidence of return visits.  Now I simply continue reading them anonymously where I like them enough.   It has occurred to me to explain my stance to these favourites in a ‘form comment’ as follows:

 Notice: Though I visit here,
Proof no longer will appear;
Now I ‘like’ or comment when
I can see, just now and then,
That my visits have created
Signs they are reciprocated. 

Or, do you think I should simply ‘fold my tent like the Arabs, and as silently steal away’?

© Colonialist May 2013 (WordPress)

 

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52 Responses to MOTIVES FOR BLOGGING

  1. Marco says:

    The right to remain silent, eh? I thought that meant you were packing up your tent and stealing away in the night? If you do that, please trake my inlaws with you…you can dump them behind any other Dune as long as its far away from here – they are driving me nuts!

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  2. optie says:

    I don’t follow many blogs but even so I find it difficult to keep up when time is tight. There are so many excellent bloggers like your good self whose posts are always interesting and thought provoking and I enjoy the interaction in the comments. My blog was started at a very low point in my life as a means of expressing the overwhelming emotions I was experiencing instead of offloading on friends and family. I don’t rate my posts as particularly interesting and appreciate all the visits, comments and likes that I receive but I don’t look at the stats.

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    • colonialist says:

      Time is always a problem, particularly if one doesn’t have lightning-fast internet.
      Posts don’t have to be loaded with drama (yours were anyway, to start off with) or be brilliant essays to be most interesting.

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  3. SuziCate says:

    I enjoy blogging but I find I can’t keep up with all the blogs I’d like to read. I make it around when I can…same thing with posting. I get so involved in blogging I neglect the pieces I should be working on. I try not to focus too much on the stats. Comments received on my blog are only about five percent of my subscriptions…but I realize other people are just as busy or busier than I am. I, too, have wondered whether I should continue blogging or not, so for now I post when I have something to say. I understand if you pack it up, but I hope you hang around. Even though I don’t read as often as I’d like I always enjoy what you have to say when I do.

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    • colonialist says:

      I don’t really want to pack up – just slow down a bit, perhaps – but what I am on about here is mainly a question of not bothering too much with keeping up with bloggers who seem to show no return interest in what I write.

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  4. I was intrigued by your categories of blogger… I think I also belong to another category as well. i began blogging because I’d just finished a book, and after a life-time of writing as a journalist, feel lost if I don’t write. So my daughter suggested I blog.
    It was only after writing a few posts that I discovered the whole bloggers etiquette of liking and commenting, and It’s been an eye-opener, and I love it. But that was a bonus. I began blogging simply because i wanted to write and needed an outlet.

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    • colonialist says:

      Basically, you started as a (2) category, then. Any writer who pours words onto a blog must have some ambition (even if subconscious) of being read.
      I started as a means of taking the mickey out of various local powers-that-be, and it grew from there.

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  5. Hmmmm I tried to put myself into one of these 3… unable to do so 😦

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  6. Ruth2Day says:

    I like the interaction and it’s good to see so many points of view on things. I also get the chance to read about topics that I would never dream of looking out for. If I read a blog I try to leave a comment, but sometimes I will hit the like button, but I don’t hit it just for the sake of it.

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  7. 68ghia says:

    There’s a few people who only ever “likes” my stuff, and I repay that favour. The few that does comment on mine, I return that to. But some, I might read, but do nothing else – and sometimes it depends on my mood. But blogging is, as you say, give and take – much like with everything else in life.

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  8. melouisef says:

    And so BTW has Ark disappeared again?

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  9. melouisef says:

    Like life – give and take
    🙂

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  10. Pussycat44 says:

    I know I have been scarce these last three weeks and not always commented, but do not leave us in the lurch. Please (pretty please) 😉

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  11. The Asian says:

    I like interacting with people. Since my blog is more of a journal than anything, I like people saying something, just so that I know someone out there is “listening” otherwise I might as well keep a written diary instead.
    I rate you should “steal away silently”. If they really appreciate your visits, they should eventually come back and check if you’re still alive which could rekindle your relationship with them

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  12. I don’t quite know which category I fall under here, Col. Blogging is a give and take, I agree.

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  13. Bams Triwoko says:

    Nice article… thanks for sharing 🙂

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  14. susanm says:

    hehehe you fold up your tent oh no never, just love the blogging. I have not been around much here and that is no ones fault but mine. I love being in the third group and just love the way that we used to chat to and fro in the blogs. Will want that more. So it means that it is up to me to visit more often. I love to leave comments and hope that it gets returned. So here we go and no disappearing act from you! Regards to MBH

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  15. Sonel says:

    Col, what you do mean with ‘fold my tent like the Arabs, and as silently steal away’? I hope you don’t mean that you want to leave because then I will be heart-broken for sure! As for the categories, I think I fall into no. 3 as I do so enjoy the blogs I follow and when I do have something to say, I will say it. If not, I simply press the like button. Some days words just elude me and having to struggle with concentration now and then, it’s difficult then to translate what I think, unless I think in English. LOL!

    I must tell you however that I do enjoy the blogs way much more than Facebook. FB just became another “spoeg-en-plak” and I do enjoy the blogs way more more. I love reading stories from excellent writers like you and your beautiful grandkids, seeing the gorgeous photography of everyone from all over the world and that is my escape from the recluse life I live where people are concerned. I don’t do well with most people. They are strange and I am even stranger and I do prefer animals and nature and being with my loving family and here I can share my photo’s and people will respond … unlike Facebook. So yeah, I am grateful for any “likes” I get and I do go and visit that person if I am not following them and if I like what I see, I will press the follow button. If I don’t, then I just go and visit them when they “like” another post of mine and also “like” their post (If I do like it) 🙂 If I don’t agree or like the post, I just ignore it and they can think what they want. As for lovely friends like you and quite a few others who totally grew on me and climbed right into my heart, you are the special ones and I will always make time for your posts and truly appreciate the beautiful comments and visits and appreciate the time it took for all of you to visit my blog and that is what makes my day every day and I totally agree with you on the ones that only visit once and then never return because they’ve managed to attract traffic to their blogs. I don’t like people like that. They make me feel “cheap”, if you know what I mean and I quickly get rid of them. So there you have it my friend and thank you for being such a caring, loving and wonderful friend. *lots of hugs*

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    • colonialist says:

      You have said a great deal here and said it really well. I do appreciate the kind remarks!
      You wouldn’t be human, though, if after working long and hard to get a picture the way you wanted it to be, you don’t also get a great deal of pleasure out of people registering their appreciation of your art. Or, for that matter, of any subject matter you may have chosen for a post.

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      • Sonel says:

        Thanks for the lovely reply Col and I totally agree with you. At some stage I was so down because of the fact that I had so many “friends” on FB and the only ones that ever looked at my photo’s was my hubby and sons that I closed my account and only started playing FB games but here at WordPress I got most of my confidence back again, thanks to you and other lovely bloggers. It is true and we are all human after all and appreciation for our hard work do mean a lot Col, especially when you can feel it comes from the heart. 🙂 *hugs*

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    • colonialist says:

      Oh, and I mean vanishing as far as the non-responding bloggers are concerned, NOT entirely!

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      • Sonel says:

        Oh goodie! Glad to hear that my friend and I agree where the non-responding bloggers are concerned. No use in wasting precious time on them for sure. 🙂 *hugs*

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  16. bulldog says:

    I think you left one category out.. those that blog for special friends to follow.. I started mainly to share my photos with the family spread far and wide and for special friends that wanted to follow my photo journey… however.. one certain Nia came across my blog and reblogged it… the rest is history.. I follow I comment and reply to all that take the time to comment on mine… what have I gained??? an addiction.. an addiction to see what others are doing, writing and taking photos of… was this my original plan.?? No, I merely wanted to have a place where I could keep records of what I have photographed, safe from floods, that managed to destroy all my historic photos taken prior to 2001, when my house went under water in Lydenburg.
    The problem is now I follow too many and find they don’t all return the favour, not that that worries me, it is just I need to reduce the email notifications I receive as I no longer have the time to look at them all… so what does one do.??.. stop reading those that no longer read or comment on mine… so what is my problem… I have 388 posts, 39500 visits and 13000 comments, so a dedicated following I never went out to look for continue to visit and comment.. so I have no option except to do the same…. am I complaining.?? No, I love every minute of it, but what I have had to learn to do, is when I’m too busy to comment or read, or I’m away for a few days, is to delete the email notifications without feeling guilty.. It is now just impossible to catch up… But this whole blogging thing is addictive, and as long as I can I will continue, even if all the usual people don’t like and comment… I know there is someone out there reading, or should I say, looking at my photos…

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    • colonialist says:

      That loss must have been soul-destroying.
      A most interesting and useful addional insight on blogging motivation, and how blogging itself can change it!
      You confirm what I say about a point being reached where it is impossible to respond as one would like, and then some coping strategy has to be put into place.

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  17. I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. I do what I feel like, at least most of the time. I leave messages on many blogs that don’t return the interest. If I wondered too much about that, I wouldn’t enjoy the ride. On the other hand, when time is tight, those are the blogs I don’t read. I have added interest for those who have shown some interest in me. Hmmm. I guess I have figured it out! 🙂

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  18. misswhiplash says:

    I love people….no two ways about it…I love contact… but I also like to read stuff which I find interesting…which can cover a lot of subjects. It is the manner of writing which makes the difference ..I tryto write from the heart which means that I write as i would speak…so if someone writes in a boring way ..that would indeed make me .fold me tent and disappear.’

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  19. newsferret says:

    Well summed up.

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  20. nrhatch says:

    Completely up to you, Col. And it may depend on the blogger in question ~ for some, you may stop reading and visiting. For others you may want to continue visiting without saying anything.

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    • colonialist says:

      Yes – certain bloggers I like so much that I will continue to read – but I don’t see why I should waste time on the rest. Of course, if I only read the emails they lose the page visits. Tough.

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  21. Colline says:

    It is certainly so much better to have that conversation. I know that at those moments when I have a limited amount of time, I will visit those who do converse, respond to my comments, and are interested enough to visit me now and then.

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