This blog thing is tough. It could become a full-time job.
#1: There is my own blog to follow and to keep up. I alternately do a good to fair to middling to lousy job on keeping up with posts. It’s not that I lack things to say–it’s just that I can’t always make the time to give it proper attention and to do a decent enough job to satisfy me. I have an ever-growing file on my desktop of blog topics and ideas.
#2: There are all of the other fabulous fav blogs that I regularly follow. I discovered blogs about five years ago–local Delaware blogs about the political and education issues of the day. I was hooked. Where else can you see/read/hear interesting and provocative ideas from hundreds of people and toss back your own opinions and ideas, every day of the week, without even leaving the confines of your home or changing out of your jammies???
#3: Then there are the other blogs that I check every week or so–reading back down through the posts of interest. Always an informative and stimulating task.
#4: And last, but not least, all of the “wonderful and new” blogs that one stumbles upon by way of references, reposts, other bloggers blogrolls, etc. I can lose hours and hours tracking new and intriguing blogs. And, adding them to my favorites. And checking and rechecking.
I admit it–it is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! LOL
I am a dedicated newspaper reader–the Wilmington News Journal every day, and the NYT on Sundays. My dream is to reach the point in my life where I can read the Times every morning. And, I like the paper papers–not the on-line versions, which are OK for a quick check, but not for a satisfying read with a cuppa.
But blogs fulfill a different role. They can be newsy and informative. I have learned a lot by following blogs. But, the best part is the call and response aspect of blogs. There’s the post–>the response–>the counter-post–>the reply. The back-and-forth; the give and take. Point-counterpoint.
However, sometimes it gets down and dirty. Mean. Nasty. Vulgar. Obscene. Embarrassing. Insulting. Revealing of character. Pssibly leading to unintended consequences. Trolling and phishing are not welcome.
I think bloggers and regular readers/responders to blogs understand the significance of participation. Some folks feel comfortable enough to sign on with their given names. Others feel the need to remain anonymous or to give themselves a noms de blog–ghost writers in the sky.
Most blog followers understand the concepts of opinion vs. truth. Ideas vs. news. Pot-stirring vs. genuine, meaningful debate.
Just because someone follows any given blog, or even chooses to respond to a particular blog, does not mean that he/she automatically agrees with everything the blogger states or believes. For example, I am liberal in my thinking and in my politics. However, I do follow several conservative blogs because they are worthy of my time, well-written, and honestly provided.
One last thing: Thanks to you if you choose to check my blog every once in a while. Do me a favor. Write back. Say something every now and then. Let me know you are there. It can get lonely out in in the blogosphere. LOL