There was a discussion regarding a subject that I already knew was settled in my own mind, but I found it fascinating that other people don’t necessarily see it the same way. It’s simply about this … what I’m doing right now. Blogging.
It can be verbose, brief, whimsical, serious, funny, sad … anything I want it to be. It can be a single line of text with a link, or it can be me talking for paragraphs about writing, or life, or philosophical musings, or even bunny rabbits. It can be just about anything, really.
One thing it is not, however, is a discussion.
A blog is not a conversation. It’s simply me and my ego deciding that certain words are worth putting out there for the world to look at. This is usually followed by frank astonishment over the fact that people actually look up and read the things I’ve written.
Now, there are people out there who believe that a blog should be a discussion, rather than a soap box. Some of these folks are actually bloggers themselves, and they pride themselves on things like progressive views and fostering intelligent debate.
What I’ve found is that many of these people aren’t actually interested in the conversation … they’re interested in their own views being posted back to them, and actually go out of their way to stifle opposing viewpoints. Everything from deleting comments to ‘shouting down’ and belittling opinions that they don’t happen to agree with happens on sites like these, but the end result is always the same; they feel like they’ve encouraged public discourse on a subject that is meaningful to them. They think they’ve done some good.
Screw those people.
If you’re looking to have a conversation, have the courage to come down off of your soapbox and even the playing field. Blogs are simply a way for you to broadcast something to people, plain and simple.
Social media is where the conversations happen … which is probably why I don’t do much in the way of social media. A) I’m too busy. B) I find that the idea of conversations don’t interest me, mostly because far too many devastatingly uninteresting people out there are willing to have them. Me, I’m perfectly happy just sitting here, blogging away quietly. I’m not trying to accomplish something, or prove something, and I think I do a fantastic job of both.
So, if you have a blog of your own and believe you’re doing some good, raising public awareness, or anything pat-self-on-the-back-ish, feel free to leave me a comment telling me that I’m wrong.
And then I’ll delete your comment … which should nicely demonstrate my whole point.
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