After 2+ years of blogging, am I really a Blogger? Maybe not because I still have difficulty in coming up with a good answer when a non-blogger asks, “Why Do You Blog?”
I pause for a couple of minutes, process the question, and then try to think of an answer that will put me in good favor with the non-blogger.
Low-self esteem and a need to seek the approval of the non-blogger is what I must learn to overcome. I have to Let Go of Ego before I can fully embrace the title of Blogger.
I never asked those who posed the question, “Why Do You Blog” what they thought of blogging. However, I did pose the question to www.answers.yahoo.com to see what non-bloggers thought of bloggers and found the following negative comments:
- “They don’t have an outside life and can’t socialize in real life, so they are trying to socialize on the internet.”
- “Why do people blog if they’re not going to be read? Nobody reads or comments on them.”
- “Bloggers think others care about their lives”
- “People wanna be popular and some want to get money.”
- “People who blog like to tell people about there life -AKA attention seekers.”
- “So that some people can ask bulls…. questions and others can answer?
- “Bloggers think that others care about their life.”
- “I mean personal blog. They’ll write a new post a few times a week, every day, or even a couple of times a day about themselves but the topics are always mundane.”
- “Simple, for some reason these people seem to think they have something useful to say. Unfortunately what they post is nothing more than mindless drivel which does nothing more than highlight their sad little existences.”
- “Simply because they want to, and probably do not have much of a life,”
- “I understand journaling but why would you make it public?”
- “Is it because they have a HUGE need for attention and to let others know they exist?”
- “Because people are narcissistic and honestly think other people are interested in hearing about what they did during the day.”
- “They want to feel that someone is interested in hearing about their lives. It all goes back to being a little kid and jumping up and down screaming, ‘Hey look at me! LOOK AT ME! Are you looking ?? LOOK!!!”
- “What makes people expose their thoughts in online diaries.” Why the heck would you want people to read your diary.”
There were some positive comments. However, I didn’t expect to see the number and severity of the negative comments.
Is it possible that the people, including family members, who asked me over the past two years, “Why Do You Blog”, have views similar to one or more of the above non-bloggers?
I no longer wish to struggle with answering the question, “Why Do You Blog”; so I will take time in the coming week to BE STILL, LOOK WITHIN and WRITE A POST about WHY I BLOG.