Why Blog - The New Blog Evolution
I have long wondered why some blogs are more popular than others? I enjoy many blogs that are great, but are almost invisible in the blog rating bureaucracy.
A blog like *Bonez for example that is completely diverse and interesting, and many, many others each with its own character.
Why do some blogs have a higher technocrati rating or a higher google rating etc.?
Are these ratings important, and do these faceless bureaucrats that rate us, are they or their opinions really that important? Why are not bloggers rating those that are doing the rating?
After *Bobby Revell, a blogger super star, stopped by recently and commented that,"Blogging and Bloggers in general are segregating themselves ... a division into little cliques. When someone writes something of importance, most bloggers ignore it, often out of spite." I decided to investigate.
I discovered a post by *Sandhill - Why do we blog, and researched further. I continued to investigate and came up with these general reasons and some good videos to boot ...
Of course there are millions of blogs, and most bloggers fit into these general categories ...
Ego gratification - Some people need to be the center of attention. It makes them feel good about themselves to tell the world what important things they've been doing and what profound thoughts they've been having.
Anti-depersonalization - When people begin to think that they are nothing more than a cog in the wheel of society, they look for any way to differentiate themselves. The Web log proves they are different.
Elimination of frustration - Day to day life, especially in the city, is wrought with frustration, and the Web log gives people the ability to complain to the world. You get to read a lot of complaining in these logs.
Societal need to share. As a cynic who gets paid to write, I have a hard time with this explanation. But it seems some people genuinely like to "share," and this is one way.
Wanna be writers - A lot of people want to be published writers. Blogs make it happen without the hassle of getting someone else to do it or having to write well, although there is good writing to be found. Some is shockingly good. Most of it is miserable. I expect to see those Open Learning classes around the country offering courses in Blog writing.
Thinking about my own reasons for blogging, I came up with my theory.
My Blog Theory
Blogging and bloggers are like society. We drive certain cars, and live in certain neighborhoods. We live behind and without walls.
Bloggers separate and categorize themselves as we are separated in society, - by our speech, by our language, by our writing, by our education, and even by color, and nationality, and profession, and beliefs.
We are separated by our politics, and incomes, and how and where we live. We even separate ourselves by the movies we watch, in religion or lack thereof, by race, by fashion, in fact we are totally separated and we are in fact integrated in this separation.
Our likes and dislikes will not go away, and whatever the reason for this Blog phenomenon, it's also not going to go away anytime soon.
So why do you blog, and what do you think about my blog theory?