Blogs are a funny thing.
People want you to read their blog. You want to read their blog. But you don’t want to comment because you don’t want them to KNOW you read their blog.
What is going on??
Why are we blog-shy? Why do I run into someone I know everything about and then act surprised and excited for them when they tell me they are pregnant, or just back from Europe? I KNOW these things about them from their blog! They would LOVE to know people enjoy reading their blog! WHY don’t I tell them?
Well, I have a theory. Blog-readers feel like they are wasting their time reading blogs and fear people will think they are snoopy or voyeuristic, or have too much time on their hands. Only men who don’t understand the full-disclosure agreement of females think this. If I am writing about something on the INTERNET (aka Noprivacyland), then clearly I do not care if you know about it. It is not a dark family secret or where to find the body of that poor sod who was tailgating me, and I would tell you about it in person too if we happened to be chatting.
I was thinking about this because I was a little embarrassed to start a blog, at least one that I let people I know find out about – Would people think I was over-sharing? Would people think I have too much time on my hands? Would people be offended by what I said or didn’t say?
Then I thought, “Who cares? If it’s fun and I enjoy it, why not just do it?”
So if you read someone’s blog, don’t be embarrassed to tell them! And bloggers who post links to blogs on facebook – guess what, I probably read your blog. I love hearing people’s takes on daily life, what brings them up, what brings them down, what they made for supper, what their kids are up to, etc. It’s fun! And the internet has opened this whole new opportunity to share ideas and find support and meet and interact with like-minded people, so why not take advantage of it? I will never think it is weird for you to have read my blog. I will be honoured and flattered that you spent some of your day with me, and I hope you’ll also post a link to your blog in the comments section so I can spend some of my day with you too!
Win-win! Happy blogging to all :)