i fully realize the title of this post resembles a cheesy-a~* crappy romance novel. fret not, dear readers; this post is about something else.
for the record, i had a quite a bit of difficulty writing this post; normally i can whizz through one pretty easily. it was difficult finding the right words, but i think i managed it in the end.
#1. The author is no longer interested in the topic. Most blogs have a particular focus or slant. If the author loses passion for the topic, they will often simply stop blogging.
#2. They feel like the blog is an exercise in futility. Most people blog to be heard, but if they feel like no one is listening, they’ll lose the passion to keep writing.
those are wisely stated reasons; barring the unforeseen, they are the most likely causes for blogs to depart. which brings me to my reaction to his comment.
blogs are a form of social media; in other words, a blog is a platform for people interact and exchange ideas, and many people blog for this very reason—to have that social interaction. so it may seem oxymoronic for me to talk about intrinsic motivation—the motivation within, versus extrinsic motivation—the motivation without, where blogging is concerned. i love playing pool. when i say love, i don’t mean the kind of love we have for other human beings; rather, i’m talking about the deep satisfaction and pleasure i get when i play the game. for the lack of a better word, i’ll call this love. aside from pool, i also love writing. when i decided to start a blog, i wasn’t thinking about creating traffic, or to become popular, or to be the champion as the most searched/most read site on the intarnet. it’s a very selfish endeavor; it’s something for me, and for me only.
by saying the blog is only for me, i don’t mean that i don’t give a crap about your comments and opinions, not at all. i love the comments i get (it’s kind of surprising people actually read my stuff), and i try to reply to all of them, even if it’s just a couple of words. that’s my way of saying “hi, i’m here, i read your comments, and no, you’re not talking to a wall.” however, this blog is for me, first and foremost. i have a lot of pool stuff on my mind, so i feel the need to put it on paper. i hope people will read it, but i write the posts for me because that’s what i love to do, in the same way that i love pool.
on the other hand, if you start a blog purely to become popular or to have it as a source of human interaction or happiness, i think you’ll be disappointed. people are imperfect. whenever you are dependent on people to bring you what you want or need, there will bound to be disappointments. besides, writing a blog is a lot of work, and it can get boring fast if you don’t have something to say. twitter or similar microblgging platforms are probably the better options if you just want to post something online without having a topic.
i blog because i enjoy doing it; it’s a drive from within. it’s just for me, although i hope you’ll enjoy reading it in the process. i think that when you do what’s driven from within, there’s always a chance you’ll find someone that enjoys the same. it may be a small audience, but numbers don’t really matter.
it’s what you love.