“I am a man, and men are animals who tell stories. This is a gift from God, who spoke our species into being, but left the end of our story untold. That mystery is troubling to us. How could it be otherwise? Without the final part, we think, how are we to make sense of all that went before; which is to say, our lives?
So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we’ll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.”
~Clive Barker – from the novel Sacrament
Why do I blog?
Barbara of the excellent Blogging Without a Blog asked Friday what bloggers would be doing if they weren’t blogging. I said I would probably be drawing my comic more frequently or completing one of several unfinished (hell, unstarted) novels.
The other bloggers’ answers were varied but the results led Barbara to determine that for many of us, we blog to fill a void in our lives. Which led to the follow-up entry which poses the question, what does blogging give us that we aren’t getting from our everyday life?
I hadn’t thought about this before.
After giving it much thought, I decided that I blog because it delivers an immediate response to what is oftentimes a solitary profession, writing. I enjoy the feedback, witty banter and conversation with readers. This is something that I feel is unique to blogging.
While I wrote for a newspaper for three years, I seldom got immediate feedback. Usually when readers responded to things, it wasn’t until days or weeks after the fact. Oftentimes, stories were forgotten as soon as the reader turned the page.
This didn’t bother me when the article was a ‘just-the-facts’ quick news story. However, when it was a column I’d written or something I spent a lot of time and effort on, I wanted a response. I wanted to talk to people about how the story/column affected them or perhaps hear them talk about the subject of the piece. However, when you work for a newspaper, most readers’ reactions will remain a mystery to the writer.
Typically, an author doesn’t get a feel for reader reaction until long after the book has been written. And by the time you have a feeling for what the readers thought, you’ve likely moved on to the next book.
While I mostly want to be known as an author of horror and suspense novels, I don’t know that I can give up the immediacy of blogging.
So, why does it matter what other people have to say? Chances are decent if you and I met in real life, we might never think to start up a conversation. So, why should I care what you have to say?
Part of it is curiosity about you, getting to know others, learning new things. But I must confess that part of it is also ego. I’d like to think I was above such things as selfish as ego. But, I’m not. I want to write things that you enjoy. As I wrote in a prior post, I want to create worlds where people will lose themselves. In the end, I guess, I just want to be liked for something that is uniquely me.
God, that is painful to admit. It’s like exposing an open wound for the world to see.
So, yeah, that is why I blog. Because I want you to like me.
So, why do you blog? (Since this is Barbara’s question, feel free to answer on her blog, first. Then you can come back and answer here if you’d like)
As always, thanks for reading.
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