I admire all bloggers on AW because I think with blogging you are putting yourself out there taking a risk of not knowing how your blog will be received. Thankfully a large majority of people on AW are well adjusted and reasonable that makes blogging a lot easier.
Of course you get some comments that are just meant to annoy you, wind you up and just belittle you. That is part and parcel of a public forum. At times I wish those humiliating actually put themselves out there and blog. Armchair critics make my blood boil!
I am just thinking what is it I get out of blogging? Is it worth my time? Is it purely for me to be recognised on AW?
Of course recognition does play a part in this. All bloggers want their blogs to be read and commented by maximum number of people. Hell I will be honest I do keep an eye on most read and most commented tabs.
I read the blogs higher up on the list and asked myself, what made that blog reach that status? Why was that topic so interesting to readers? What grabbed readers attention on this one? I look at the blogger writing style and see how he/she has come across. Is this the writer in me or is it the need for recognition? I think it is both.
What do I get out of blogging? I suppose it is an opportunity to get things off my mind. The process of writing is therapeutic. The added advantage is that the comments in the main tend to be helpful. They give me an angle that I did not think about.
There have been many times I have said to myself I really should stop blogging. I just come back to it! In the evening I just want to write. The question, I cannot work out is why don’t I just write and not blog ie not make it public? I think this because of the need to share and be recognised . Let’s be honest here, isn’t this why many people participate on AW? It is a human need to be recognised and to share.
Is blogging worth my time? I am not sure. I do not think it is. At the same time if I did not blog I would not get an opportunity to brain dump.