Hm, that word sure got old real fast.
Running a blog is nice. Hanging around with fellow bloggers is even nicer. The interaction part of it all can be really fun, and it’s a great way to connect to people. But that last bit is also why it’s also rife with… I don’t want to say abuse per se, because technically it isn’t, but it sure feels like it.
I mean, I know how this goes. Where do you think those boatloads of comments on my earliest posts come from? When I look back at those, the post content is bad. But what I feel even worse about the comments. Nothing against those people personally, but their comments are all single sentences, with only a global or vague connection to the post contents. Looking back, the “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” game was so big, so fast.
Some people were following hundreds of other bloggers and spending hours each day going through them all, quickly and efficiently leaving comments, with the expectance that the other person would do the same. And of course, hoping to keep the ad revenue alive.
Luckily, I’ve left that behind. I engage with peoples blogs because I find it interesting or fun, or because I’ve built a connection with those people, as big or small it may be. I try to be an upstanding citizen in a blogosphere moving towards a more impersonal society.
It makes my world, and hopefully other people’s too, just a little bit better.