Wednesday, 8 June 2011

I thought I’d use a prompt today

Giving my whininess in recent posts, I decided a prompt would be a better option.  So the prompt I have chosen is one from the discussion over at NaBloPoMo Prompt Suggestions.

Are you more inclined to blog regularly when your writing is commented on? Do you get discouraged when your posts are not commented on?

I’m inclined to blog regardless of whether I get comments or not.  I really enjoy getting comments but have found that lately I’m really bad at commenting on other blogs so figure perhaps other people are at times too. I have blogged about commenting before here. But I’m writing this more about why I blog more than anything.

I started blogging for me.  Perhaps in a way it was also for our marriage, as I’m sure  Mr E. was over hearing me rave about stuff all the time. Also because I wanted (or want to) write.  It was always my dream that I would be a writer or a journalist or both.  Of course I never really wanted to write screenplays or even normal plays and definitely not poetry.  In a way blogging allows me to indulge myself, to give me a creative outlet. Plus having commenters makes it feel as though people are interested in what I have to say.  An interactive audience, so to speak.

I blog more when I have things on my mind or when I’m doing NaBloPoMo. I think I blog my better posts when I’m not just doing a brain dump.  Of course brain dumps are good and I use them often (see my PINT posts!) but they are not the same as actually writing.  In fact it’s yesterday’s PINT post is what triggered this one and my need to flex my writing muscle.  Plus the need to actually engage my brain.  I’m in awe of people who can blog frequently (or like Deep Fried Fruit – every single day!) and can actually post decent stuff without the drivel I seem to revert to on occasion.

I do enjoy having an audience who comments and it does encourage me.  Whether having no commenters at all would discourage me, I’m not so sure.  I think I would still blog but I would probably have more brain dump posts than anything else.  I guess the blog would become more of a release valve for the weird, random thoughts in my head.  And I’m sure you would all get sick of that!

So now, over to you lot.

If you had no commenters would you still blog?  Would it change your blog?



Anonymous said...

I have never had a problem being raved at and besides having lived with you nearly 17 Years my nod and smile reflex is well developed ;)

I am happy you blog and some of your ideas to expand are also quite cool so I say keep it up

BUT feel free to dump on me too

Mr E.

Leanne said...

I didn't have any comments for the first 9 months or so on my blog. I didn't even know you could comment or that it was "the thing to do" but I kept on blogging anyway because the blogging was for me. Once comments started coming in I started to feed off them. Then if I didn't get a comment I'd be devastated. But would remind myself of why I was blogging in the first place and it put me back in perspective. Kinda ... There's a fine line between doing it because you love it and doing it and wanting to be recognised. Sigh ...


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