Is blogging stupid? Sometimes it seems like it is. In my experience, unless I REALLY don’t understand how everything works, it seems like everyone is just patting each other on the back, with the hopes that they’ll get patted back (pun not intended). For instance, sometimes I’d get 10+ likes on a blog post, but then when I would check my stats, I saw that I’d only had two visitors and five views. That just doesn’t sound right.
The idea of Liking a post that you haven’t even read is just wrong. It’s like lying. It’s creating a fake community. When you’re in a community you start to expect things from the people in that community. You expect a certain level of trust and sincerity. But what if the foundation for that community is actually something weak and fleeting? What if your community is built on a lie? What if people actually don’t care about what you write?
I’m not trying to judge anyone. Seriously, I’m not. But if all of this is true, wouldn’t that make blogging virtually pointless? Like “Yay, I have a bunch of fake followers!” Or “Yay, I have so many fake fans!” Are we (or am I) just deluding myself whenever I feel proud for getting a bunch of Likes? It’s hard to tell.
I guess the important question to ask is What are you really looking for when you blog? Am I just Liking this post for the sake of getting Liked back? Am I a “selfish” blogger? Obviously, getting a Like or a comment feels good regardless of whether the person really meant it. But I think that, for a sincere, honest community of bloggers to be formed, we need to be more aware and more truthful when we go to give support to another writer. Meaning that we need to be ACTUALLY supporting them, not just focusing on ulterior, personal motives.
Hey, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. I’m guilty of Liking and Following just for the sake of attention as much as the next guy. Everyone wants to eat but not one wants to get eaten (that’s from The Inheritance Cycle, btw). It’s a complicated world :S
Just some thoughts…hopefully you don’t end up hating me if I offended any of you. Hopefully you’ll recognize this as an honest post from one blogger to another!