What’s Your Favorite Thing About Blogging?

I adore reading blogs and I like writing my own. But the thing I love most about blogging is receiving comments.

I love comments. I’m practically a comment addict.

Is there even such a thing as a comment junky?

I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people on my blog. I sometimes can’t believe that even one person read something I wrote and cared enough about it to write a reply.

Sure, I could ramble on with the cliché stuff about writing for myself.

Yes, I do write for myself. Yes, I do enjoy the writing process and I sometimes use it to work through thoughts or feelings.

But once the post is finished, I can’t wait to hear (see) what other people think. I don’t care whether they agree or not. Some of the best comments are the ones that disagree with my point of view. Those are often the comments that stimulate real conversation and debate.

Using other platforms, I’ve even met people through blogging. I’ve met authors, long-time commentors on my blogs, and even people who almost always disagreed with me.

It was always a thrill and those were experiences I never would have had if it hadn’t been for blogging and commenting.

I also like when people comment to comments. I enjoy seeing readers interact with one another, without my direct involvement.

I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I think something I wrote got someone to feel something.

I used to write short stories, and I would subject my family to them afterwards. I would watch their faces while they read, to see if they felt anything. In that case, it wasn’t so much what they said, but how the writing made them feel. Did it make them see something from a different angle?

Hell, did it anger them enough to question something? Did it make them think and/or feel something they might not have if they hadn’t been allowed into my little world?

That’s what I enjoy the most about blogging and writing in general.

So to anyone who has taken a few seconds or minutes to comment on this blog – thank you. You make it all worthwhile.

Now what do you like most about blogging and why?

Advertisements

30 Comments

  1. You’ve definitely got the writer’s spirit.
    My biggest hope is that I can influence the way someone thinks about something. I don’t mean I want to convert them to my way of thinking. Rather, I want to slightly alter their perception of things and inspire them to come up with new theories and ideas.
    That’s what reading does for me. I’d love to do that for someone else.
    Failing or adding to that, I hope that certain writings reach out to people and say “I know that feeling, man.”

  2. I only recently started my blog. I love the feeling I get when I click on ‘Publish’. I get a rush to see I have expressed my voice. I can totally get the feeling you get when people comment or make comments within comments, it feels you have inspired people to talk about it.

  3. I have a primary reason and a secondary reason.

    The primary: It helps me understand whatever I’m trying to learn at that particular time. Of course, I don’t actually need to publish what I write – I could just write and still benefit from the process, but publishing supports my secondary reason.

    The secondary: If I’m ever feeling certain about something, the best way to check if I’m being reasonable is to allow the public to criticize me. When I write about philosophy or history, especially with regard to contentious topics in either discipline, I can be sure that people will disagree with me. The blogosphere challenges me. It’s cooperative introspection.

  4. The comments here have been good and I agree with them, the whole notion of having your ideas presented for criticism. It’s something I need to be better understanding of, especially since I have a tendency to be critical. : P

    I blog because I find I can better interact with the internet community, as opposed to a forum, where people can often go largely ignored. Of course, WordPress makes it easy to do this, and as someone mentioned, the individualized platform gives one a feeling of being at home.

    I also agree with what was said about your blog, which explains why it was so easy for me to comment the other day…your writing voice is exceptional and causes one to want to engage. With that being said, I wish I had more time to blog!

  5. I agree that it’s amazing when someone cares enough about something I’ve written to leave a comment. So thank you for yours. You’ve made an Old Duck happy. And so easily!
    I’m new-ish to blogging and the post you’ve just responded to is one of a series I’m writing as a result of an interaction on Facebook with a young earth creationist who, to my horror, is teaching science in a High School here in Australia!
    I’ve been writing – sporadically – for about five years. Mostly essays and short stories. Definitely not for publication but for my own pleasure and because an idea just won’t leave me in peace until it’s on the page.
    I can get quite obsessive about projects and ideas and it helps to rant onto the page or – in the case of blogposts – onto the screen.
    It’s intimidating and thrilling to know someone’s actually reading them.
    I’m not sure how I would feel if my blog started to attract a large audience. I think I’d feel the pressure to ‘perform’ and get blog-fright.
    Please to make your acquaintance!

  6. Pingback: On Writing | Amusing Nonsense

  7. Hmm, I used to post a lot of art and I’ve written poetry too. I did always hope for comments on those. But writing about grief seems different.

    I like the comments because it feels better to write when you know someone, even one person, is reading. It’s the connection. I write about things I might not be able to talk about to people I know, or just in a way that’s too self serving to be part of a natural conversation.

    But I think reading back over my own thoughts is the most important part to me. Because I’m at a point in my life where I can’t keep my thoughts in order and I no longer have someone close enough to help me sort them. Reading back helps me somehow.

    • I hear where you’re coming from Siobhan. I think writing about your loss can be therapeutic. But then again, I’ve always been the type of person who likes to put thoughts on paper because it helps me think them through. It’s also nice to see the changes in perspective that time often brings.

      I’m deeply sorry for your loss. As long as I’m around, you can be sure of having at least one reader.

      • Thanks, that means a lot. I imagine I drew you in with my talk about the humanist funeral, although I know you’ve written about grief yourself? I’d love to eventually write more about grief in relation to humanism, skepticism, atheism and just plain old secularism. Debate isn’t something I particularly need right now, but in conservative catholic Ireland, it’s something that’s really important to me.

        • I have written about it. I wrote quite a bit about it after my father passed away. I found it difficult to cope with all of the religious posturing and sayings that were always thrown my way. I knew people were doing it out of kindness, but it really struck me how empty their sayings were, when all I really wanted was for someone to say they understood and would be there for me if I needed to talk.

          I think religion stunts the grieving process. I think it provides false platitudes and in a way, takes away the meaning of the loss because it tells you that you’ll see them again in a short while. For my father, the loss was more meaningful than that because I don’t think I’ll ever see him again.

  8. Pingback: How Do You Run Your Blog? | Godless Cranium

  9. I just found your blog and am reading everything. I’m not an atheist, I believe in God but do not subscribe to any established religion and think the Bible is mostly bunk. I do not think the Trinity makes any sense either. I agree with many of your points. I just started blogging myself a month ago and LOVE IT. I guess my favorite thing is reading my stats (when they’re good), and looking at a new article I just posted and thinking, “that post looks pretty awesome” and then watching to see how many likes and comments it gets. OM here gave me a HUGE boost by reblogging one of my early articles (I was ranting about not getting any hits lol) and suddenly I swarmed! It was great!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s