I’d like to know – if you blog for other reasons versus blogging intentionally to build a platform for your writing/your apostolate/your cat – and I am not saying that it’s bad to try to boost blog traffic:
1. If that’s not your primary focus, what enjoyment do you derive from blogging?
2. Do you consider yourself to be a “successful” blogger? In what sense?
3. If you could choose between having a post shared 500 times, or having one of your Internet Idols send you an email to say “I really enjoyed your post,” which would you choose?
1) Well, I find blogging is a social outlet. I’m much better at typing than I am at talking, and it’s much harder to browbeat me online when I can bring out facts and evidence from objective sources at a moment’s notice. It’s a place to say things worth saying, and that I just want to say.
2) I don’t think about it. I wish that I remembered to write more often, I wish that I could sway folks better, I wish that I thought of great lines that I think of days later, I wish that I could develop some of the posts that I think of. (Part of the addictive nature of Ricochet is that I can pop on for an instant, write a response, and leave.)
3) Definitely a nice email. I have had emails from online idols—or comments, or “hey, read this!” type links!—and I have had posts shared. One is pure pleasure, the other just makes it easier for trolls to find you.