I once posted a thread about whether I should start a blog or not (I didn't) and I was told that one should create a blog with an audience in mind, or you'll be the online equivalent of the drunk at the last stool of the bar.
Is this true though?
Several questions were posed:
Do you read other people's blogs?
How do you find them?
I do you weed out the crap?
How do you build an audience?
And finally: Is that the goal?
If we are not intending our blog to have an audience, then it should instead be a private journal.
Several years ago, Bill Gates said he had not yet created a blog because he was unsure as to whether it would be worth reading.
"If you build it, they will come" is not always true in Real Life™ and rarely true on the internet.
There is of course a choice between a standalone blog and a forum blog. Standalone blogs are more oriented towards those who fancy themselves artists, or journalists who have interesting things to say about external events and developments.
On the other hand, there are also personal blogs where people discuss their boring lives (sorry, I'm projecting my own uneventful life onto others).
I am curious as to what the motivations are to posting a personal blog on a forum like this?
Is it for the peer support?
Does having a blog where you discuss your life make you more 'real' to others in a community like this one?
Are those who regularly post in such blogs more popular than those who don't?
What does this imply about those who choose not to make a blog, either in a forum community or elsewhere?
For those with blogs, what are your concerns in terms of privacy, anonymity etc? This question also goes for those who post pictures of themselves online that could be traceable back to them personally.
Would you like to know more about the drunk at the last stool of the bar?