I believe serious blogging comprises of four important things :
# Presentation – Writing good quality posts (whatever type one write about) regularly at one’s blog and being active.
# Communication – Actually reading subscribed blogs’ posts and commenting on them (and not just writing anything for comment’s sake..just to mark your presence).
# Reciprocation – Replying to comments on one’s posts.
# Networking – Checking out regular commentators’ blogs or new blogs..you know like friends of friend and possibly subscribing to those thus extending your network and acquiring long-term blogging relationships.
I have been a bad blogger…very bad in fact. I have ignored both the presentation and reciprocation part for some months now And reasons are many…lack of time NOT being one of them though. But I think I can now safely say that the blogging spirit has rekindled in me and I am back in business Yet again.
As for the communication part, I put in a lot of effort in reading and commenting. Every time I have returned from a blogging break, I have tried to cover as many unread posts on each blog I have subscribed. (2-3 are remaining..will catch up soon) I guess I don’t need to do that but it is just something of a quirk I have. I feel I may have missed out on something important happening in my blogger-friends’ lives. (Did receive few shocks this time…One had deleted her blog..started a new one but private, another one has made her blog private). Also I feel I am being a disloyal reader-blogger friend if I just mark “all read” and start reading/commenting afresh. So, anyway, I don’t know how many appreciate my effort or just think I have loads of free time so I do that. Trust me I do have other things to do with my time.
Some people (bloggers) call blogging as a “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” world. But of course!! What did you expect? That you would just keep on posting and others would come and comment and expect nothing in return?? That can only happen if you are some very famous blogger. But in normal cases and that is like 90% of the blogosphere, it IS a two-way street! And if you consider blogging a serious activity, you got to put in the effort. After my honest effort, I will expect some response in return. That is human nature and those who deny it are just lying. But there are many who don’t reciprocate. I have 234 subscribers in Google Reader, 1800+ subscribers in email and I am a faithful reader of 120+ blogs (not counting the many blogs which are dormant now). And yet such low response!! Such numbers make me think my blog subscribers (except the ones who do comment be it regularly or irregularly) are in some alternate universe!!
Has the blogosphere become a very selfish place now? Does a blogger’s absence for some time erase their earlier efforts from others’ minds? Are blogging mutual relations so fickle..so ephemeral? Is there no concern towards well-being for when the blogger and reader are not connected on any other social media platform? Do a dormant blog’s readers feel actually relieved thinking “phew! that is one blog I don’t have to mark my presence now”? Am I being the last standing fool? Yet I remain faithful to the blogs I have read since I came in this world. But then that’s just me..bit crazy and someone who takes blogging quite seriously..not just a pastime. But then how long can a one-sided relationship go on? And it should not too! Sigh!! Am I just being too needy?
Towards fulfillment of the networking part and to bring some much-needed change in my Reader, I have started following some new blogs..namely A Quest on Overdrive, Catawampus me!!, R’s Mom, Somkritya, Saddi Delhi, Expressions, Perceptions, Life’s Many Whispers, Clouds on My Palette, Meera’s Musings, On a Wing and a Prayer, The Era I lived in, Deviant Wave, Crafty Shines (had heard a lot and seen her around a lot in our common blogging circle..it was about time I followed her!), Mindspace, UmasReflections, Floral Fragrance, The Conjecture Girl, Searching Self, Life is beautiful, Gyanban, Precariousness, Roddurer Protisruti, Blogging All The Way, Double Inverted Commas and Unspoken Heart. Blog on people!! Hope to have a great blogging experience with all of you!
Lastly, I feel no matter how many social media platforms come and go, be it Facebook, Twitter or more recently Pinterest, no “like” or “RT” or whatever they do over at Pinterest; can give that happiness and excitement as when you publish a post on your blog and the first comment notification email comes in your inbox. And if they keep coming, that’s just heavenly!