Sitting at my computer at 3:00 AM, eyes bleary, tired as hell, I am confronted with the blank blog page, a twinge of nausea. A question suddenly hits me in the forehead. Why do we bloggers do it?
You know it immediately if you are included in the group I refer to. You know it instantly because you are there with me each morning, collectively banging our heads from remote blogging stations.
Of course, our reasons vary, but a common thread binds us. We bloggers share similarities that unite us in solidarity, though the union is fragmented and oftentimes unrealized.
You think about why you do it everyday, even if only subconsciously, or you wouldn't bother. Writing daily is no easy task. In fact, some days it's nearly impossible, when you stumble across obstacles and blocks. Those are the tough mornings when ideas are thick like tar and creativity is stuck in a frozen jar.
At the end of the day this is nothing more than a blog. It's nice to hit them high notes - but REALLY - how significant do you think something that sort of sounds like the sound of a flatulent frog being run over by a clown car really needs to be?”
Don't you feel this way sometimes? I mean, really, how silly or vain am I to sit here writing each morning? Still, something divine binds us and transends the pain. I will get to what binds us together, but first, something that doesn't.
The Public's Perception of Blogging
Many people believe that we do it for the money, LOL. If these people only knew what we go through, sore fingers, aching brain, and nervous stomach.
For those of you under this false assumption, the vast majority of us bloggers lose money. Yes, we pay to be able to blog, to work and write. Those fancy Google ads don't make any money because no one ever clicks the damn things. People have more important distractions.
No, most don't make money, and it's only the superstars you hear about with success and fame. The average blogger is a grunt, in the trenches, shoveling words by the dozens.
And, related, most of us bloggers don't have that many readers. Only those who stick it out for the long run or who are absolutely brilliant get the huge following. In blogging, persistence is everything, and we all know that to be consistent with something that does not pay dividends is difficult.
For those who think we simply love to write, like an addiction, like a terribly fun game to play, like candy, you are wrong. Yes, there are a few out there like this, but I am not one of them. Writing represents one of the hardest things I do, so that should dispell the myth that writing comes easy for us.
The Tie That Binds
Writing is difficult because it involves language and muscular coordination, the most complex and taxing parts of the brain. Forming thoughts and words, transferring them to the page, is hard work.
The quality that binds us together actually involves many different personal qualities that manifest themselves in unique ways with each individual. They are all positive qualities and they reflect well on you as a person.
Most importantly, you should know what they are because they are connected with your self esteem. These positive personal qualities should make you feel good about yourself because they are the rewards that we receive as bloggers, sometimes the only ones.
A blog is only as interesting as the interest shown in others.
Your Personal Qualities as a Blogger
I'm going to generalize now of necessity, but notice how each of these fits (or doesn't). Your qualities as a person are what drive you to blogging, and they are most positive:
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
You blog because you want to live deep, and you are a good person, in part, because of that. For you, it is not enough to simply pass through life without admiring the flora along the way.
These qualities and more bind us, so let us be friends and reach out to one another. We write for our fellow bloggers because we know the kind of people they are and we want to connect. I want to connect to you, to feel your pleasures and your pains.
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Before taking off, I really do want to hear from and connect with you. What have I got right here and what have I left out? Do you feel differently?
By Darin L. Hammond
Writer for ZipMinis and owns ZipMinis Freelance Writing.
Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati
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