I was told to read the first five chapters of Uses of Blogs by Alex Bruns and Joanne Jacobs. I’ve made it two pages in and I’ve officially come to the realization that every blog post I’ve ever made was worthless. I am a purely neutral human being when it comes to most things. Politics? I could care less. Religion? Nobody’s going to change their mind anyway. War? It happens. It has always happened. It will happen again. Unless you really love the sound (or in this case would it be the syntax?) of your own voice (which is the case in 90% of any of these situations) there is really no point in discussing these topics.
The irony of this post is suffocating.
This is where the book comes in.
Much debate of blogging appears to focus on the so-called “A-list” of established, well-known, and often controversial bloggers while bypassing the vast range of other participants whose engagement only makes the blogosphere possible.
The way I see it, unless you’re a a member of the elite your only purpose as an “average joe” user is not to post on your own blog but to comment and fuel the success of others more well-known. You’re a peon mining the gold while the king gets to wear it. It’s like a sad middle school hierarchy: suck up to the “popular” kids if you want any recognition. If you were anything like me in middle school and didn’t give a single damn about the “popular” kids you might have a little trouble in the commenting world.
I love to hear other people’s opinions, don’t get me wrong, but teach don’t preach. I don’t want to debate, I want to learn. Call me apathetic but the amount I care decreases dramatically when you look me in the eye and accuse me of being wrong in a situation where there isn’t a yes or no answer. I have no time for trolls, thank you very much.
I better stop now before I start acting like my mother.