I was reading an online article recently about Social Media and how so many brands just don’t get it. They all want us to ‘Like’ them on Facebook (or other sites) so that they can tell us how awesome they are. So far, few of them provide much value back, so we are in essence a free advertising channel for them. Not being a fan of commercialism, I’m surprised at how easily I let myself get sucked into this, using my own reputation and mind-space as a platform for the products and ideas of others.
That got me thinking. This blog now has something like 185 followers and that doesn’t count the people (mostly friends and family) that read it based on the links I post on my Facebook page. Given that it was all started on something of a whim, an experiment to see if I had anything interesting to say, that’s a pretty large audience.
It got me wondering what makes a blog meaningful to people, at least meaningful enough for me to borrow those few minutes a day that you spend reading what I have to say, or looking at my photographs, or wondering what in the heck I am smoking. (Yes, I’ll admit that there are probably a few days like that now and then…despite my best efforts).
I’d love to hear from those of you that are reading about why you read, what you enjoy, how I could brighten your day or give you a little more value back for those stolen moments.
And in the meantime, thank you for reading. Seriously, I mean it. Without readers, this blog would just be a voice in the digital wilderness and while it would still accomplish its original purpose (to give voice to the writer inside of me), it would be a whole lot less fun.
Comments, please. And have a fabulous week. I seriously love you all.
Yes, there is a Nirvanah: it is in leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem. ~ Kahlil Gibran