I was reading a new blog I found Adventures of the Reluctant Housewife (well actually she found me and I just follower her over the Pond to her blog) and she asked the question: How do you explain blogging to those who don’t blog?
Take my husband for example. He calls it ‘that thing you do’.
Until that is we got a free day out at Drayton Manor Park through my blog and suddenly he started asking questions.
I’m not talking about those who use blogging as part of their job. I mean the ‘hobby bloggers’ the ones who use this platform as a sort of therapy. They mix with other bloggers in the same or similar boat, they share stories, advice, support – it’s like a therapy group only with people you don’t know.
Which, when you think about it, sounds really bizarre. I mean what possible appeal could that hold?
Personally I blog because I enjoy it as an outlet. It means I get to write down the funny things that happen in our family, or that my children say, or thoughts that are on my mind or great things I want to share.
The fact that people come here and hang around is a big ole bonus.
But to those who don’t blog, or who have never read a blog, it must seem like the strangest way to spend your time.
And I often wonder, is it only bloggers who visit other blogs or do casual readers ever stop by?
I know two very good friends who regularly stop by – Suzanne and Jane (hey girls!) and Jane has even now gone on to launch her own blog (because, I suspect, her two girls just don’t listen to her enough so she needs another outlet!)
Can you actually make friends with someone you have never met?
Sure you have online banter and you share a common passion (be that your children or your hobby or your work). But is that enough?
So I ask the question: How do you explain blogging to those who don’t blog?