Well, Cynical Bastard (actually, he's anything but, as I find him to be a really feeling guy) has beaten me to the proverbial punch and will be discussing this very topic on his blogcast: I'm With Stupid. Is that going to preclude my writing this post? Nah! For the past several days, I've been thinking about why I blog. I believe I write for the connections. When I compose I represent myself, and while I don't seek agreement or approval, I do seek response. This fits my need. I notice in the blogs that I follow, people share a piece of themselves and seem to be reaching out not for acceptance or self-promotion but for friendship.
And so this begs the question: when we respond in kind to others' blogs, do we then expect reciprocity? And when there is none, do we stop 'reading' them? This would be hoisting my needs on them, wouldn't it?
Someone whose blog I've been following for a while has stopped commenting on mine. I'm not certain that she/he even reads my blog anymore as there are several from that area who do. Specific queries to well-being have gone unanswered. And this morning, when I clicked on the blog's latest posting to read it, I learned that the blog has gone private and I'm not 'invited'. I guess this makes my decision for me, doesn't it?
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.