Sometimes I think that blogging is simply an intermediary step between our current form of communication and something yet to come (with the rapid pace of change I doubt blogging is the last stop). At other times, I think blogging is a form of catharsis for those who blog and those who read them on a regular basis. Ideas are expressed. Feedback is given. Relationships form and then disappear like the vapor from a tea kettle.
I wonder if the reason we create these blogs is not so much to fulfill the promise of personal publishing but as an online place to hang out on a front porch. Maybe that’s why so many people keep showing up and posting, we have loyalty to our community and our readers. <snip> We keep showing up everyday because we know that everyone else does and it makes us feel a little less alone.
Darry, commenting on Jordon’s post:
I was reading a review of the new iLife last week, and it said that software has now made it possible for anyone to bore the rest of the world. In a way that’s true, and many of the blogs I read (and write) are sort of boring in the same way that most of my conversations are boring. But they serve a bigger purpose, in that some of my strongest relationships today have been built over a series of relatively boring conversations.
I began blogging because I wanted to change the world… or one person’s mind. I’m still waiting…