If there was no audience, why would we blog?


As rhetorically posed by another blogger I read earlier in the context of generating a wider audience, which made me wonder…

Without an audience, would blogging still be to words what needles are to knitting?

Without an audience, would the buzz from the concentration required to knit words together still be a satisfying distraction from everything else?

Without an audience, would there be a mass of never-ending scarves?

Without an audience, would that distraction still lead to a good neurobics workout?

Without an audience, would that workout still occasionally lead the blogger down more oriental streets of thought, where the wall between subconscious andย self-conscious is at its thinnest?

Without an audience, would it still be worth the thrill of reaching the weakest point in that wall?

Without an audience, does an unread post with typos still have typos?

Without an audience, can a blog post still be considered read, if only by its creator?

Without an audience, how many bloggers does it take to change a light-bulb?

Donโ€™t you just hate those annoying fuckers who answer a question with a question?

*fuse blows in light*

Hello? Hello?



23 thoughts on “If there was no audience, why would we blog?

  1. I’m with you on this one, heather. Though it’s lovely to connect with others, journaling, (or often waffling/whinging in my case) has its benefits either way.

    Happy Birthday to your wee girl, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I think no matter how much any of us protest, we want the audience. Otherwise we’d just write diaries. Though all the handwriting would be tough going. Word documents would be better. Where on earth did you lose some audience?

    • Ah I get the notion some folk have tuned out rather than buggered off entirely. The rough and tumble of it. I guess.

      I think you’re right. Without an audience there probably wouldn’t be the self-consciousness, or the confidence to try to hit the high notes, so to speak. Audience generation strategies are a slightly different affair depending on ambition and drive involved etc..

      • One thing I find is that sometimes someone new reads my blog, and comments frequently, maybe for weeks. And then a while later, I realise I haven’t heard from them in a while. I used to wonder if they’d liked my blog and then stopped liking it but that doesn’t really make sense, unless I’ve changed the blog. So I figure sometimes a new discovery is a novelty, prompting lots of comments, and then the novelty wears off. Not sure if it’s a similar situation you’re talking about, but I think it’s all normal. Based on a sample of one…

      • That’s scientific enough for me! Yeah, there’s an inevitability about it. One topic might catch an eye, others not so much. One newly discovered blog will lead to umpteen others, just from reading the comments.

        I’m beginning to feel about blogs the way I do about books – I’m never going round them all. Dang.


      • Oh. Thank you so much for the plug on Facebook. That was mightily generous of you. I was wondering where all the traffic was coming from. I’m in stat heaven. I need to lie down.

  3. Great post, great blog, new here but just lost half my morning reading your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure I had a to do list to be following!

    I laugh at my initial naivety to blogging. Just write, publish and people will read. Turns out it was not that simple…. I’d love to say I just write for me but that’d be a lie, I’m a statsaholic at this stage… it can be hard putting all that time and effort into a post, especially one you end up really liking yourself, only to see no one reads it at all. I guess it’s an ego thing, for me anyway… so I’m not quite a fully enlightened being then ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hiya Naomi, welcome aboard. Appreciate the read. And another follow – I’ve got thrills! (I’ll see your ego and raise you a hefty one ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I had more than a touch of the naiveties myself when I embarked on this blogging business. I had thought of writing emails to our little one originally. Then one click of the mouse led to another and.. sorry, excuse me a sec *checks stats* .. I’ve never looked back.

  4. Great post. You’ve got me laughing and given me brain ache at the same time. I’m going to link to this post. Love it :]

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  6. Hahah – love this post, because absolutely no-one reads my blog! I’m just ‘writing into the void!’
    Wordpress keeps getting me all excited with notifications, until I realise they’re from myself. ‘Congratulations! You have posted a post!’
    Up yours, WordPress!
    (Still, at least i can tell myself that I am writing for the lurve. And that there are no typos ;0)

    • Ha. I remember those. The thrill! The excitement! The dodgy excessive use of exclamation marks! The fuckers. They don’t bother with that now. Though I’ve been expecting ‘Congratulations! You’ve been talking to yourself or five posts in a row!’ or ‘Congratulations! You can stop posting now!’ Welcome aboard my support group, Surrey Mum. Good to have similarly teased people around.

      • Glad to be aboard!!!!! (<-how do you like *my* dodgy use of exclamations marks btw??!!!!! !)

        Actually, let try doing a post that is nothing but exclamation marks. I bet it gets the most Likes.



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