When I started blogging around 9 yrs ago on AOL only they were called journals, I just picked a few from the front page and started following, I was hooked, the men and women there wrote about everything and anything and that is really what sparked my interest, even more that these journals were read and commented on.
Finally deciding to dip my toe into the blogging pool, I wrote my first post, well more of an introduction, one kindly lady saw it and commented and gave a shout out that there was a new blogger on the block, to say I was surprised is an understatement at the welcome within a day I had some 30+ welcome to their corner of the blogosphere. That kindness has always stayed with me and I’m still in daily contact with most through FB.
Which brings me at last to this topic:
How do You Choose What Blogs To Read
This time around I sought out more commonality I wanted to write about mental illness/depression and felt the need to share my own journey, and frankly needed the support from like-minded souls who would have an idea about what life is like living under the cloud of depression.
It took awhile lurking around the WP halls looking at the categories until I found a place in which I could share.
I don’t necessarily go for the most popular, for me it’s about the person behind the word and if I can find a bond in what they write I will usually follow, unlike the “content is king gurus”, for me it doesn’t have to be a polished professional type blog, if I see their words come from the heart and I find myself nodding at the screen when I read, they will be the ones that not only do I follow but will comment too.
I’m always seeking new blogs again to always about my main subject, it’s where the nosiness factor comes in,I like reading about people and their daily lives,interests and have read some heartbreaking blogs as well as those that make my sides hurt from laughing to those that inform and make me think.
I’ve chosen many bloggers just from their comments on other blogs, simply because I like the way they said what they did, or I have found them through WP reader, sometimes you can just find gems that capture you from the word go.
Like everyone else I like having followers and always feel especially good when comments are left, it’s part validation that your words are being read, but more so being part of a community where share and support one another, we are a global community and watch the way we connect unfold can be a wonderous thing.
There are some negatives, I don’t like it when I’m told how I should blog, or what should have been included in my posts etc, you know this is my space and I write what pertains to me, it’s about me,and I don’t ask anyone to agree or like everything I write, we all have a choice just move on somewhere else.
In conclusion I like my space here, who I follow and who follows me, I have a voice within this community, it helps me enormously and I’m proud to be a part of it.
How Do You Choose The Blogs You Read?