Are we blogging for attention ?

Yesterday, a colleague of mine implied that people blog for attention.
The line of reasoning was some make up stories to grab attention; some neglect their families to blog; some dont have anything better to do, so they blog etc

Excuse me, If I may interject my opinion here.....

All of those reasons could be affiliated to online-chatting, e-mail and many other things as well right? In every aspect of our world, we come across the genuine and the deceitful. Blogging world isn't any different.

In a previous post 7 reasons-Why I started blogging , one reason I stated was- "The simple fact that I am reaching a global audience". True, I feel good, when I look at the site meter summary, and realize that the average number of page visits have increased. I feel good, when people write comments and contribute to the post. ....

Does that stereotype me as Blogging for attention?. My answer is partially yes, and partially no. If you are a blogger, I would like to hear your point of view. Do you agree with me?

As for me and my blog being genuine... I write, you decide!

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jbwritergirl said...

I blog fake news because the real news is just too depressing to read.

I think all bloggers like the attention of an audience as part of the pay off but for me it's an outlet to be creative and a place to get rid of the frustration of having to be spot on as a working reporter.

(I've added your link)

Lisa said...

Blogging gives me a chance to work on my creative writing skills, and to get feedback from other writers as to how I'm doing. I would like to be a published author someday, but I'm rusty. Blogging helps me to keep my brain active!

Attention...not really. Encouragement...definitely!

Take good care,

Enhance Life said...

@jbwritergirl: real news sometimes, is depressing to read! I once read somewhere that its not healthy to read the paper in the morning!

@lisa: I too have an idea about writing a book one day. At the moment I don't know what to write about.! It's something long way down the road that I would like to do.

Lee said...

Hi, Sham. Thanks for visiting my site.

On blogging for attention...I admit to being a bit of an exhibitionist, but I blog because it helps me clarify my thoughts. Since starting, I've found that blogging raises my self esteem. Sharing my thoughts with others is like declaring to the public at large and it's very rewarding when someone talks back. My friend, Susan, calls blogging "developing a public voice". So perhaps I do want the attention, but I also like being an active part of the community that blogs. Do politicians talk for attention? Do critics snipe for it?

I'm also blogging to hone my writing skills. Like you and Lisa, I too hope to be able to publish someday.

On depressing news...has anyone checked out the Carnival of Hope? It gathers uplifting posts from lots of blogs and puts them in one place.


Greg said...

In part, I believe people do blog for attention; I know I do and sometimes feel let down when not many people comment on my osts. But another part of me is also blogging to keep a record of what I've done: evens, books, movies, theatyer, etc. And sometimes, I like to disseminate information that may be helpful to someone in the future. And, as lisa writes, it helps to hone creative writing skills.

Ms. Q said...

I used to think that blogging was only for getting attention until I started reading blogs that I had no idea were blogs! Then I realized, wow, a blog can be anything you want it to be.

As a few other commenters wrote, I also blog to improve my writing skills. Blogging is a great way to discipline yourself if you want to become a writer; you can find out if you have what it takes!

Do *I* want attention? Well, like Lisa said, I'd like encouragement. It's one thing to have your friends read your blog and tell you they like it, quite another if a fellow blogger does.

Do I think bloggers in general want attention? I don't really get that feeling - I get more of a sense of community and sharing. Of course, I tend to read the personal growth blogs!

Robyne said...

I blog because I can...and I have fun doing it.

It also give me a chance to explore my writing and what comes along.

Liza's Eyeview said...

I just posted a thought on this:

Everyone has their (our)own reasons for blogging, so whatever works for us - it's our own decision and not for anyone to judge.

Anonymous said...

It's one thing for there to be blogs like this (where some information is trying to be exchanged) and those that comment about their daily life and want people to look and comment on it. I have a google alert for "massage" that will includes a blog search, and you would not believe how many times I've clicked on a link and then read some very much TMI that should have remained private (and probably even shouldn't be posted. For goodness sake; why would you write a post justifying kicking your massage husband out of the house for his work?)

itrustyou said...

An interesting post and great comments. Your topic is one I want to think through for a future post on my own site.

I've been keeping a journal since I learned to write. So, blogging is only different because I won't be searching for a place to hide it from my brother like I did when I was a teenager.

Writing helps us work through, organize our thoughts, and get things off our chest without paying a therapist or boring our friends and family. I also like the ability to take my time...edit...rewrite...and hit the delete key.

If only I could do that with the spoken word!

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