Do you remember a post from last November when I discovered that there are
12 Million Bloggers, 49 Million Blogs and 57 Million Internet Users reading blogs, and a new Blog is being created every 5 minutes!
The 'Average' Blogger
*is under 30
*blogs 2 hours a week
*uses a pseudonym
*does it as a Hobby for Creative Personal Expression, Documenting Personal Experiences and Sharing Practical Knowledge.
*has no f*ckin’ clue how many people read their posts but allow comments
*has a Blogroll with 13 links and 10 coming back
I am turning 50, blog atleast 30 hours a week, desperately attempt to read about 75 Blogs twice a week, haven't made one thin dime in the process or been quoted by a anyone famous and I don't care.
I am having fun.
But lately I have been reading an inordinate number of introspective posts by rank amateurs and seasoned veterans alike who are wondering where they are going with this medium and a few of my favorites seem to have either gone into ‘Cybernation’ or committed Blogocide!
Blogging has become an big part of my life and for better or worse, I have suddenly realised that it is now an indispensible form of socialization.
I have become totally enthralled and enchanted with meeting so many talented, intelligent, naughty, hilarious, people from all around the world.
You all have so many interesting, funny, bizarre & beautiful views on any imaginable issue or topic that I can’t imagine ever leaving the Blogosphere. However I would love to figure out how to physically manage my time and ensure that I didn't miss anything.
I always feel Bloggers Remorse when I get behind on my visiting anyone who leaves a comment and on my Blogroll. I don’t want to feel that way. Now I know that like-minded Clusters exist and they are a great way to visit a lot of people at the same time, but is that enough..do you feel like you need the one on one or is Cluster Blogging OK?
The reason I ask is that during my School Years I liked to hang out with different groups on alternate weekends. I always thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting beyond the clique and the cliches of the various collectives. What I found is that they all had the same wants and needs, trials and tribulations, they just had a different approach replete with identity marking costume, hair and makeup.
I finally realised that I love Blogging for the same reasons..I can hangout with the Music Freaks, Political Poindexters, Raunchy Babes, Movie Nuts, Artistes, Science Nerds, Philosophers or Jocks, Straight Shooters and the Cheech & Bongs..they’re all here. This is the closest thing that there is to being back in the proximity of such a plethora of personalities.
The kicker is now that I am aproaching 5-0 I know who I am and how I feel about Life. Gone is the angst of peer pressure and uncertainty of Adolescence. The bizarre circumstance of not ever hearing or seeing each other is offset by sheer brainpower and the technological wizardry of publishing our own personal magazines.
This is a marvelous opportunity to share ideas, offer support and learn about and from other people. This is starting to sound like a convocation address from the valedictorian! Oh well, I did win the most inspirational student award in high school so what do you expect?
If you are feeling a little down about the whole Blogging thing, think again. Where else could you have an opportunity like this to light a candle for someone who needs a cyberhug,
let your own little light shine ,
light your own bonfire of the vanities,
or light a fire under someone’s ass to get them off and running! Here it comes..
People don’t care how much you know,
they want to know how much you care.
So how do we ensure that every blogger gets their well deserved 15 cyberminutes of Warholian Fame?