Why the heck am I blogging anyway?
See this little picture here? It’s a figure of my blog traffic for this week. You would think most bloggers would give me a “gratz” for the one peak you see there. Unfortunately, that one peak is basically somebody flipping me the bird…lol. I’ve been sparsely blogging for about 6 months, and I’ve received about 10-12 personal emails that range anything from weird, graphical, odd, beautiful, & inspirational. BUT….I’ve also received some negative emails, too. It’s not the occurrence of the negative emails that’s got me thinking, it’s the pattern of the occurrence.
I was at a ball park on the evening when I had a spike in my blog traffic. I’m standing in line to purchase some beer and pretzels when I notice the spike. At that moment I’m thinking, “Oh damn, what did I do now…” And sure enough, about 25minutes later, I get the negative email in my account. The email was very valid and I could see the point the emailer was making. But at the same time it was a gross misinterpretation of my comment that caused the misunderstanding. It’s amazing how differently a short comment can be interpreted if read in a wrong chronological order with a “glass is half empty” attitude. Anyway, I did reach out with an olive branch and I left it at that. The stuff I don’t understand is why a traffic spike is always associated with a negative email. Does this happen to anybody else?
I’ve had 3 spikes like this, and they were all followed by 3 sets of negative emails, it never fails. So, naturally, this event made me think about what I am doing in the blogging world. Am I here to make someone’s life little sadder? Am I here to get rich? Am I here because I have nothing better to do with my time? Am I here because I’m an aspiring writer? Answers are no, no, no, and heck no.
I realized the reason why I’m here is to invest my time in people. You hear the phrase, “there is something to be learned from every individual” It is so true! It makes me feel like a human again, I want to look forward to what others look forward to, and feel the excitement when a fellow blogger achieves something. All these feelings are things I would normally never experience, but it’s a human experience that makes me a better more fulfilled person. I know that last sentence sounds cliché, so let me explain it better with some examples. Here are my reasons to why I stay involved in this blogging world:
- There is an individual that is about to lose his/her home, and potentially become homeless. I want to see this person get back to stability and re-establish his/her life
- Special someone working hard in the Carolina in which a novice writer, like me, cannot describe in words how awesome she is, but she is such a beautiful person inside and out. I want to see her land a wonderful life-changing job or maybe marry a self-made millionaire from a guy from Isle of Man. Why? Because there is no studdlier place than Isle of Man, that is man’s man coming out of that place!
- Another beautiful person that’s currently living with 20+ roommates and has to get along with every single one of them. Worst part is, they only have 1 car to share amongst them. This person is in survival mode right now, and I pray every day this person stays alive. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this person does survive and ends up saving lives of 1000s others who were also brutally abused and traumatized as a child?
- That customer no service guy…lol. This guy is such a f’in ass, but he sure has some funny stuff. You often hear that your job affects your personality. Can you really blame him for his personality when you are dealing with customer complaints every day? Lol. I want to see what happens to him if he lands a different job, a better job. Can people change their outlook in life with a different career? I want to see it.
- Couple of young folks that I follow. They are bright and energetic with bottomless dreams. I want to see them grow up, get married, and write about their little children. I want to be the uncle9911 that showers them with toys and candies and go around telling them to pull my finger…lol. Okay that’s little creepy, but you get the idea.
- Handful of aspiring writers waiting to release their first publication. You better believe I’ll be in full support mode once it does get released.
- Handful of accomplished writers. I want to eventually read all their books. How cool is it to read somebody’s book while understanding them at a personal level via personal blog? And that guy who ran across America. What did he learn, what did he see, what made him get up every day to do this crazy thing. I’m hoping to collect these books and maybe score some complementary autograph!
- All those single people. They seem to have so much give, just waiting to share them with the right person. Who isn’t a sucker for a good romantic ending? I’ll pop a Champaign with every one of you that finds your life mate 🙂
I blog because I want to be in the middle of the action! Its one thing to be a spectator and simply read blogs, it’s a whole new experience when you are “in the circle” and interacting with all the fellow humans 🙂
I also want to apologize to some of you for my misinterpreted comments…Can I blame it on my inner city public school education for it? It was a really bad education and I was more focused on not getting beat up than studying 😦