Lately Suan and I had been scouring the wordpress reader to trawl through literally hundreds of posts that are shared by bloggers around the world. Using the search engine and a few tags to attempt some sifting, it was still a challenge as new posts keep popping up every minute or so.
When we started this blog, we intended it as a staging ground to share our writings and thoughts. If you had read our about us section, you’d know that we had been writing since the late 90s but had mostly kept it private. While we do not consider ourselves travelers (as defined today by some), we say it (traveling) matters to us.
For a time as we built content transcribing our offline material online (tougher than we expected), we were happy just leaving the posts there. If anyone cared, they’d read or liked it. Otherwise, life goes on. Like most folks our day jobs sometimes keep us up – burning the midnight oil (aka doing the graveyard shift) as they say here in this part of the world.
And then there is the ‘mundane’ stuff around the home. Busy lives, such as washing the toilet, clearing clutter at home, preparing meals…heheh…sounds familiar?
Then, when much (perhaps 40% at this point) of the offline content were transcribed we took a break from writing. You know the posts can be scheduled right? So honestly we had posts strung out on a schedule 3 months out!
Crickets’ are calling in the background. Did you hear that?
At one stage it felt like we had to go out there and draw in followers to read us and even to like our posts. Because suddenly it dawned upon us reading wordy posts may NOT be the ‘want’ of the audience. And the sheer number of posts that come online every minute does not help…
Blame it on mobile devices, folks today scroll with their fingers rather than flip pages. So it is scanning the headlines, peeking at the picture(s) and click a “like”. Read a long post like this one? Forget about it! Are you still reading this? We wrote recently about why we blog.
So are we just collecting followers and likes or are we seeking someone to really read and enjoy our literary work? Or should this whole blogging thing be about conversations with folks from around the world that you’ll probably never meet in person? What do you think?