Why do we write Blogs?

Note: This is an archived blog post from an old personal blog, On The Contrary. Please see this post for more details

Definition/History
There are those that Blog and those that do not. The Blog itself is basically an online diary. “The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May of 1999. This was quickly adopted as both a noun and verb.” (Wikipedia)

So.. Why do we write Blogs?
Firstly, why do we read Blogs? We read Blogs for the same reasons that we read any sort of news or entertainment piece on the Internet. If a Blog is entertaining, we usually keep ourselves updated with new postings (ofcourse, if the blog is frequently updated, it gives us newer things to read each time we check). Thus, a Blog is a form of entertainment that is presented to us as an online diary sort of thing.

With this in mind, is it not obvious that the reason Blogs are written are for entertainment purposes? Unless we are not looking to advertise our Blog, our Blogs are literally made for the publics’ eyes. Thus, placing the Blog URL in MSN messages, or telling lots of friends to read it just shows that the owner is seeking attention mainly.

So, there are various types of Blogs – You can call this website itself a Blog too. Blogs can present entities such as information, opinions, feelings, and many others. Blogs give us a basic freedom of speech, it gives us a basis to let ourselves be heard by the world thus sharing opinions and information to the world can be very much helpful. However, sharing feelings to the world? Unless you just want a single person to read your Blog to get him/her to read the secret message in your blog; I do not see the purpose of letting the public in on your world. Or heck, I don’t see the purpose of getting the public to read about your world (that is usually emotionally exaggerated). “My life sucks, I want to die. I want to die now.” – Isn’t it obvious that the user (whether genuinely depressed or not) is just seeking pity from an individual, a party or maybe even from strangers?

So mix up the two things together and what do we have? Its simple, the worst form of blogging is basically writing long emotional pages and then publicizing them to get everyone to read about your sad little life. This then causes them to pretend to care about you because they were probably mean to you at school the other day. A diary was made to be private – Blogs were made to be public thus feelings were never supposed to be thrown into them. My theory is that Blogs were always about information, then opinion and from opinion, feelings started to inhabit them.

“The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention.” – Kevin Kelly

PS: This post is pretty messy, I don’t know, didn’t plan out the text too well.

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