I realise that using a blog to point out the futilities of blogging has more than just a hint of irony within it. So, before I continue, please don’t email me to berate me for it (funnily enough, I’ll go on to explain why I don’t think anyone will be berating me for it).
Anyway, unless you’re “famous”, why would anybody blog? As an example I’ll use Stephen Fry – a man who has spoken of his addiction to Twitter and is also a man I admire. Stephen Fry writes his thoughts on Twitter confident in the knowledge that he’s loved by many people nation wide. As he writes, he knows that thousands of people around the world will be logging onto his blog to check up on what one of their favourite TV personalities is thinking or doing. Mr Fry knows that the words he types will have, in some minor way at least, a positive or negative effect on a few hundred people.
If everyone wrote their blogs in this sort of knowledge, then I’d understand the pleasure gained from it. The truth is however, that the majority of bloggers (including myself) are only famous when looking into a mirror. Why would anybody regularly read Joe Bloggs blog? Why would anybody care what an unknown person has to say?
My opinions on these two questions are: ‘I don’t think anybody would’ and ‘I don’t think anybody does’.
This leads me to think that the only reason a person would blog is because they are, deep down, a bit of a narcissist. It gives people an inflated sense of self when writing a blog because they can imagine they’re famous and popular, and that their words could “change the world”.
Whereas if blogs were books, 99% of them would be sitting in an old lady’s loft, packed away at the bottom of a box gathering cobwebs – never to see the light of day. It’s a bit of a sobering thought knowing that, in all likelihood, your opinions will only be heard by some good friends and family.
But, as they say, ignorance is bliss.
I started off with the question: “Unless you’re famous, why would anybody blog?” and I seem to have answered myself. People blog because they want to escape mediocrity, even if that escape is just a placebo. When you blog you can tell yourself that your voice is finally being heard, that your message is finally being proclaimed – it’s the same reason why the world is addicted to Facebook and other such sites. It gives people a sense of recognition which, in reality, doesn’t exist.
Ask yourself this: how much time do I spend reading other peoples’ blogs / facebooks in comparison to the time I spend creating my own? I would wager the majority of people who answer that honestly would understand my point.
Finally, just to clarify my own position, I should say that I never wanted to delude myself by starting a blog – I started this one on the instruction from a boss of mine. I very much doubt that more than five or six people will end up reading this cynical rant from a sad, disillusioned 22-year-old – but if anybody reads this and disagrees so vehemently that they want to prove me wrong, then do just that. Prove me wrong by sending an email or leaving a comment confirming that people, other than the author themselves, care what a nobody has to say.
Love, Peace and Acceptance