Have you ever blogged about why you blog? Why you started and what your goals are? We see now that many blogs are more than ‘internet chatter‘, yet somehow not quite The News. Do you blog for fun? For attention? To learn or to teach? To build community?
In China as in many places, bloggers often lament the different languages spoken by themselves and the media they consume. Below is a post from Beijing-based newbie blogger Zhu Min (朱敏)—seemingly a professional journalist—who in commemoration of his one-month bloggiversary looks back at what he's learned, what he's liked and disliked, why he plans to continue and a few comments from his readers. Feel free to leave a reason or two of your own.
In two more days, my blog will have been around for a month. My revolutionary experience over the past thirty days in recording down my experiences will serve as a reference for the direction things will go from here.
1. Regarding the value of experience. If you want to know what a duck egg tastes like, you have to try it for yourself. Watching from a distance or barking up the wrong tree will only ever tell half the story. I can get a sense for China's netizens, starting with blogging. That last sentence is just me spouting nonsense; it only refers to my own thoughts.
Regarding ‘click count’. It seems everyone agrees that ‘click count’ is the internet's way of speaking. With the special nature of the internet's scope and spread, creating a ‘hot spot’
is quite easy given all the unsavory characters to be found. But blogs also have their own special nature in that they are personal web pages, spaces where what one wants can be found. In ancient Chinese illustrated novels
, one can often see ‘swords are bestowed upon the brave hero, rouge is bestowed upon the beautiful lady. Even from mothers on the street one can hear ‘give good food to the starving, good talk to the learned’. There are both ‘valuable’ click counts and ‘rubbish’ click counts. Everybody's reasons for starting a blog are different, with different attitudes toward click count. Some people like everyday to be noticed by the masses, in which case one could keep on speaking on those topics which arouse people's clickthusiasm. Others just hope for and feel one lifelong friend would be enough, never thinking with the vast space that is the blogsphere that a whole community of like-minded best friends would come, feeling secretly happy inside when they do. Some people are very satisfied by community culture, possibly the point of blogging.
3. Regarding comments. They say there are already many bloggers who after finding themselves unable to attract much attention just shut down their blog. Actually, as ‘the boss of your house,’ ‘master of your domain’ (of course closing shop is also a way to be boss), you can always act on your will, act on the right your blog gives you in deciding which comments go and which ones stay. Just like Li Yinhe
‘s ‘whatever’ attitude, which is great. But for the squeamish like me, we get annoyed when we see dirt and disorder
. If I see someone pull up their pants and come here laying down dirty language, foolish talk, when I see it, even if he's already put his clothes back on properly, I'll ask him to leave with his things. This was made clear before the blog began.
First off, it really ticks me off when people leave comments on other people's blogs just as advertisements for their own blogs. I think blogs are quite personal things; write what you want when you want. Of course it's good if people read it, but also good enough if they don't. People who rely on hot topics in society to spice up their own blogs are really boring. I like to read this blogger's posts and will often come back. Happy one month!
I support your point of view, but some blogs don't deserve that criticism. Just like nature's diversity, a healthy blogsphere should also be diverse, don't you think?
I've also considered shutting down my blog, because blogfriends say all I write are ‘compositions’. I know I'm a bad writer, but not as bad as when I first started writing. That's why I feel pretty bummed. At the beginning I didn't pay much attention to my click count, just felt that having a space like this to write a diary was pretty cool, then suddenly one day a few friends came and my attitude in writing posts changed. Regardless of how it changed, I see now all the areas in which I lack. The more I write the harder I sweat!