Is Blogging An Open Or Closed System?
I read about 16 gaming blogs every day. I'm sure there are plenty more, but I like to add them organically rather than go looking for various blogrolls and adding dozens at a time. I keep the ones I like, and delete the ones I do not. If there's anything of interest in an article, I try to give some form or feedback, comment, agreement, disagreement, etc.
I have noticed that the same people seem to be reading and replying to the blogs that I read. Most of them tend to be bloggers themselves. Are we just a small circle of people in a closed feedback loop? There's nothing wrong with this. We all like to bounce ideas off each other. People who care enough to write a blog in the first place must have something to say, something they want to share.
But is blogging an open system? Are new people reading blogs every day? It's not a readership issue for me. It's the notion that it would be nice to write for--and get feedback from--more people than our small circle of writers.
That being said, I do have a counter on my blog. Some days it goes up over 200 hits, even though I may get only a couple of comments. That doesn't even count RSS feeds. So it makes we wonder. Is there really a much wider reader-base than I think? If so, who are you? Speak up! Or are the same 20 people hitting refresh 10 times a day?
Whatever the case, I will continue to write...for myself. It's been a great learning experience trying to formalize my thoughts and ideas into words, and I've really been enjoying trying to write my fiction series.
See you next time.