Gut Rumbles

March 02, 2005

if she read me, she'd already know

From christina:

Here is a question for some of the seasoned bloggers (Jack, Mr. Helpful, Velociman, Rob, Key, Sam, Eric, Jim, and Dax) out there, as well as for the newbies (Will, Bad Bad Juju, Wit Nit, Phin, Smiling Dynamite and 30 second thoughts) :

Why do we do this blogging thing?

It is time consuming and it costs most bloggers money out of their own pockets to do.

Personally, I have always enjoyed writing and sharing stories and experiences.

I was not sure what to expect when I first launched into this endeavor six months ago, but I am so very pleased I did.

I had no idea how rewarding the "connection" with those who comment and other bloggers would be. Some of those connections have turned into real friendships.

While there are days I think I would like nothing better than to delete Feisty (usually for reasons totally unrelated to blogging), at this point, I cannot imagine not blogging.

I started blogging to get a lot of crap out of my system. I believe I posted almost every day for six months before I reached 5,000 visitors on my site meter. At the time, I was flattered that SO MANY people read me. Now, I see newbies come along who crash 5,000 visitors in their first week.

I think blogging was more difficult when I started (yeah, yeah... typical old fart reaction) because blogging was fairly new at the time. Not many people ever heard of a blog before, and most bloggers I met at the time did it for the same reason I did-- it was fun.

The blog-world has changed a lot during the past three years, and not all of those changes have been for the better in MY humble opinion, but blogging is just now talking its first serious baby-steps. It will continue to grow, evolve, mutate or whatever--- but it ain't going away.

I really believe that blogs will change communications permenently and for the better over the next five years. MSM had better watch out. It's just too easy to start a blog and that "internet community" DOES exist. Once you find yourself a part of it, the experience becomes addictive.

I still blog for the same reason I started: "A ceaseless quest for adoration from people who don't know me."

But somehow, along the way, I've met a lot of people who DO know me now. And I consider them to be part of my extended family. They piss me off, they make me laugh and on more than one occasion, they've gotten me drunk. I exchange emails with people from all over the world. I have "friends" that I'll probably never meet in person.

Yes, I even got laid a couple of times because of my blog.

I've had people threaten to kill me, I've received the most obscene and despicable hate-mail imaginable and I've had people call me all kinds of hurtful names. And I've received marriage proposals, too. That's part of the fun. You never know what in the hell you may find when you open your email.

I blog because I enjoy doing it. It feeds my ever-hungry ego, plain and simple. But I wouldn't trade the people I've met through blogging for anything in this world. Them's some good people. Sometimes, I like the blogosphere better than I like my real life. Spooky thought, isn't it?

That's why I blog. I am a disturbed man.



Thanks, Rob.

I have read your banner more than once (as well as your blog)...I thought there might be more to it than that...and there is, much more.

; )

Posted by: Christina on March 2, 2005 01:06 PM

Yep, I do it because I enjoy it too. I like writing. I like the format. I like the interaction.

Amazingly enough, for me it recently has become a net profit producer to boot., making the "personal expense to do it" part moot.

Posted by: Jay on March 2, 2005 01:22 PM

I will serve my purpose and brag on ya. You are a damn good writter and I am glad you entertain me. Coming yer way soon and will leave a case of Bass on the curb.

Posted by: Tom S on March 2, 2005 02:39 PM

"blogging was fairly new at the time"

The only thing new about blogging is the part commonly left off : WEB-log. People have been using computers to rant, rave, lie, slander, brag, or just tell stories since the time of $500 300-baud modems. Other people were using their computers to lurk.

Here, Fido.

Posted by: Arcs on March 2, 2005 03:52 PM

Arcs, what is your point? Are you trying to tell me that blogging HASN'T changed in the past three years?

If so, bite my ass. You are fucking idiot who doesn't have a clue what he's babbling about.

That's just MY humble opinion, of course.

Posted by: Acidman on March 2, 2005 04:16 PM

WHAT is this world coming to if YOU can
GET LAID because of your blog??

Posted by: BJK on March 2, 2005 11:35 PM

What part of It Ain't New did you not grasp?

I'm not refuting any of your reasons for blogging. Just saying that you ain't riding on the leading edge of something that's going to Change the World.

The leading edge went by WAY before Gut Rumbles. Way before the web.

Posted by: Arcs on March 3, 2005 07:29 AM

I enjoy your comments daily. I guess I'm a sick fuck.

Posted by: Tom on March 3, 2005 08:00 AM
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