Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Why we write
Maybe it's just me.
I've noticed a slight dip in readership and commenting in the last couple weeks or so. I don't know whether the entire blogosphere has hit a lull, or if it's just my blog. I admit, my desire to blog has slightly dipped in the last few days due to the fact that finals week is almost here.
But finals or not, I can't resist churning out a post or two each day. At the least, it helps me relax.
But like I said, maybe it's just me.
It always disappoints me a little bit to not get a comment or two on my posts. I put a good deal of time into each one, and I try to make them relatable. But it's nothing major. After all, it would take a lot more than that to stop me from blogging.
I'm sure we all like to get comments on our posts. Our blogs don't revolve around them, but they sure are fun to read. I love checking my email and seeing that I have a new comment waiting for me on one of my posts.
Anyways, after noticing I've been on a bit of a cold streak with comments on my posts, I asked myself a question that I'm sure we've all asked ourselves at one point or another.
Why do we write? I mean, blogging isn't a biological need or anything.
While it may not be a physical necessity, I've found that I really do need to blog on at least a semi-regular basis. It's become an emotional need, something to do with my free time besides sitting on the couch and going through the channels for the fiftieth time. (On a quick side note, I've found that it also helps polish my writing skills, since I didn't take an English class this semester for the first time in my school career. Another great, yet unexpected, benefit of blogging.)
It would pain me to be without blogging for more than a few days or so, a week at the most. I'm sure a lot of other bloggers feel the same way.
We all have our specific reasons for blogging on a fairly regular basis.
For one thing, I love sharing the "hidden gems" that make dime boxes so great. I love sharing the history behind each card I post, whether it's the history of how I obtained it, or simply the history of the player featured on the card. I love looking at baseball cards at a slightly different perspective than I did before, which is what blogging has forced me to do.
Just think, that Steve Kline card could have been lost forever within the dime box depths. But luckily I found it and gave it a good home. Now, it's across the entire internet for everyone to see.
It beats having it sit in some guy's garage for who knows how long.
A lot of our motivation to blog seems so different. But yet, the basis for all our blogs is the same.
We all love baseball cards. (Or football, basketball, or hockey cards, if that's your thing.)
We still get a kick out of those simple-looking rectangular pieces of cardboard. I'm sure some of the bloggers out there have collected for twice as long as I've been collecting. Yet we all still love the hobby through the good and bad, no matter where it takes us.
That's why we write.