In order to keep this Post within my self-imposed 1000 word maximum limit, I am not going into all the reasons why I started blogging. I am, however, going to cover a number of areas that make me very happy about it!
I have recently had a significant influx of new Followers, a large proportion of which are new bloggers and probably just trying to attract attention to their Blog, but any of you that returned here will hopefully be inspired a little to stay with blogging and see just what it does for you!
Obviously it is always a pleasure to get new Followers after all, if we wanted total privacy from the world, we would not be blogging would we! However, I always keep in mind that whereas WP is excited to tell you about your new Followers, it does not tell you about any Unfollowers, so that data is very misleading. Even the number of Visitors has questionable value, because some may arrive at your Blog by accident!What does have meaning, are the number of Likes and, more importantly by far, the number of people who Comment.
My Blog is an opportunity to share me and my world, with anybody who wants to do likewise. That, by natural extension puts a heavy emphasis on dialogue and, one of my pleasures every day is to Comment on other people’s Blogs as well as responding to Comments on my Blog. This is all pretty obvious, I am sure, to even novice bloggers however, there are “spin-off” pleasures which may not be so obvious.
Given that my “audience” is all around the world, my chances of meeting a fellow blogger are possible, although unlikely. This coming August, there is an excellent chance that I will meet not only a fellow blogger, but also their family! That is so exciting!
I have also had the considerable honor of being invited into an email dialogue by a few of my Followers, with the view to discussing issues outside of their Blog.
The driving force behind this Post however, is the unexpected email from a blogger who just wants to share some news!
As many of you know, I am usually up around 5:00am every morning, and spend the next 3 hours creating railway routes for a train simulator company. However, before I start, I always just check my emails for anything trainsim related, or perhaps a message from family.
This morning, there was an email from a fellow Blogger. This individual has had a number of unfortunate life experiences which have accumulated into a challenging lifestyle with limited options to improve matters. The email this morning was simply to tell me that they had (earlier) been offered a job, and was loving it! Can you imagine my pleasure of knowing that somebody, for whatever reason, wanted to tell me that their job was working out really well?
This has happened a few times (but not that many!), where an individual has extended the blogging relationship to just outside the realm of blogging. There are now a number of special people around the world who make me smile whenever I see their name in the Sender column of my InBox!
To you who dropped an email in my Inbox last night, I will of course be replying, but I should at least thank you here and now. It was a lovely surprise, and your news made it even lovelier!
Why Blog? I am rather hoping that it is now a redundant question! Just thinking!