When I started this blog back in March, I really had no idea what to expect. I imagined that it would involve me writing my thoughts, hitting “publish”, and catapulting them into the ether where they would float around whatever the internet is. Are my thoughts tightly crammed in fiber-optic cables trying to not bump into someone else’s thoughts like they’re on a New York subway? Or is there a grand universe for our thoughts or are they “flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup?” Wherever they are, they found readers.
It’s the readers that I didn’t really contemplate as I began my blogging journey, mostly becuase I wasn’t sure if I’d have any. I wrote for “a” reader, meaning that I wanted everything I wrote to have a point; it couldn’t be “just because”. Each post had (as still has) to be a unit with a beginning, middle, and end, so whoever reads it would get a complete story or at least a reflection. This was my M.O. for a while until something odd happened: people started to follow me and I had regular readers. My random unspecified reader turned into an audience– an audience that I could get to know. I read their blogs, hit their follow buttons, and commented on their posts. Before I knew it, I was transported into different worlds: India, Pakistan, Ireland, Spain, England, Australia, Canada, Arizona, and even to different parts of my neck of the woods. I learned about different life experiences and ways of thinking, and found a whole troupe of funny, talented, intelligent writers. Everyone has a story to tell.
Two things happened that I didn’t expect from my readers. One is the amount of my non-blogging friends who follow me. Many read my posts through Facebook, and others opted to follow me and have my posts sent to their email. I know that we are all busy and lead hectic lives, and the fact that they make time to read what I write is humbling. My audience is not made up of anonymous faces, but of people who I admire and people who have their own amazing stories to tell. The second thing I didn’t expect was how many of my blogging audience I consider as friends. Even though I’ve never met any of you, I feel that I know you– well at least the “you” you present on your blog. I look out for your posts, eager to hear about what’s going on in your life or what new idea you’re going to discuss. Reading your work is part of my day. I didn’t expect the openness of the blog community, but I am glad I found you. Thank you.
Readers: What aspect of blogging surprised you? How is blogging different from how you thought it would be?