Lately I've been pondering the human penchant for taking anything fun (exercise, reading, blogging) and attaching scores and policies to it. I like making lists and measuring things but isn't there a place for pure enjoyment too?
I started blogging in December and was bemused to google blogging shortly after I started and read very serious dictates on how I should be doing this. Like William Hung on American Idol, "I have had no professional training of" blogging. This isn't a business venture. I want to find great blogs to read (check!) and share my thoughts in a community that responds. All these "readership strategies" feel really forced and fake.
Which brings me to my rant (boy I'm bitchy this week!). I love giving and getting comments...the real ones. But this copy and paste "follow me I'll follow you" bullshit has got to go. I wish there was some way to hang a "no soliciting" sign on my blog (actually maybe I should make a badge for this). It's incredibly rude and I just can't stand it anymore. The people-pleasing side of me feels terrible about this, but I'm going to start deleting these comments when I get them.
I don't understand it. I want readers, people who are genuinely interested/ entertained/provoked by my writing and share their responses with me. Why would you want a list of people on your sidebar who have no interest in you and never actually read your blog, and just put their name on your list so you'll put your name on their list? Bizarre.
So to those who regularly read and comment, thank you! Sometimes I'm slow at replying, but I read and appreciate every comment - your responses make my day :) You rock!