I enjoy the comment threads I get on my posts on Facebook. It is these sort of interactions that attracted me to the social web in the first place. Interestingly I get much less response on LinkedIn and Twitter despite the fact that I am connected to many more people on those two platforms. And my blog is the place where I get least response as the numbers of people using RSS aggregators has diminished over the years.
But of all them, it is my blog that I will keep going. It is there that I have been thinking out loud for coming up seventeen years. It is that that I think of as my outboard brain. I have often said that my posts are thinly disguised "memos to self" and there's value in that even if no one is reading them.
If any of you are considering blogging and worrying if anyone would read you, or if you are already blogging and dispirited at the lack of response, keep going. It's worth it. Even if no one else is listening – you are!
6 thoughts on “The sound of silence”
I’m listening! Im surprised you stay on FB given its corporate behaviour . I came off last year. I do miss the connectivity with family and friends but I just couldn’t stomach being product for Zuckerberg any more. Re blogs I have found that LinkedIn is the place where I get much much more traction than anywhere else. Fancy a catch up coffee? email@example.com
I share the discomfort but keep my “product“ to minimum. I don’t use Facebook while logged into my browser and pretty much all they know about me it’s what happens on Facebook.
Coffee sounds good, email me when works for you.
Never stop posting here, Euan … it’s “your” space, not subject to the whims of some Silicon Valley billionaire and their productisation of you. By all means syndicate widely, and take responses wherever you get them, but anchor them here.When are you back in Adelaide? A catch-up coffee sounds good … 🙂
Thanks Ric. I look like being in Australia again this year but sadly not Adelaide.
So are we, Euan. And it is easy enough for most blog platforms to at least re-post a link to the other places. I assume that you are simply doing cut-and-paste between platforms, once you write something. (Coming to the States again in the new year?)
I tend to cut and paste after someone pointed out that linking was forcing people to move rather than read where they were.
Might be back in November but not definite yet.