People in our ‘blogging community’ often wonder why we are seeing an erosion of bloggers. Why readers seem to be down – comments seem to be down – and bloggers seem to be falling off the face of the earth at a more rapid rate than in the past.
Often time Twitter and Tumblr are cited as the reasons for this issue. Those platforms make it too easy – make it so you don’t have to sit down and think of a post to write from start to finish. You can sit down and do quick thoughts throughout a day instead of that post pressure of yore.
But there is another reason overlooked. It is the fact that we start wars with each others – wars of words and blame. We can’t just take the high road on the internet. No, why do that if you have a keyboard and a screen between you and your enemy of the moment.
We read too much into something someone has said or not said. We can’t just ask questions. Nope. We have to assume and attack. That is the preferred battle approach – assume and attack.
And when our attack method is met with a parry back. The response is “Oh, my God, can you believe so-and-so did something so childish??” A great irony given it was a childish act that started the battle. God forbid someone respond in like.
We call each other’s babies ugly and get upset when the person whose baby is under attack responds or does not respond. We don’t ask thoughtful questions in private. Nah, why do that if it can make a blog post.
I have watched assumptions get made and people attack others way too much this past year. The community of support has become a community of mockery and fighting.
Why keep blogging if that is what your fellow bloggers are doing out there? They were once your friends and now your enemies.
Is it any wonder people are ditching it for Twitter or Tumblr?
Tumblr brings forth a new audience of people. You can simply repost or post pictures. Or you can post ditties that may bring your followers to “Love it” or even comment. Instant feedback.
On Twitter, it seems – if you want instant support, you have it. Either way – actually – for things that require legitimate support as well as support for “OMG can you believe he said that” sort of posts. It is funny to me how a platform can be both a high school yard and a bar at the same time.
Regardless of your spiritual belief….love thy neighbor flew the coop a long time ago.
And each time I see karma bite someone in the ass, I also see a person wonder aloud “how could that happen” without really any examination of their own actions.
For 2012, I challenge all the bloggers to rediscover community again. Embrace our differences. Ask for clarification before blasting people. Show the support you got when you started to blog – whether the blogger is new or old. And finally, realize people have different opinions – and that’s OK.