Let’s Read Blogs!
I have had a phrase banging around in my head most of today – bloggers don’t read blogs anymore. It’s sad but true. A lot of people are so busy building their brand, promoting themselves and doing side projects and reading blogs often fall by the wayside. How often do you see a tweet about taking the nuclear option on a blog reader because it got out of hand? Too often, I say. A tiny part of me dies when I see it.
I’ve taken my fair share of writing classes (not that you can tell from my blog… jeesh) and a common maxim through almost all of them was “writers read daily.” That’s how you grow, learn, stretch, admire. I just don’t see the same thing in blogging. Now, I get that not all bloggers are writer-bloggers, but they should still feel like they are offering something, no? Either information, opinion or a story.
Not to toot my own horn, but I read a lot of blogs. Not a ton, but plenty. I have 200+ blogs in my reader, fewer than 20 daily posters, and I get that sucker down to zero almost every single night. I skim a lot. Some I have in there for eye candy or links or life updates and those don’t take very much time to read.
Do I process and retain it all? Probably not, but there are so many posts that I am happy I have read and even still think of. That’s the mark of a good post I think. Every single time my plastic wrap gets stuck, I think of Amalah. Mandy’s sour patch kids post pops in my head more days than I like to admit. I think Suzanne’s post about other people’s children will be one I think of often, too. And I don’t think I will ever look at a massage table the same way again. And Jollibee. That post was in 2006 and I still remember it.
So. Blogs. I like them. I am not trying to shame anyone in to reading blogs, just maybe remind people they are awesome and fun to read. Words are good. So, this June (birthday month! It’s very. very important) I am going to make an effort to seek out new blogs. I would love for you to do the same. I did round up posts a long time ago, but maybe I thought I would give it another go for June if people share something good.
Send me good posts. Links you love. Something that caught your eye. Old. New. Any genre. Send it to me by email, leave it in the comments. Post links to facebook! Tweet me! Whatever floats your boat. Go out and find something new and show me. The words are out there.
Let’s all read blogs again!