still room on the internet

Internet map -- not neurons or ganglionsThe blogosphere is very diverse, and I think there’s a place for everyone who wants to write something. There’s a niche for angry blogs, opinionated blogs … blogs telling me what to write about … or more importantly; what NOT to write about. There’s also space for blogs telling me what kind of life I should lead, in case I didn’t know — that’s the beauty of  the Internet! There are cathartic blogs … people who write from the darkest depths of their souls, sharing very personal experiences. It’s all good! The angry ones get an outlet for their aggressions, the cathartic ones may come across soul mates, and the instructional ones might get a job at WordPress 🙂 ….or … get a Life!

WordPress, Blogger and numerous other platforms are free, it’s a «take it or leave it-thing». Nobody forced us to sign up, we write posts whenever we want to … I chose WordPress mainly because of two things: the community feeling of it, and the software.

I read quite a few blogs, because I want to … not because I have to. As most people know, these days, it’s very hard to keep a reader’s attention up through lengthy blocks of text, so when they get too long and ranty, they might just lose me. That’s alright too, as the web is no different to «real life» … we’re no different people just because we happen to be online, with a keyboard underneath our fingertips.  [By the way, did you know that if you hold down the SHIFT-key, while hitting ENTER/RETURN, you get a new paragraph, in the comments section?]

For more than two years, I’ve been doing this, with some regularity, here on WordPress, without having any kind of theme/niche, and have gathered a very nice bunch of fellow bloggers. Hats off to them! I’m a very lucky blogger, as I’ve happened to meet a whole slough of friendly people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Nevertheless, if I, against all odds, were to give any piece of advice to a brand new blogger, it would be: “Before you hit «follow», read many posts … read the About-page [hopefully there is one], so that you really get the feeling that you will connect on some level, and the go on writing about whatever you want!”

35 Replies to “still room on the internet”

  1. Great advice! The internet is a fabulous place and nnot unlike Las Vegas – choose your choices well or you will see things you may not like!

    1. Yeah, I think the About page is a good thing … I keep changing and updating my own, hoping that it will tell something about me and this blog..

  2. Even though blogging has been around for a long time, I’m still amazed by the idea of it. 🙂 This is an ultimate form of expression and freedom of speech.

    1. Yes, the first time I, personally, came across the concept, must have been either -99 or 2000. That was LiveJournal.

      I think it’s great …and it’s still strong.

  3. Thanks Rebekah, A very interesting post with a lot of great advice: ) I usually try to find out “About” an author right away if I’m piqued by their writing, but sadly not everyone has that information available and you may have to dig a little deeper (even just scanning their category list is helpful).
    100+ subscriptions… Really? Wow, that’s a massive amount of posts to sort through!
    I LOVE the idea of “joining hands” around the world, with limitless opportunities for learning and sharing knowledge… Even after all of these years, the concept still seems truly awesome!

    1. Hi Deb 🙂
      Now that I’ve been doing this for quite a while, I realise the importance of the About page.

      Don’t know if they were 100+ … I may have exaggerated a little, but they were many! It started with that Post-A-Day thing in 2011, and I guess I became very enthusiastic about that, so I subscribed right and left. That didn’t work … it became worse than a full time job, and no fun either. If you had had one, I’d subscribed to that, that’s for sure 😀

      1. Thank you my friend, hold that thought! Rest assured, as soon as I (finally) get started, you’ll be on the notification list: )

    1. Hej Gerda 🙂
      I’m not sure … whether you mean that image of the Internet?! That’s a Wikipedia picture. I don’t know where Picture Perfect is…

  4. Great advice, Rebekah, especially about having an About page (and keeping it up to date), because it’s the first place I go when my I come across a new blog that sparks my interest. So many people don’t have one.

    1. Yes, there have been times I’ve read blogs and never been able to determine even if they’re male or female. Not that it really matters, if the content is interesting to me, but still … guess sometimes I get curious about the person behind the writings.

  5. Funny about that, Rebekah. I follow a number of blogs (probably no more than 25, though) of whom a lot are now cherished Internet friends. Of all those blogs, there’s only ONE (1) where I can’t figure it if they’re male or female. As you say, it doesn’t really matter. But I too get curious—–
    EEEEEK! I just counted the blogs, there are FIFTY (50), although I won’t say I read them all with the same regularity or attentiveness. I think it’s time for some pruning!

    1. Yes, it’s funny … one time, I’d read and read — with great interest, I might add … convinced it was a man. Or … I didn’t really think, I just took it for granted somehow?! After some time, I saw a comment — someone who really knew the blogger, and addressed her as Beth. I got very surprised and I still remember it. It wasn’t a blog I was subscribed to.

      In the beginning I had to do a lot of pruning, obviously. I’ve made mistakes later too … when I’ve realised after a while that we have absolutely nothing to say to each other.

  6. Hi Rebekah! As you know I’m fairly new to blogging and have learned so much from you. I realized a short time ago that I followed way too many blogs, but I feel guilty “unfollowing” Do you think they notice?

    1. Janine,
      I’m glad I met you in that forum! It’s not all that common to feel some kind of connection 🙂

      I’ve felt guilty many times about unfollowing,but I’ve reasoned it’s more honest to do that, instead of trying to make up something to say all the time. If you haven’t interacted with them, I doubt they will notice.

      1. I’m glad I met you too…I feel so lucky because I was a brand new blogger and had no commenters until you. Even now, a month or so later, you’re the person I most communicate with. And it’s so much FUN. In that forum people were asking for others to look at their blogs, but I didn’t really feel comfortable doing that, but you found me and reached out and I am forever grateful for that. And I am amazed at how much we have in common. It was truly meant to be.

  7. Hi Rebby: i agree that there is lots of room left in the blogging world for all. I prefer WP because there is a community feeling & I have friends from 17 different countries now!!! I love reading of the animal exploits & visiting people!!! Without the Internet we’d never know 99% of the people we do know!!! I LOVE that I have made friends over the years on blog sites & found support & understanding & like minded people (cat crazy!!)
    Now if only I could find more time to read more blogs 😉
    Have a good weekend & give McDuff Love from his #1 admirerer….
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

  8. did you change themes again? I liked the other one better. this one makes you look too much like many other bloggers. Don’t you just love followers that become opinionated. hee hee.

    1. LOL Yes, I do … and it’s funny because I was just sitting here, thinking I should change back. This is brand new, and it seemed cool at first … a lot of features and functions, but it turned out I didn’t understand them so it just looks dull..

  9. Wise words Reebekah. I don’t ask for much out of the internet, just a good read and this was a good read. Thanks for your visits and your generous comments.

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