The 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!”