Why Blogging Still Matters And Why Comments Are Important

It was in September of 2006 that I started blogging here at Lockergnome and I must admit that it has been a great experience. But what makes any blog worthwhile is having the ability to share one’s thoughts and experiences with people from all over the world and to read their comments. It is the readers’ comments that I believe makes blogging worth the effort.

A few days ago I read this from one blogger that says it best:

I’m incredibly privileged and fortunate. I can put a post up on my blog and some number of people who are smart and thoughtful will take it seriously and respond. That’s unbelievable. That’s the greatest thing in the world.

If I spend an hour writing a couple hundred words about a really interesting challenge that we face as an industry, as a society, as a culture, sometimes I’ll get the person that I’m writing about to respond. I could write something about Twitter and get somebody that works at Twitter to respond, or write something about government and get someone who makes policy to respond. That’s still a thrill. It also kicks off really meaningful conversations. I think that’s all you can hope for.

That was the promise we had when we all first discovered the web. Someday it would bring us all together and we’d be able to have these conversations. It’s not perfect. It’s not ideal. But in some small way here’s somebody like me — with no portfolio, I didn’t go to an Ivy League school, I didn’t have any fancy social connections when I started my blog — and it has opened the door to me having a conversation as a peer, as somebody taken seriously, in realms that I would have never otherwise had access to. That’s the greatest privilege in the world.

I could not have said it any better. It is an honor and a privilege to come into a reader’s life and to listen to what they have to say.

Thanks to all of you who stop by and take the time to share your opinion.

Comments welcome.

Source – O’Reilly Radar

PS My wife is doing better and hopefully will be coming home soon.