The One Way Nature Of Blogs

There’s a woman who reads this blog regularly who I went to high school with 30 years ago. We were two of the "smart kids" in our grade. We took the same classes and had a pretty similar experience in high school (it sucked). Both of us went on to really great schools, blossomed, and have gone on to leave fulfilling adult lives.

She emailed me yesterday about a small problem she had with my Donors Choose Bloggers Challenge (reminder, I still need some help getting to $25k). We traded a few emails and in one of them she said:

That’s one of the great things (or maybe not) about blogging.  I haven’t
seen you in almost 30 years, but I am fairly up to date on your business
and family etc…  Of course, you know nothing about mine so it’s pretty
one sided.

It’s true. She knows a ton about what I’ve been up to and I don’t anything about what she’s been up to. I asked her if she blogged. She doesn’t and then sent me a two paragraph email update which I read with interest. Her point was she’s got nothing to blog about. That’s for her to decide, but I am not so sure.

I read blogs all the time from people who leavehave lives that many would say are not worthy of blogging about. They are some of the best blogs I read. It’s not so much about what you do, it’s about what you think and how you share those thoughts with everyone else.

But until everyone has a blog, this medium is still going to be pretty one way (me talking to you). That’s why I love comments so much. I want every commenter in the entire blog world to have a single page where all of their comments are captured. Then they’ll all have a blog that I can subscribe to. And it won’t be one way any more.