AUDIO VERSION: (Transcript below for those who prefer to read vs listen but may differ slight from the audio version)
I have been asking myself for over 6 years now, whether or not it’s worth it to have a blog. While I am still not 100% certain, I know that as much as I can write and put up, there will always be at least one person, if not more, who will have a gripe against one post or topic and they won’t mince words in letting you know that much even if they’ve not read another word you’ve written or said on anything else you’ve done.
For me, writing is a form of creative expression as well as being a journal. I make no money off of it and spend my time on my blog instead of watching television. To me, it’s a form of creative expression, inspiration and even venting my thoughts in some cases. All of my posts are labelled as “opinion” because that’s what they are in spite of a lot of research into most of my topics.
I’ve written hundreds of posts over these 6 years yet, only a small fraction of them will be read. A lot of them will no longer be read because they are older and perhaps, should come down or be trashed. I may do that once my space runs out because I refuse to pay for more space out of my own pocket. One thing I can be sure of though is that no matter how many positive pieces I write, there will always be those who will zero in on one topic or piece(s) and leave a snarky comment. They will never read or listen to another word that I’ve written or said but, this one topic or piece, I can be assured that they will have a comment for.
It’s kind of humorous in a way. I have to chuckle to myself at some of the comments that I do get. In a sense, they are a window into who is really reading or listening (now that I’ve added audio blogs) and how they are seeing what I’ve written or said. It’s almost as though I’ve personally insulted them when I haven’t found whatever specific topic or person that they have chosen to read about having done an internet search with my blog having come up, positive and have gone on to mention that much.
There are days when I feel that it’s time to get paid for doing this. It’s much like getting “Battle Pay” for the abusive comments that some commenters have left me. Still, there are others where I think about folding it altogether and quitting. Other times, I figure that it’s my outlet and it really doesn’t matter what happens in it. I’ve even thought about closing down commenting altogether.
The one thing that I have come to discover is that what anyone else sees in my blog or doesn’t see, makes no difference. It’s my expression, my living journal and how I personally feel about any given topic that I write about. A lot of them are positive with positive messages but, they hardly ever get commented on while those with a specific person in mind who has many followers or fans, will get the most and more often than not, the most raunchy or negative of comments.
I do have to laugh within myself at those who accuse me of being negative yet go on, in their comments, to be far more negative than I could even dream of being. Kind of ironic, isn’t it?
From my little corner of life to yours, I will likely go on writing simply because I enjoy the process and it’s a hobby for me. Commenters who wish to comment about something that I’ve written in a way that they don’t agree with are as valuable as not commenting at all.
Be well, Love and Light,
Have a great day or evening.