A short while ago, I read this post entitled If you’re a blogger than you’re just a show-off and my reaction was huh? As is my wont, that suggestion has been percolating away quietly in my brain until this morning, when I linked it to my mental description of a Twitter person I follow as “attention seeking”.
Despite being a horribly judgemental thing to feel, I felt justified – even able to offer multiple examples to back-up my view. Until, that is, I tied my feelings to the view expressed by this blogger’s acquaintance when they said “I don’t have a blog because I’m not a show off”. Then the only thing I could think of was perhaps the fact that I blog could be construed as an attention seeking act. Ouch!
Now, in my experience bloggers are people who are seeking interaction with other people. There’s generally a bit of ‘finding your tribe’ about the whole blogging process, in that readers aren’t attracted to all blogs, and blog writers don’t want to attract all readers. So, clearly needing to understand the difference between seeking interaction and attention seeking, I headed to the good old dictionary in order to maintain a proper distance while seeking clarification. As is often the case, there are slight variations in how the definition applies, so I’ve included not only the obviously relevant, but an extra one which seemed to add extra illumination.
1. Communication or direct involvement with someone or something.
2. A kind of action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. The idea of a two-way effect is essential in the concept of interaction, as opposed to a one-way causal effect.
1. Notice taken of someone or something.
2. The regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.
There are blogs on all manner of subjects, bloggers across the whole spectrum of beliefs, backgrounds, writing styles, opinions and methods of engagement – but – in the mean – the key part has always appeared to me to be the desire for there to be two-way communication. Obviously I still need to up my kindness and downgrade my judgemental nature, but I think I’m a tiny bit reassured.
What say you my fellow bloggers – could there be some truth to the accusation that blogging is showing off or an attention seeking act?
© Debra Carey, 2022