I was thinking the other day about blogging.
I checked out the numbers. Here is what I found, not an exact science it would seem:
Here’s a quote I came across:
Exactly how many blogs there are in the world is difficult to know, but what’s clear is that blogs online number in the hundreds of millions. The total number of blogs on Tumblr, Squarespace, and WordPress alone equals over 440 million. In actuality, the total number of blogs in the world likely greatly exceeds this number.
Also someone suggested the following:
Tumbler = 440 billion blogs
Blogging has been on the go for quite some time. And I hear a scriptural injunction amidst the fact, that there are so many:
…There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.
This is part of a particular context of course, but nevertheless it is a statement in itself.
All speech is significant. All languages are necessary. Most subjects have some value. All blogs have something to say.
Stripping it back even further – everyone wants to communicate to their fellow man.
So much so that there are hundreds of millions who want to do so.
I find this interesting/intriguing. And ask myself why I too wish to blog post?
Can we say – we are just made that way (?).
We can’t help it – as it were.
I write poetry because ‘I can’t help it’. I paint pictures because ‘I can’t help it’. I want to communicate because that’s how I [and all of us (?)] are made.
Communication is like breathing, – necessary, and it’s absence is deadly.
Even reclusive-type humans – communicate with themselves. We can’t switch our brains off, and stay alive.
I stop and think this over again.
In another way it is quite inexplicable.
How many really know why they must write their posts? Why do you do it?
I guess there are many reasons.
Do we seek the agreement of others? Do we hope to gain financially? Are we commissioned to pass on our message? Are we looking for admiration? Are we trying to help others? Do we want to be part of a ‘mutual appreciation’ society? Do we think we are geniuses and the world needs our contribution? Are we lonely and want responses? Are we compelled to promote something – some cause, some belief? Are we enthused about a hobby and seek other members for the club?
Such questions must also be coupled with what we hope to achieve, and that starts another round of questions, about what it is we are trying to accomplish.
Usually what I’ve just written, should end with a personal view or conclusion, in which I share my own reasons for blogging.
But maybe that’s too boring?
And maybe I’m in for a silent admonition from 440+ million – “don’t overthink things”.