Redefined Reality in the Blogosphere (or, Welcome to my Worm Hole)

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In the few short months since I started this blogging adventure, I think I am ready to draw a few conclusions:

First, definitions: To follow traditionally meant—“to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to;to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey; to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar:  (1)

The expanded version now reads: “When you follow a blog…the new posts from that site will appear in your Reader, where you can view the latest posts published across the blogs you follow. You’ll also receive notifications of new posts by email.” (2)

Lessons I have learned concerning “follows”:

  • When someone “follows” me, it does not necessarily indicate that they are reading my blog, even a little. It simply means they have tapped the “follow” button on their computer (whether intentionally or by accident), probably in the hopes that I will in turn tap the “follow” button on my computer, thus effectively ignoring the majority of their musings as well.
  • Corollary: The number of “followers” does not necessarily indicate the popularity or efficacy of the blog, but may be more an indication of how long and how actively the blogger has been writing.
  • Conclusion: The influence that my writings have on people is not directly related to nor dependent upon the number of “followers” I have.

This last thought I consider to be the most significant and brings me to the potentially discomfiting but extremely important question of “why bother?” :

  • Personally, blogging is an outlet for much needed creativity and expression. I could put it down on paper and store it in notebooks upstairs where they take up space and collect dust (and have), or I could make a much more space-conserving and organized compilation on my laptop and flash drive, which can thus be easily retrieved as needed.
  • Of greater importance is the personhood of God, my Creator and Father. To begin, just as it is hubris for me to believe that people should actually want to read what I write, it is equal self-absorption of another sort to hide my heart and head under a basket.   
  • And to continue on that theme, I do believe He is able to use my writing/blogging/following at whatever level He may deem appropriate—for the furthering of His Kingdom. If He can, as God, create a feast for 5000+ from a few dedicated loaves and fishes, He can also use just one well-placed blog to change a culture should He choose to do so. 
  • Which is the point: it’s about building up His Kingdom, not mine. His glory, not mine.  His plan, and timing, and wisdom…not mine.  

Sour grapes?  I don’t think so, best I can tell.  Raisins, maybe, or wine.  But I don’t think there is any “I don’t want it anyway” mentality in this short treatise.  I do hope it can be a shortcut to curtail someone else’s frustration and discouragement, however.  Blogging, and all the other social media innovations of recent history, have an effective place in communication.  And as concerns any avenue, our communication has extremely important—even eternal—implications.

So I plan to continue to blog, since I doubt if I will ever stop writing in some form or another.  And, at least this way, I won’t give the spiders more places to hide behind the notebooks….

  1. Dictionary.com
  2. WordPress.com
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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

6 thoughts on “Redefined Reality in the Blogosphere (or, Welcome to my Worm Hole)”

  1. It can also take a little while for the right people to find and tap in to a particular part of the blogosphere. I think the more you connect with online communities, the more of a community you’ll gather here. I love what you do here and I find it so deeply refreshing. Even if I’m not always able to comment on every post, the encouragement and love you’re sending out is deeply appreciated and valuable.

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    1. LauraJane!! What a kind thought! Nor would I expect you to read each one! You are so encouraging and yes, I will continue to impose myself on the internet. BTW, your comment about meeting a community is something I have been enjoying–such a great way to connect with people from different walks of life and perspectives!! Thanks again!!

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  2. I didn’t start blogging to have a following, but I did start writing publicly because I wanted to share what God had done/is doing in my life. Maybe to be an encouragement to others. I actually felt like it was something He gave me – to write on a blog as a way to share His story in my life with others. I know what you mean about the number on the side of my page – I don’t have 99 people reading my stuff. Nor am I able to read every post that everyone I follow writes (I do have a handful that I read every time they post; I’m adding you to that list). But I love reading what I can, learning what I can, and having a place for my organized thoughts as opposed to my slightly haphazard journal.
    And I love what I’ve read here on your blog – am excited to read more!

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  3. I’m one of those who clicks the follow button so the posts can appear in my reader 🙂 I find myself short on time a lot, so I follow the blogs I want to read and this way it keeps them all together for me so when I am ready to read, I can. I don’t get to them as often as I want, but I sure enjoy them when I do.

    I didn’t intend to start writing a blog when I started out. It just sorted of happened. When you have that moment where you discover that maybe writing is something you were meant to do…wow, powerful. Having followers is important to me as I am trying to build momentum around increasing awareness, knowledge and acceptance of mental health challenges, but it’s not the deal breaker. I will continue to write because I enjoy it and the interactions and connections I make as a result. Those interactions fuel my passion to keep doing what I do.

    I’m clicking follow and look forward to reading more of your blog!

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