Imitation is Flattery. Or Something.Posted: February 19, 2010
I read SO MANY BLOGS. I went on vacation last week and when I came back my Google reader was so choked that my eyes rolled back in my head and I just hit “mark all as read” and then went to my bookmarks so I that I could read each one slowly and not feel overwhelmed. I don’t like to skim, either, so I know that would have happened had I just tried to whittle down the ol’ reader.
In realizing the sheer volume of words out there on the internet, I realized that it’s nearly impossible to not be influenced by all the other writers out there. Not necessarily the topics (I can talk about baby poop – inthetubbleccchhhh- and parenting just as anyone else can) but in the way they’re written. I do things that many bloggers do (write in caps to make a point – ex: the very first sentence of this post) and I’m not sure when I started doing that. I do it in emails, on Twitter, and sometimes when I talk I can picture what’s being said IN CAPS. Hm.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this exactly, but I read so many blogs and saw so many great women creating meaningful online dialogues with others that I wanted to join in. Is that weird? Is it weird to want to connect with people I don’t know in real life and probably won’t meet? If you blog, why do you blog?