What’s the strangest thing someone has said to you after you’ve told them you blog? Now that I’m a real live blogger (thank you ActiveRain) I tell most EVERYONE I meet that I blog on the ActiveRain site. For some odd-Dr. Phil-kind-of-reason, I feel compelled to “share the love” with others by expressing my personal viewpoint on the benefits of ActiveRain and blogging. Let’s just say -- not everyone embraces my viewpoint. Consequently, I have been on the receiving end of some interesting responses.
I attend a lot of networking events. And, through the course of networking, it’s only natural to share what you do and where you do it. It's been no great newsflash to discover that not everyone blogs. Not uncommon at all. In my former life, I didn’t blog either. Most non-bloggers typically say “I have nothing to write about” or “I don’t know how to write” or “I don’t have time to write.” Yet, most non-bloggers I meet grasp the concept of blogging, and they understand the theory behind the benefits of blogging. It just seems that the fear of "jumping in" is too overwhelming. Believe me, I know -- I've been there. But, then there are exceptions to the rule.
Recently, I was attempting to enlighten a couple of acquaintances on the benefits of ActiveRain and blogging. I failed miserably. One actually seemed a little perturbed -- even reacting rather harshly as if I was trying to sell him a life insurance policy. The other didn’t comprehend the perks of ActiveRain membership or blogging either. Instead, I heard that puzzling response: "You’re a blogger? Wow, you must really need somebody to talk to!” Well, that's okay ... to know ActiveRain is to love ActiveRain.
I guess I never realized that blogging could potentially be a hot button issue. Bloggers have reasons for why they blog. Non-bloggers have reasons for why they don’t. Blogging is not a “One Size Fits All" type of thing. Blogging was neither easy nor painless when I first started. In fact, I practically needed someone to pry my white knuckles off the “blogging ledge.” But, I’ve always been the type of person who is open to new ideas -- particularly new practices as they relate to personal and professional growth, and anything which will help me maximize and live up to my full potential. Everybody's different.
As Samuel Goldwyn once said "If I want your opinion -- I'll give it to you." Okay, okay, I got the hint. But, gee whiz ... I was only trying to help!