When I started keeping a personal, family-oriented blog over two years ago, I noticed something interesting.
Some family members and some friends regularly checked in on my blog posts and looked at my family pictures. Others didn't.
How could I tell? Well,I'm sure that many of you know about the site called Sitemeter. It counts your site visitors, and it also registers their geographical location much of the time.
As a result, I could usually tell the identity of the readers of my family blog, because I have friends and family all over the country. If there were no hits from a certain city or state, I knew that friends and family in that area were not reading my blog or keeping up with our family activities through our photos.
With this professional blog, it's a little different. I try to keep it personal as well, but it's not centered on my family. Consequently, I would not expect family members to be interested, necessarily. No one should be forced to read a blog out of duty!
That being said, I do want to ask you what you think when friends or family do not read your blog, if your blog has any personal content. Do you find that significant?
Here's why I found it strange, back when I was keeping only the private family and friends blog.
I am truly interested in other people, what they think, and what they say. If I know someone in my real life and I discover that person keeps a blog, you can BET I am going to look it up. The only blogs I avoid are ones that I think might cause hard feelings between me and my friends. For example, if someone keeps a political blog or states opinions that are frequently noxious to me, I might avoid the blog out of a desire to preserve harmony and love in our relationship. Likewise, I would expect friends who were bothered by anything on my blog--for example, nonbelievers who don't want to hear me talk about my faith--to also have the freedom to say "no thanks." (I also have friends with whom I can disagree about important issues, and sometimes we have conversations behind the scenes about posts on my blog.)
I'm not perfect about keeping up with everyone's blog. Every now and then I forget to add one to my blog roll, and then it's easy to forget it's there. (I just remembered one with guilt!) But I always enjoy reading them.
So it does mystify me that some people do not seem interested in finding out what their friends and family members are thinking. Finding out what people are thinking is one of the great pleasures of my life!
So, what do you think?