Awww, it's not true that I don't care if people read the blog. Really.
Like every other new blogger I'm sure, I get all excited when I get comments. I feel really touched when I find that someone's added me to their link list. It makes me feel good to have a dialogue with other bloggers. That's why I'm here in blogsphere.
I look at my site counter and wonder, who are you? I've had someone from the United Arab Emirites drop in. English, Finnish, French, Indian, a couple of Bulgarians (hey, I know you're Americans in disguise!) Malaysian, Scottish, German, South African, Swedish, Belgian, Dutch, loads from the usa and a few from Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and of course the occasional Aussie. And more that I can't remember.
Who are you all? I think I've matched up a few bloggers and worked out what city they live in. But that tells me nothing really.
I wonder when I read blogs, who is real and who is false. I read your blogs and wonder what accent you have. I still think in an Australian accent when I read, and it's hard for me to think in an American accent when I read American blogs. I'm sure the voice in your head when you read mine makes my accent like yours too. Do we hear each other more clearly without the accent creating a veil of assumptions?
Like anything in the world, the internet can be used in harmful ways. But the blogsphere I've stumbled into is full of support, encouragement and a kind of caring affection. There really is a kind of community on the web, and its interactions fascinate me as much as the interactions of any other group of people.
Why is there so much positive connection on the web? I think it's partly because we only interact as much as we choose to, and there is no commitment. You can say really nice things to people and they won't expect to come round to your house and be your friend.
And I think that many people are blogging to say what thet feel they can't say or have no avenue to say in their lives. And we all have those secret things inside us, which are easier to say anonymously.
I'm sure some people invent characters on the web. I don't really care. The interactions are still thought provoking just like any fiction can be. Some people I'm sure are being genuine about who they are. If I'm wrong, then I applaude your writing skills.
The internet is another avenue to connect with each other and understand each other better. I feel awed that people all over the world can read what I write, and that I get feedback. I'm glad I can reach out to people from all over the world and touch them through their blogs. I'm still full of wonder for this medium, so new to me.
I am particularly in awe of Iranian bloggers. Apparently nearly a quarter of all blogs are written by Iranians. Or some such crazy amount. Iranians have almost no avenue either culturally or politically to speak their minds. They are forced to keep their thoughts inside by the law and the society around them. But like all of us, they have secret thoughts they long to say, therefore the blogging explosion. They have support in the blog world, as the government is not really happy about Iranians blogging. Their support outside Iran helps keep their only avenue of free speech alive.
If you only ever check out one link from my link list, please please let it be Iranian Girl. She speaks for herself.