A little over a week ago, Exilehero posted an article questioning what reasons bloggers have for blogging. I don’t think I’ve covered this topic before so here’s a summary of my reasons for blogging.
I started Nopy’s Blog back in August of 2008 with a simple post titled “Hello world!” Little did I know that this blog I started would still be around 3.5 years later. So what made me decide to start a blog in the first place? To understand that, lets take a journey into my past, to 2005, the year I graduated from high school.
Back then, I was a regular member of the school’s anime club and all of my friends were in it. We would watch anime and argue over which series or character was better, which I really enjoyed. It all started to change when we got our high school diplomas and moved onto university. As the years passed, my friends seemed to take less of an interest in anime and moved on to other things such as complaining about life, becoming doctors, or trying to change the world. By 2008, I was the only one from my high school anime club that still watched anime regularly and it was clear that my friends weren’t interested in what I had to say about it. I looked for alternatives and found my university’s anime club. They scared me with their eccentric personalities so I slipped away before anyone noticed.
With nowhere else to turn, I decided to take up blogging thinking that there has to be at least 1 person out there that would listen to what I have to say (or I guess read what I have to write). In my first week of blogging, I got 3 views and was elated to see people reading my writing. I was even happier to see that one of those 3 viewers left the first comment on my blog, a mere 3 days after it was created. I imagine this is akin to the first cigarette that smokers experience. Once I had gotten some attention from a few people, I wanted more. I decided to continue blogging for a month just to see how many people I could reach, then it ended up being a year, then 2 years, and you know the rest. You could say that I had become addicted to attention, or as Exilehero would argue, attention whoring.
I won’t deny it, I am doing this for the attention. Where else besides the internet would I be able to discuss the meanings behind the symbols in Mawaru Penguindrum or argue how Okabe Rintarou has all the characteristics of a schizophrenic without being treated like a weirdo? There are a few other reasons for continuing to blog, including meeting people with the same interests, making a little money to pay for some Megami purchases, and simply having something to do, but I would say that attention is the driving force behind it and Exilehero was spot on with his conclusions.
If any other bloggers have some more reasons to add, feel free to share.
(In case you were wondering, yes, I did choose these images to grab your attention.)