Of Free Expression – Blogging, Tweeting and Lilling!

My writers block and Vipin’s remark has gotten me into thinking – about the zillions of tips going around for effective blogging and gaining audience etc. In the west, blogging seems more of a profession where there are experts and there are novices and there are newbies, trying to learn.

All wonderful, in the direction of creating high quality content on the web.

Whatever happened to a casual blogger, who just has a little bit of his life to share, that would be of some interest to his friends, and of little interest to the world.. Does he end up feeling intimidated by the ‘expectation bit?’ – If you blog, you must do this, this and this.

I’d thought microblogging was a freer, but there again, the ‘usefulness’ of your tweets seems to govern the number and kind of followers you’d have.

Then I read about this 80-20 rule at The Church of the Customer, according to which you’re supposed to write 80% other centric posts, and slip in 20% self centric. The global audience isn’t interested in your life’s mundanities!

What’s with the quest of having the wittiest status message, can’t I just write what’s really happening in my life? That’s too boring you’d say! Perhaps that’s how life is, for a lot of us!

The fundamentals of this entire thing started from the ego boost that you get out of winning a follower/admirer/commenter who looks upon you to build his opinions. However, a majority of people, outside that circle of powerful bloggers, are just average people. They aren’t early adopters. They don’t try to discover new information early and pass it to their followers, to improve loyalty! They just live average lives that may not everyday be the most exciting.

Should that mean, blogging is not really for them? They should confine themselves to reading, and if they can comment, good enough. Any attempts at expression – will bring statistics in their face, the pressure to perform, or dishearten them with the lack of readers! I’d read somewhere, that blogging, really is standing on a stage, performing, and hoping there’d be an audience – Thanks to the internet, the geographic limitations have broken down, and now the quest for an audience takes you places, makes you do things.

Lots of people have stage fright – they can’t speak a word if they’re on stage. Is that what happens to me when I’m on wordpress and twitter? Perhaps!

Blogging, as the norms like it, may not be for me after all. My motivation for expressing, comes really from untangling the complex thoughts going in my head and letting it out. For years, I’ve written into a private diary, in conversations with myself, or an imaginary self that would some day be important enough for me to show my diary to them. And now I’m on LiL.

For whatever reason, LiL seems to give me that comfortable space. It’s like being with a few friends and talking about what’s happening in my life – personally and professionally, or sometimes just ranting about the little joys and frustrations that make an average day in my life.

So Now I wonder, whether the introduction of the Footprints and Treasures would again begin a race of some kind that we don’t want? People would write to be treasured and start counting their footprints.

Think we’ll hide away the cumulative stats for a while, to see how people take to it to begin with.

And while I’ve been writing in this tiny box at LiL, this no more a moment, but a rant.. and now seems like it can go to my blog!

And as soon as I pasted it into my blog, I feel this urge to edit and organize my thoughts – lest they seem like a rant. To make relevant links, highlights and make the whole thing crisper!

God save me. What’s with this urge of breaking rules all the time! Shall end up an outlier that no one bothered to listen to, because he didn’t follow the rules of speaking!