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Thursday, July 29, 2010

On People's Choices on the Blogosphere

When we undertake to write blogs we automatically assume that we are going to be followed by the world, the blog world.

Not so, untold variables come into the mix when people decide whether to follow, or not, this blog for instance.

There are as many different people out there as there are stars, as there are galaxies. In that case, we thank Heavens for diversity. Therein lies the rub. For peope tend to follow sites that resonate with their present state of mind. Present? Yes, people change.

In that blog-bag, we have people that come from extremely repressive countries and they cannot simply write a blog freely as we do with so much freedom of speech. We can basically say anything we want if we follow rules of good sense, naturally. We will not slander or be accused of libel for we know there are consequences. Lawyers will suck us dry so we bite the bullet.

Other blogs, we have come to learn, are ephebophilic, or put simply, geared towards the admiration (or love) of young men and those are extremely popular. We hazard a guess: some of us live in repressive socio-political systems and we tend to vent by devoting our attention to phallocentric matters. Are we to blame? Surely, from the classical Greek philosophers and literature onwards.

Have you read Homer's  The Iliad or Virgil's  The Aeneid?  A veritable who’s who of the perfect male. A queen, Dido, stabs self and then throws self into the flames and out existence all for the love of an übermensch - Aeneas. The flesh is weak. Speaking  of queens...

Others, we are sure you will agree, are just plain pornographic. Devoted to the sex act pure and simply. So banal. Again, people have different motives. We are not here to cast judgement. You always have the option of following one such blog anonymously.

And yet others, we will notice, are people writing of their emotional aches and pains and their not so glowing existence. Join the club. We were not handed a guarantee that this was going to be a bowl of cherries when we came into this world. Some take it majestically, and others fare poorly. That is where their “rambling” and “ranting” come from.

In another extreme, we have those blogs devoted to fundamentalist Christianity (and others!) and anything short of Christlike (or other!) is unacceptable. They fail, however, to notice that Christ Himself (us in the West) never said a word against what most of us take for granted. Again, if it rocks their boat, who are we to judge?

Others are so sweet in nature we feel emotional about. Those with wildlife photos. Those with plants and trees. There is beauty everywhere and some, armed with their cameras, take full advantage of it.

If you are wondering why the blogosphere is passing you by, try and think of the above and see in which group you fit in. That way, you won’t be left scratching your head and wondering at other people’s motives for choosing you – or not - or that blog you find unswallowable.


  1. I liked this post. I started my blog just to keep me busy while I was unemployed. I found out that people were interested in my writing and wanted to read more. I am happy I started my blog. I want other bloggers to embrace the medium but also to blog responsibly...

  2. Sometimes the point of blogging might change over time. What starts for one purpose morphs and becomes something else: Starts as a pronographic blog to become more cathartic.

  3. Good post, Mauro. I started other blogs before, but I'd leave them aside or restart them until finally my intent and focus morphed into what is now my blog. I see it somewhat as a journal of the things that interest me and that I want to show to other people. I do have a few followers that follow me for reasons other than the men, twinks and sex I post, but I would say the majority of my followers are there for my more "Grecian" interests.

  4. Greece is attractive. JP. We cannot blame people. A friend of mine visiting my blog complained that mine was too boring and zoomed into one of those with lots of photos...

    I understand catharsis, Marc..And Corve, I love the diversity and the possibilities we have.

  5. Great Post!..Very insightful and eloquently written.

  6. Great post Mauro...
    some of us think that with the advent of this new way of communicating we can actually be relevant as we are ignored by the very politicians we elect once they get to the legislature.
    I like to do it because I have always believed that one must leave this world a little better place than we found it.

  7. That is reason enough, Raulito...Making the world a better place, and raising consciousness, as we go. Thank you for your comment. Mauro