Would you agree, or disagree? When I say this, I am not implying that people who do not have blogs never read, or stumble across a blog. This is obviously not the case, since half of the links on Digg, sites like Lifehacker and Gizmodo, among other things, are blogs. What I am suggesting is that, only people who have blogs, like my blog, read other blogs, like my blog.
Prior to deciding that I wanted to write, I thought that blogs were one of the stupidest things ever. Who wants to read some assholes opinion on things? After getting bored enough one day, I decided that I wanted to write about some things, and I decided that a blog was the right avenue for it. It was at this point that I began to read other blogs.
It wasn’t so much that after having my own blog, my opinion had changed. It was more that I wanted to see other peoples sites, their designs, the topics they wrote on. I wanted to see what other successful bloggers were doing, and how they had become successful. I wanted to comment on other blogs, to promote my own, and read other blogs, to get ideas for my own.
This, I think, might be the case for many bloggers, and blogs. Bloggers read other peoples blogs, write about the topics they find on other peoples blogs, and comment on other peoples blogs. I honestly do not know anyone, who does not have a blog of their own, who makes a habit or reading any particular blog on a regular basis. For me, I know for sure that is the case.
Using an RSS reader for me was almost impossible before I started blogging. There were simply no other blogs out there that interested me enough to make me want to subscribe. Now, I subscribe to over 30 blogs, and read them on a very regular basis. Prior to this, the only blogs I read were simply by consequence of something interesting on digg being a link to a blog post.
I think this is interesting, since the number of people who blog is always growing, thus, the reader base for existing blogs is always growing. Is blogging some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy?