When I first started this blog, way back in the long distant past of January 2009, I really had no idea what it was going to be. Which is to say, I really didn’t think anyone would read it, so I didn’t think it would matter.
The blog was started with the idea that it would help me with my daily journaling. Every morning, after doing my quiet time, I would write in my journal about the deep spiritual insights arising out of my daily reading. Since you know how disciplined I am about daily routine, I thought I would help it along by doing it online. Then it would be obvious to me that I was missing a day.
So it was supposed to be a sort of online journal. I just never imagined that anyone else would read it.
Then it occurred to me one day, while reading Stuff Christians Like, that instead of commenting as <Real Name deleted for privacy reasons> I could just comment as Sharkbait. Much simpler, and then I started doing the same on some of the other blogs I used to follow.
And the next thing I knew, people were reading my blog, and talking back to me.
It was quite disturbing. In fact, when I got my first ever comment, on 17 February 2009, I nearly wet myself.
These days I have about 40 people following me in one way or another, and around 50 direct hits a day. I still don’t know where they come from, but it has changed the way I think, and write.
I assume most people would be too bored to read my fishy ideas about deep theology. In fact when I wanted to get all deep and theological over Lent, I even created a separate blog for it.
I still think most of my posts are really just me talking to myself, and working through ideas in my own head, but I am definitely influenced by the fact that I know people are listening.
What about you? Would you write differently if no one read your blog? Would you still blog if you had no followers?
And just who are all you people who come around every day? (And what were you expecting to find at a site run by a Fish?)