Blogging will never make me rich or secure me a spot on Oprah’s book club, which doesn’t include blogs anyway, and it will never pay for a trip to Timbuktu.
Yet, I can still travel there for free and virtually bake in the sun without getting burned.
So, what’s the secret addictive additive in blogging – fame, glory, or immediate gratification?
I’ll take immediate gratification for $200.
Waiting months or years for a magazine editor to respond to a submission is too distracting and can cause me to drive off the road into a ditch.
As I step out of the car over a flattened squirrel, I shout, “Damn editor! It’s your fault I drove off the road. I know there’s a better way even if it doesn’t pay the bills.”
Listening to a nurse read another rejection form letter while on my deathbed just doesn’t make sense. Not when I can post something in the, somewhat, prime of my life, and get a “thumbs up or down” soon after publishing it.
Admittedly, there’s no money changing hands or plaques gracing my den wall. In Cyberland, there are virtual trophies and badges to place on a blog wall. They’re like cameo brooches in a case at a jewelry store.
But is virtual bling enough to satisfy a blogging addiction? The answer is “yes.” Virtual bling is indicative of ones cyber worth a.k.a. a readership and/or blogging friends, who are consistent with immediate gratification or comment crack.
It’s the comments that lure me back to the Net and the adrenaline I get from writing a post and then publishing it.
When I’m online, I’m lost in a blogging haze. I can communicate with my imaginary avatar friends 24 hours a day in much the same way a medium communicates with the dead, except with cable.
Like the spirit world and Vegas, the virtual world never sleeps and harbors some unseemly places. Remember the Craigslist.org scandal or rather Craigslist.orgy? Although I don’t condone blasphemous behavior, infamous news makes great blog fodder.
Blog fodder is cyber fossil fuel and fills a Blogger‘s brain with creative octane. If a Blogger runs out of gas on a virtual road, she’ll be stuck and forced to hitch a ride with the nearest link, the first stop on an endless trip.
There is no Blogger AAA or GPS. Only a SOS to imaginary friends can rescue a lost soul on the Internet and keep a Blogging obsession alive, while a medium keeps her obsession dead.
I’d rather read a Blogger’s comment than listen to a ghost whine. Ghosts are terrible house guests. They arrive uninvited and don’t know when to disappear, unlike most Bloggers who are excellent guests. They come and go as they please and are never a problem.
When it’s time for me to say goodnight, an exorcism isn’t required. All I need do is type “gtg” (got to go) and disconnect, knowing I’ll be back again tomorrow for yet another blogging fix.
- 8 Sure Fire Networking Strategies for Blogging Success (famousbloggers.net)
- Make Your Own Blog and Start Blogging This 2011 (analuzcastro.wordpress.com)
- Social Media Addicts [Amanda Vlahakis] (ecademy.com)
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