In the ‘community’ that is slowly forming, thanks to this WordPress challenge, which I’m part of, I see several, sort of, «a side-challenges» popping up. They are all fine and well thought out, in order to attract more visitors and to meet more people. It’s all good.
On the other hand … it brings back memories of blogging in Yahoo 360° — a little known of, blogging platform that existed from 2005 to 2008 (I think it was).
It was a really great platform, and why Yahoo didn’t follow up on this and took better care of it is beyond me, but that’s a whole different story.
The thing about it was that you had ‘friends list’ … just like in Facebook nowadays. Groups formed, and those lists caused a lot of drama. Some people felt the urge to attract as many ‘friends’ as possible in order to be «popular». Reading blogs and commenting began to feel like a chore … you felt obliged to make the rounds and leave a comment on each and every one on your list.
That doesn’t make for very heartfelt comments and secondly, there are times when the subject matter just doesn’t ‘speak’ to you — you don’t know what to say.
Eventually Yahoo shut it down, which was a shame, and all of them moved to Multiply … another, little-known-of, blogging platform. Exactly the same thing happened there. When you signed in, you saw something like an ‘Inbox’, where list of new posts you ‘had to’ comment on were listed.
With all this in mind, I started this, self-hosted WordPress. I love to connect with new people and this WP-challenge means a lot … it’s a great initiative. You can connect with people you feel that you might have something in common with and you don’t have to go through hundreds of posts to comment on them. I go and read them because I’m interested in doing so, to see what they have to say today, get a laugh sometimes or commiserate … there aren’t any lists that you have to go through!
Also, with the above in mind, I’m going to go easy on all the different challenges that are up now, in order not to make the same mistake again. It took all the fun out of blogging, and I still enjoy it so much.
I write from the heart … it’s a semi-personal blog, and I totally love it when I see that a few people find their way around to visit here. When you keep on writing and commenting, after a while you get to know your visitors in a way. I’m not all that upbeat every day, and with this winter weather we’ve had lately, my photography hasn’t been very inspired either — mainly ducks and squirrels. People probably get fed up with them but I still like them.
I took a couple of splashing ducks yesterday, just in order to capture all of the colors that appeared when the afternoon sun was shining on their heads…
especially the one in the foreground. The iridescence of their feathers never ceases to amaze me.