I've started several blogs over the last few years. I'd post a little here and there, land a couple of followers, then I'd lose interest and quit blogging altogether. One thing that would frustrate me was not only trying to find the time to blog, but also to find a worthy topic to blog about. None of these were worthy excuses. I mean, if other people have active blogs with tons of followers, then why couldn't I do the same?
It definitely wasn't for a lack of passion or self-expression! I'm notorious for writing exhaustingly long and opinionated posts on Facebook, as well as on Twitter (at least until I hit the character limit). I'd drop some long posts only to hear crickets from my audience. Understand that it's not that I want to draw attention to my posts just to get likes - I do appreciate the attention, but I've never been much of a glory-hound! No, in all honesty I find that I thrive the most on the interaction and sharing of opinions and thoughts between people. I really enjoy watching people share their experiences with others, and if someone doesn't completely agree with what's been said, or feels there is a different point of view that needs to be considered, then I believe it benefits everyone to make that known openly and to discuss it with everyone.
My problem with interacting in forums is that I have a very low tolerance for people who are fearful, ignorant, and exercise their personal prejudices openly. In today's social media driven world, they have all been lumped into a commonly-known category better known as "trolls". They are everywhere, and they get off by drawing attention to themselves. Much like bullies in school, they can spoil good wholesome, meaningful social interaction by simply interjecting a meaningless, hateful, or spiteful remark that really makes no logical sense whatsoever. It will typically draw the ire from the rest of the participants in the forum, resulting in a loss of focus and direction from where the original conversation was headed. Soon, everyone is too upset to continue, and the interaction dies.
The best way to kill a 'troll' is to ignore it completely, but that's easier said than done. Ever been to a cookout where there's that one fly or yellow jacket that buzzing around trying to get into everyone's food or drink? You try desperately to ignore it, hoping it will go away, but then it suddenly dive bombs into your glass of lemonade and ruins it. You replace your drink, but now you're thinking about that bug for the rest of the day. Bummer!
Needless to say, I avoid forums altogether now. Also, as I mentioned earlier, I used to drop long posts on social media. Those days are over as well. Instead, I'm channeling my inner voice toward writing in my blog, which will now be driven toward my effort of publishing my first novel, as well as the periodic writing prompt that I hope will inspire thoughts and creativity while spurning some feedback from my readers.
As the tag line of this blog clearly states, my goal here is to entertain, educate, and inspire, and I hope that I can do at least one or more of those for each of you here. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my work. I hope that you will find it in your heart to subscribe to my blog. If you have a blog yourself, then please let us know where it's located in the comments below and perhaps we can work together to gain some readership.
Cheers! - D.B.