First, I’d like to thank both the women who clicked on like or sent me their feedback. A lot of it was the system doing it – a cyber version of kids being more likely to interact with each other because they attend the same school. I noticed it, and appreciate it.
In all honesty, I am not that sure how the blogs spread or how most people use blogs. I have blogged on this personal & pro level and have blogged for pay – for businesses who paid me. The joke there is that they paid me to keep my mouth shut – all I mean by that, is that I ghostwrote it without a byline. Because of all that, I am aware that there is more than one kind of blog reader and that people also read them for various purposes.
As the title suggests, I wonder how interactive blogging is. It is not like real time chat, but thanks to events like those described in the first paragraph, it at least as interactive and letters or letters-to-the-editor or maybe, like when people leave messages on answering machines. That can be good and helpful or bizarre means for giving someone the run around. I guess, I’m old enough that I feel like I should compare it to some kind of interaction or level of interactivity but it is not only generational.
Anyone interested could blog a response or leave a comment and then we would have more of a discussion about this.
There has been some research done on how interactive things we do on the Internet really are. I have personally done business using the Internet and have made some degree of relationships and maintained others.
Even though that is true, like millions of others I have also had experiences where it feels like some effort to really interact has been a dud. Comments, likes, responses, counter or reply posts do help as does business.
Personally it does not fulfill my need for in close in person interaction but it does help and hinder as much as using the phone. Now, that remark dates me, because for those 30 or even 35 years old and younger, there is not so much that kind of comparison embedded into the psychology. It can be great compared to being totally shut out or unable to exchange messages of a personal or professional nature. However, when one would strongly prefer to have the old fashioned togetherness of in close and in person it is not a good substitute for me personally.
It can be a little shocking, when meeting people in one way much more than the other but then changing…how effective it is, though. Once or twice I met people in person who I had met online and they turned out to be as real as they had been rumored to be once they closer. Other times I met people in person, or knew them personally, kept in touch using the technology and then when we met up again they acted so much more informed about the latest trends in my life because they had received the messages – I wasn’t quite just imagining it. That’s a relief, but for some reason it still surprises me and I feel as though I am adjusting. Many of you know how that is. (wild guess, maybe 73.94% of you. Margin of error approximated at 34%)