(Early Frost’s beta coverage resumes next week.)
What drives me absolutely nuts about blogging and social networking is the expectation that one must be continuously in the know about everything that goes on within that social circle. “Follow me, and I’ll follow you back.” “Add me to your blogroll, and I’ll add you to mine.” “Subscribe to my RSS and blah blah”
I find that sort of thing a complete load of baloney. You add blogs to your blogroll and feed because you have genuine interest in reading that blog. You link back to posts because you genuinely were interested enough in that post to merit an actual response on your own blog. If you’re invested in any of this because you care more about being on someone’s blogroll or feed, or you care more about your sitemeter, then you’re either missing the point completely, or you’re going to be very disappointed to find out that a lot of people that could be following you aren’t.
I don’t read blogs or keep up with them with any sort of degree of loyalty or regularity. If you own a blog, chances are I’m not reading yours either, nor am I expecting you to read mine “in exchange for reading yours.” It does not work that way. I’ll read what I like, write what I like, and do what I like. I would probably get more hits, followers, etc., if I did that whole social networking thing, but I don’t. I do this only because I love writing, and I love being a frost mage, and that’s it.
If you’re reading this blog because you have an expectation that I’ll read yours in return, then you’re going to be quite disappointed.
If you’re reading this blog because you like it, then that’s okay too. It is appreciated, but I won’t show it by adding you to some arbitrary list because I have to keep up appearances. I will show you my appreciation by continuing to write the way I do, and that’s all I can do with my own ability.