I've just read a post by Mena, the founder of Six Apart on weblogging and its intricacies, here. She wrote a truly long entry, which I honestly didn't really read carefully, but one thing DID catch my attention.
She wrote about her audience and her writing. How she reached more than 10,000 readership. She wrote about popular stuff and sure enough, her efforts were rewarded. But one day came the backlash. Her humor didn't get through to people, and the comments they made had her to rethink her focus. She didn'at actually want to be read widely, she wanted to have close-knit web-bonds with her friends and family.
That reminded me. I once wrote that I don't care about publicity. Because I want to write about who I am, about what I think, about what's new in my life. And that kind of stuff doesn't appeal to the popular masses.
It may be fun sometimes to be a different person. And the cyber world DOES provide that opportunity. But it's tiring to always be "fun, sarcastic, extroverted, or critical"–if those are not your true characteristics.
I LOVE writing. BUT if I write about my dark-kept secrets, I might not want the whole world to know about it. I'd write to PostSecret if I want to shout it out loud and relieve myself of the burden.
But for me blogging is more like King Midas' hole-in-the-ground, which he used to keep his secrets (but the sprout in the ground spread it out to the winds and et cetera… until the gods punished him). That is, when I DO write about my secrets… but mostly my writings are cryptic, even to those close to me… ^__^ (You may ask, "The what's the point of this whole discussion??" To which I would answer, "I don't really know….")