I don’t care if you read this article

by Anna Blanch on May 27, 2011

The Internet measures everything. And I am a slave to those measurements. After so many years of pushing much of my life through this screen, I’ve started measuring my experiences and my sense of self-worth using the same metrics as the Internet uses to measure success. I check my stats relentlessly… The sad truth is that I spend more time measuring than I spend doing” from Tweetage Wasteland : I Don’t Care if You Read This Article.

Or put another way by Matt Mullenweg (founding developer of WordPress among many other things) “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Boy, ain’t that the truth.

Let’s be realistic though. This cuts close to the bone. I’ve been asked lots “Why blog?” Is it to be read? It is about the vanity of it all? Who am I to think that anyone would be interested in what I have to say or write about anything? Aren’t you just a little bit arrogant? Maybe.

I’ve written about this topic before. I’ve written about how it helps me to find my voice. And, it does. I’ve written about how I’m learning to write in ways that are accessible, how i’m learning to share what I’m learning in such a way that I’m understood by the communities who will benefit. I’ve declared that it is my desire to be understood by the people asking the questions I’m seeking to answer. Or even more usually, that i’ll be read and engaged with by those who are asking the same questions I’m asking, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll stumble on some answers together.

So, like Matt, I don’t care if you read this article. But I do care about the people who take the time to read this blog, the articles I write, and listen to the conference papers and talks I give. I care about the community of people I connect with on social media platforms. I care because they are not people to sell to. They. You. are my community. You may be family, or friends I’ve known for a while. Or you may just be getting to know me and here, this, is the first place you’ve come across my writing, or me.

Stay awhile, have a cup of tea. Look around.

Talk to me, I talk back.


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  • http://www.redletterbelievers.com david rupert

    This is a great post. We don’t write for applause and when we seek it out it sullies what we do. Keep true!

  • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

    Thanks David. I appreciate the encouragement!

  • Nicole, the Queen of this life

    This is exactly how I feel about the writing I share on my own blog. It's not about the masses. It's about the one that read something and felt reassured in their choices. It's about the one that needed a laugh. Thank you for sharing this with us all!

  • markmeynell

    As i tweeted the other day there is a fine line between self-promotion and generosity (there you go – was mentioning that i tweeted it self-promotion?!) – but perhaps the key is both to seek means for wholesome self-expression and simultaneously to be altruistic online…
    keep up the good work!

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      thanks Mark. It helps to have people like yourself to bounce things off!

  • http://www.jumpingtandem.com Deidra

    I like to write. And I like the people I've met along the way. About a year ago, I changed my blog design and when I did, I somehow lost the site meter widget. It may have been the best thing that ever happened to me. Well…not the best. But it was a good thing. : )

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      i do like to know where people are from! In fact that sense of how small the world is makes me smile without fail…..

  • http://www.seeprestonblog.com Preston

    And can we talk about how this is sometimes what it feels like when it comes to academic articles about people you and twenty other people at one conference, once a year bother to talk about?
    Love, love, love the new site!

  • felicemifa

    "it is my desire to be understood by the people asking the questions I’m seeking to answer." That is a really well-put and noble objective.

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      I think that sentence has started to unfold in new ways. if my posture is first to listen to my community and then to seek to respond always keeping my mind on the larger perspective – then i'm hoping i might walk the line between meeting people where they are and employing all that i've been blessed with ad seek to explore, while also seeking a bigger vision and to help reflect that big picture. Never failing to recognise the heart-questions in a given situation. I do wonder if this is really possible…but it gives me a sense of why it is that i do everything I do.

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