A few weeks ago, Bart and I were at school, chatting with some friends of his from the business school. One of them had just started a blog, and we got talking about blogging in general. The topic of private blogs came up, to which Bart and I immediately expressed our vehement disinterest in having private blogs (although, of course, I see the appeal if you’re going to post pictures of your children).
They asked why I wouldn’t want my blog private, because, after all, you can invite all your friends to read, and when I said I liked having random people stumble across my blog, they both stared at me blankly.
“Why would you want people you don’t know to read your blog?” they asked. “Why would you read blogs of people you don’t know?!”
It’s even harder to make someone understand why you would go out of your way to meet people you don’t know in real life. Why in the world would Kayla fly out to Vegas to meet me or why would I make plans to join Heidikins at the Salt Lake public library?
How DO you help someone who has no blogging experience understand that it’s not some weird or creepy thing to make friends with people you don’t know? I clearly failed miserably at it, since these two people obviously think I’m insane and probably going to be murdered in my bed when I go to visit Kayla, my creepy Internet friend.