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Have you read Darren Rowse’s Random Reflections on SXSWi-2008 (South x Southwest interactive) convention?
In his first “reflection”, he writes:
The more I meet bloggers the more that I find that many of us are lonely soles (to some degree). We sit alone in our home offices/living rooms/beds etc and often feel quite isolated and at times misunderstood.
This one sentence saddens me.
Are bloggers really that lonely?
When I look back on my life. I lived by myself for many years. Often, friends would ask me if I was lonely. My answer was always “No”.
To me, there’s a difference between “being alone” and “being lonely”. Although I cherish time spent with friends and family, I also enjoy my alone time.
But, back to the question.
I wonder, has blogging actually become a therapeutic medium for those that are lonely and/or feeling misunderstood?
Does blogging give some a “voice” they wouldn’t normally project in real life?
Is the world becoming so “busy”, we don’t give others “the time of day”?
Is that why social networking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg, and Technorati are becoming so popular? Because we can “friend” someone without exposing ourselves?
Do bloggers feel more comfortable interacting with others as they hid behind the protection of their computer screen?
Is it a good idea to set a goal of becoming a problogger? A profession that would isolate a person even more?
What do you think? Are most bloggers lonely, misunderstood individuals?
Does a blog help a lonely person communicate?
Is your blog therapeutic for you?
Should you be spending time with family and friends instead of blogging?
Does blogging isolate you from “your public”?