Okay, I hope I’m not opening a can of worms here.
A favorite blog I frequent (daily) has recently gone through a bit of a “thing” because the blogger took off about two and a half weeks without announcing that she was taking a break. (The name of the blog is irrelevant and if you know who I’m talking about, please keep it to yourself.) Some of her readers were concerned because she is a rather prolific blogger, often blogging multiple times a day. Some of her readers were offended and felt that she “owed” it to her readers to let them know that she was taking a break so they wouldn’t worry about her. They openly voiced their disdain for what they perceived to be a lack of communication and care about her readers in her little shoutbox (like my chatterbox).
I will admit the thought crossed my mind a few times that I hoped everything was okay, but figured if something really bad had happened she would hop on and ask for prayer. I thought she was probably on vacation or had a lot going on with her family. I never post ahead of time about vacations, going out of town, etc. so this makes sense to me. But apparently not everyone felt the same way and some hurtful things were said to the point where some people said they would no longer visit her blog. Right.
Another thing that happened recently that caught my attention fried my burger was when another favorite blogger of mine was scolded by an anonymous commenter that she was writing too much about her weight loss experience. Few things get me going like commenters, ESPECIALLY anonymous ones, complaining about what a blogger does on her own blog. I left a comment basically stating that if they didn’t like it, don’t come there. Good grief! It’s not like you paid a subscription for a homemaking magazine and now you are getting Weight Watchers! The blogger can write about whatever she wants to! She can write about her weight loss every day for the next ten years if she wants. IT’S HER BLOG FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! Now maybe she will do that and lose her readership, but it’s still her blog!
(Okay, Sallie, calm down.)
I have to admit that if I miss more than a couple of days of blogging, I feel a responsibility to come on here and post something and/or let people know that we’re fine. I don’t necessarily expect it from other bloggers, but I do expect it of myself. (Go figure.) I know that people know that we have a baby, a business, and – GASP! – a life away from the keyboard. But at the same time I feel impolite if I don’t pop on regularly. But I don’t expect it from others. Weird, I know.
Anyhoo, what are your thoughts on bloggers and their responsibilities to their readers?