Sunday, March 30, 2008
blog? - no shoes, no comments ... no problem
Feeling alone may as well be an ‘official stage’ of acceptance for caregivers, disabled, or chronic illness. Reading the stories of others experiencing a similar path can be more than a friend … plus, you can reach out and visit any time of night or day.
People starting into the health care unknown may discover ‘real stories’ shared through blogs / journals helpful beyond medical profession self help pamphlets.
In general, eight (8) percent of all Internet users now write blogs, while 39 percent read them. (Pew Internet & American Life Project)
90% of users simply READ, 9% comment from time to time, and 1% account for most contributions according to a Jakob Nielsen study.
Should you start a journal? Should you throw in the towel frustrated over comments?
DO NOT let comments make you nuts.
When comments drive your blog / journal then that 1% is refocusing YOUR story and your information. Embed a hit counter if size matters.
On the other hand social networking is a motive for some writers. Comments become an integral part. Internet evolution has spawned social specific communities such as MySpace or Facebook.
Do not rule out market share when deciding where to host your blog. The Internet is business, big fish swallow little fish.
35% - Blogger
21% - Live Journal
20% - TypePad
06% - Diaryland
04% - Windows Live Spaces
03% - AOL Journals
11% - misc. others combined
“Caregivingly Yours,” posts three editions: Blogger, AOL Journals, and MySpace.
Deciding to share our story of spouse caregiving and living with Multiple Sclerosis, I began with ‘AOL Journals’ because our teenage daughter counseled that is where old people like me journal. <grin> … ‘Blogger’ because it has the largest market share and no advertisements. (AOL ads can be rude cavorting on the top of a poignant or sensitive entry.) … MySpace because National Multiple Sclerosis Society asked me to post an edition there.
Your blog / journal is YOUR STORY. No shoes, no comment … no problem. Readers "always" welcome!
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