When Glenda (Gigihawaii), Denise (An English Girl Rambles) and I got to gether for lunch last week, one topic of conversation was, “Were you surprised when you began to blog and discovered the whole world could see your posts?”
Yes, I was surprised. I began blogging as a course related project (History of the American Corporation). Each of us gave the professor our blog address, she assembled them, and instructed us to respond to each other’s posts and comments every week. Our posts counted 30 percent of our grade.
Often, I interjected personal anecdotes into my reviews. One week when we were discussing a book about small businesses, some of which grew into large concerns like Bell, Corning, or Ford, vertical integration of processes, and Chandler’s theory concerning the rise of the managerial class, I mentioned my Dad’s furniture plant in Sylvia North Carolina, which went bust in the 1960s and led to his joining another larger firm as their purchasing agent.
One day, I was startled to find a response from a fellow I did not know, and who was not in my class, but who had a good deal to say about the lumber business. We carried on a conversation, however.
After the class ended, I abandoned the blog for a couple of years, and then one day on a whim, I began blogging again. I don’t know why I did either. I mean who can remember the exact moment when one decides to become a blogger and put everything out there for the whole world? The whole world doesn’t see your blog of course (even if they could). Most people are too busy with their own lives and with millions of people blogging, no one could read everything. So, I don’t worry about who sees my blog. I figure I am a minnow or even something smaller in the big wide world of bloggers. So what do you think?