I remember reading an article years ago. Not even online – onpaper. :) It discussed why people play computer games and main idea was that gaming is to feel that you matter .
Sounds like blogging a bit? Or not? Read on.
Looking to matter
Gaming allows person to escape for some time in realm with lower demands and higher stakes. Doesn’t really matter is it saving the world or simulating pie-making. Complex real world ladder of achievements is replaced with simple ladder of game setting.
Why do you think lots of bloggers focus on such things as subscriber count or number of daily visitors? They are keeping a score. It’s no fun to play game if you don’t see progress.
Choosing a genre
Gaming is very variable. Different games cater to different people of different interest and different skills. You can both look for rare gems or stick to mainstream.
Similar to bloggers who can both create something unique around them or let a trends choose their topics.
Picking a scale
You can sit and torture tetris in your basement. Or you can become cyber sport professional and make money with something that rest of the world only wastes money at.
So are bloggers constantly dreaming about doing something easy and fun while stuck in their basements. Very very few rise to professional level.
So is blogging similarly to gaming equals killing time and escaping real world? There is one critical difference to prevent that. While gaming is egocentric - blogging can be valuable to others.
No matter what and how you play you still do good only to yourself . But in blogging you can do lots of good to others . So next time you visit new blog, next time you write new post – stop for a second and think. Is it real blogging you are looking at or merely playing a big complex game?