Is it the fact that it’s free?
Is it the community?
Is it the privacy?
All three maybe?
See I’ve had my roxics.com blog for many years now. But it goes months without update. When I think about it, there are two reasons why.
1. I can’t be private about it. Everything I put up there is public or completely private (which is no fun). You all know I like to blog about some racy stuff here and there. I really can’t put that stuff up there without running the risk of my boss or co-workers seeing it.
2. It’s always nice to know you have readers. It’s like motivation to keep blogging. When you feel like you’re some little island out in the middle of nowhere that no one ever visits, it doesn’t leave you with a lot of motivation to visit yourself,
I have about 8 websites. With hosting costs and domain registration fees every year, I probably pay out about $128 a year combined. But the sad fact is, I put in so much more time and content into places like xanga and facebook even though I’m paying to have my websites online. It doesn’t make any sense. Hell just yesterday I put google ads up on roxics.com. Just a single banner ad that after so many clicks can return me some money. Yet here I am writing this entry on xanga. Why? Because of readers and privacy.
I am working on a solution to all of this. But it does amaze me how much of a trade off it all is. We trade our rights to own our own content and use our own websites and the ability to put up our own ads in exchange for visitors and privacy. When really we should have all those things in one.