Dave Pollard just wrote a few lines that really reflect what I have been struggeling with in blogging for a long time: "The challenge with online communities is that it's harder to know, every day, what you're doing for others. You have to rely on them to tell you, over and over, because they can't show you how much your attention and appreciation does for them, gives them."
Blogging as a communication method is inherently async. and even worst - it may well be very indirect. The effect your blogging has on others may well never even be tracable to the post that stared it. I've had several experiences of writing a post I *thought* would be very useful to a lot of people - with zero response. Only to learn some time later - on one case actual years - that someone benefited from the information GREATLY, or enjoyes it or whatever.
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