I was driving home from a long day at work when an idea hit me. Switching back and forth between my two favorite radio stations, the local ESPN station and NPR, I was trying to find something to take my mind off the long day, as I sat at the light engaged in the conversation I realized blogging is exactly like talk radio.
The point of talk radio is to have a discussion with the host and the audience. Whether it be the audience calling into the show or the host playing off the audience emotions, the goal of the show is to stir a reaction and have interaction. This interaction is addicting, it grabs you and makes you sit in your driveway for an extra twenty minutes engaged in the conversation.
Blogging is all about creating emotions and tension. People come to your site, read what you have to say and then they do one of two things: they navigate away or they engage. A good blog post grabs you right away and stirs some kind of emotion inside of you and causes you to think, respond, and then share with other. The main reason I blog is because I want to hear from people on thoughts that are running through my head. Sometimes I feel like I am a little crazy and so I want to see if other people are thinking the same thing as me. Often times blogging and talk radio can seem very impersonal, the divide between the radio and the interwebs can be overwhelming. What erases this divide is the chance to connect with a subject on a more personal basis in the realm of emotion and thought. In talk radio, you are giving your opinion about a hot topic. In blogging you are writing out your thoughts for others to see, hoping to connect and be validated in your opinions.
In both worlds you are throwing out your opinion to the masses and seeing if they reject it or accept what you have to say.
Blogging is the same as talk radio because you are driving people to an emotion, trying to create some kind of tension with the subject and then waiting to hear what people have to say.
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