Recently there has been a bit of chat regarding how far you should allow other people to influence your blog.
Despite my firm belief that it is quite a personal little corner of the web, I have begun to question the implicit assumption that it would be a cardinal blogging sin to allow any outside influences to even so much as breathe within a walking-radius of my blog.
It is certainly very flattering to be told “You can’t change the way you blog – its too good!” However, I’m not sure I agree with the premise that I must remain “an island” to maintain the style of blogging I have developed.
Tho’ I chose to start blogging originally in a rather non-community-friendly way – not telling anyone, not allowing comments – that is not to say I don’t appreciate feedback, and even constructive criticism. It really had more to do with me being shy, than with me trying to look down my nose at the rest of the world.
In a way, I’m glad I’ve approached the blogging issue in ‘stages’. It has given me a chance to develop my own blogging style totally seperate from the impressions of either real-life or online friends.
And now that I’ve moved on to the next stage, I’m finding it interesting to see how I can maintain a comfortable me-ish style while incorporating the ideas and impressions of “my community” in a nicely social networking fashion.
So, now I am in the fairly ( 😉 ) unique position of being able to see the difference that being part of a “blogging community” does have on the direction of my blog.
Now it is with these thoughts in mind I go to pick my Desert Island Discs.