I’ve been blogging for three years now. The blog first started as a way to keep in touch with my family and friends back in Iran after I immigrated to Canada, a way to share the immigration experience. But now it’s become a way of life. Or more accurately, a way of thought. I find myself thinking in terms of a blog post, visualizing my thoughts as 300+ word articles under the big capital letters that I’ve been using for my titles since the start. I also dream of blogging. I update my blog at least twice, if not more times a week, and I often restrain myself from updating everyday.
When I first started blogging, I imagined I’d get plenty of comments, and I found the idea exciting. Then I realised – you’re lucky if you get the occasional one comment. I used to put abusive or controversial comments under a different name in order to stir up controversy and get more comments- a trick I learned from my uncle who is a “public intellectual” in Iran and frequently writes for newspapers. It worked, but after a while, I couldn’t be bothered- I had already started the next blog post and wasn’t interested in looking back on the comments on the previous one. I also made little cards with my blog name printed on it and left it around wherever I went, but I was too inhibited too keep up with it- also, after a while I stopped caring about rates and comments, though I’m still enormously pleased when I get one.
Although my blog posts have been featured in CBC, Radio Canada, and the BBC programme “Have Your Say”, I don’t seem to have attracted a huge readership. My sister tells me because my sentences are too long, and because I don’t concentrate on a single subject. But I despise single subject blogs. She tells me if I write in farsi, I would instantly get a huge fan base -and then I’d probably be too afraid to visit Iran ever again. But I can’t write in Farsi, my mother language, as fluently as I can in English.
I said I stopped caring about comments- no- not wholly true. I fantasize about opening my mail and seeing I’ve received hundred of comments, that people are reading and responding to me. I read some “popular” blogs, but with a few exceptions, they generally seem so lame and simplistic. After a while, I go back to reading and writing my own blog. I don’t see the blog dying down- there’s always something to blog about.