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Many of us bloggers read other blogs that are out there in cyberspace. Some of these blogs are written by friends or acquaintances of ours, and others are written by total strangers – blogs we just come across, or “stumble upon” to use a social media buzzword.
Similar to others, I read a variety of blogs. Whether or not these writers have “liked” my personal blog is actually not what attracts me to said bloggers. Rather, I am pulled toward specific original and insightful ideas. I like humor and I like creativity and when I see those elements in a blog post, or series of blogposts by a particular writer, I continue to read their blog.
Such has been the case with a blog known as “Bottledworder.” At first glance, this title is very mysterious and kind of cold. Hello? Bottledworder? What is he or she trying to say anyway? But when you read the tagline you get the feel for someone who thinks a little out of the box (or out of the bottle, right?). Bottledworder explains: “words in a blogule.” That’s enough for me to continue reading.
According to the “about” page, Bottledworder is an an American-educated woman originally from India who presently resides in New York City, and began her blog around the time I started my blog, but I’ll admit right here that her number of readers have surpassed mine by the thousands. But no, this is not about competition. This is about learning from one another. To me, it is a pleasure to read her blog, and here is why:
She writes articulately about ideas that we all think of, but don’t realize we are thinking about them. She puts words to the thoughts that we all had deep down but didn’t realize how important they were. She brings these thoughts to the surface, and then puts some open-ended questions out to her readers and followers. Within minutes (literally), she has a long queue of responses and “likes” on her blog, but that is not even the point. Lots of bloggers get many responses. But the difference is that Ms. Bottledworder reads all her comments, and answers them. Not only does she answer them with “thanks” or “good point,” or whatever, but she writes something more that gets the reader to think more.
I have viewed Ms. Bottledworder as a teacher or mentor of sorts. Someone who cares. Then one day she wrote on her blog that she had taught English in the past. My instincts had been correct – I knew I was on to something and I wanted to continue reading. And I did. Sometimes I respond and other times I don’t. But she always gets me to think. That helps me in my everyday life and in my own writing.
If I had to think of what I would want to see in her blog that I don’t already see, I would say that she might tell us a bit more about herself. Maybe she would insert a personal anecdote or tidbit of information in some of her columns, and then bounce off that to the theme of her blogpost.
I think the elements of mystery that she seems to have (i.e. her anonymous name, her seemingly non-existent hobbies besides writing), have been effective for her blog till now. When a teacher or mentor (or therapist) doesn’t talk about their own life, it helps the therapeutic relationship, in that the client can grow without preoccupying himself with the teacher’s life. Similarly, her being faceless and nameless has helped her focus on us, the writers – asking us probing questions and so forth and getting us to think.
However, at this point I think a little more disclosure on Bottledworder’s part would be helpful. I am not even sure how much disclosure would necessarily improve the blog, but I do think some openness would help. I find that when I do read blogposts by Bottledworder where she is a bit more open, such as when she discussed her own feelings about the wide open spaces in America, I benefited from that style and was able to relate to her writing on a different level.
In conclusion, aside from the need for the personal touch, Bottledworder is a great blogger, with a wonderful blog and I wish her many more days of happy blogging to all of us thirsty writers who love quenching our thirst for thinking and analyzing through her writings.
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