The Chicken and the Egg of the Blogosphere: Did You Read or Write First?
The Egg Carton
There is also a third kind of bird: the person who goes to the blogging conference to find out what blogging is all about and starts a blog when she gets home. I've met plenty of people at BlogHer each year who tell me that they're going to start reading and writing a blog when they get home from the conference. And those people are sort of the egg cartons of the blogosphere, holding the eggs (or the chicken? This analogy is getting a little messy). They have an interesting cushion in that they took in a lot of information about what blogging is and how it's done before they did a deep dive into either reading a lot of blogs or writing a blog. It's sort of like learning everything there is to know about food before you've eaten or cooked.
This is obviously an unusual route, up there with people who only observe and never participate in social media (yes, there are people who silently read Twitter without ever leaving a tweet), or those who write their blog without ever reading anyone else's site. And I kind of like that there are egg cartons out there, charting a very different path. They prove that there is no right or wrong way to blog.
Which way did you enter the blogoshere? Did you read a lot first, write primarily first, or are you that elusive egg carton who started your blog after learning about blogging at a conference?