Well, I happened to be a quite active silent-reader lately. On the weekend, I randomly picked a blog from people around me, thus read their blog posts.
Nothing really special to be sure, but I happened to have this habit to read others blog from their very early posts onward. Though heavily depends on the blog content itself, but read them in reverse is somewhat amusing.
Especially for me whom happened to switch job in a speed of light, thus occasionally met a lot of new people. And in the mean time I personally having a difficulty to get close to people. I figure out, this is my way to solve my inabilities to know them. Doing it this way, I can catch up with their experiences, thought, sometimes past, and in particular, themself.
I felt somewhat happy when I found out that people around me is blogging (or at least have a blog, despite inactive). Read their blog posts is equal to hours of chit-chat, and whatnot. As for the bonus, when their blog post is entertaining, I happened to LOL. Sweet.
Fact is, shit happens. And people (me either) also wrote down their sad part of life. These kind of (dark) blog post sometime taught me a lesson. But on the other hand it could also ruined my day.
I read this book titled Blink (Malcolm Gladwell), he said that it’s possible to manipulate our minds based on what we read. — Anyway, I highly recommends this book to anyone who interested in psychology (and how our mind works to make decision based on what we see and know, in particular).
In order to be a good and healthy silent-reader (WTF!?), I always stepped-back once I felt I consume too much information. Skills to slice the (good) information out of noise is important. Hell yeah, now I talk like pros. But I really meant this.
Some might ask what’s the difference between silent-reader to regular blog visitor. It is obvious, silent-readers rarely write comments. They consume, but rarely give feedback.
Now. This is the arguable part. What’s the difference between silent-reader to its stalker counter-part?
Well, this is kinda hard to answer.
Everyone had the chance to become a successful stalker these days. With all those tools and silly social networking sites.
But let me try. Let’s put it this way. Silent-reader love to read, in our case: blogs. That’s it. There are no hidden agendas. It’s just the needs to consume information by read people blogs.
Stalker on the otherside, like to read caused by the urge to dig someone’s information. They mainly consumed personal stuffs, combined it from several sources; could be blog, twitter account, facebook account, etc. And, they might have hidden agendas in their pocket.
But I can tell you, the difference is blurry. There are times, when I read like a lot, especially all those personal stuffs people wrote down on their blog, I started to feel like a stalker. It’s just people love to put their personal stuffs on the web –thus make them freely accessible. And also fact that personal stuff is yummy. Is there anyone out there would deny this fact?
So, the lessons are: know when to stop. Both when consume it, and share it to public.
It’s as simple as that. But, like any of those simple things in the world, it is in fact kinda hard to implement.
Anyway, happy weekend.
Credit for captivating eye image goes to: brentmatthewlillard