It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote is from blogger, journalist, and author Cory Doctorow.
“Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.”
When I read the quote Tanya highlighted today, the first thing I thought about was that song from Jesus Christ Superstar that starts out with the line “What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a-happening?”
It seems to me that, in his quote, Doctorow is suggesting that the content of your writing is less important than the “buzz” it generates. Conversation being king may be great for late-night talk shows hosts, but when it comes to blogging, I couldn’t disagree more.
When I started my blog, it was a vehicle for self expression, a way for me to put my thoughts, opinions, and perspectives in writing. As I got into writing flash fiction, it was a means to flex my imagination and to hone my writing skills. I never expected to attract much of an audience for my writing. That there are those who read and comment on what I write is a bonus, one that makes blogging that much more worthwhile as a pastime.
That said, I think content is king and if the content generates conversation (i.e., buzz), so much the better. If you truly believe that conversation is king, then you must consider what you write to be little more than clickbait, and were the name “Buzzfeed” not already taken, that’s what you should name your blog.
That’s my opinion and I’m sticking with it, so let’s get this conversation going, shall we?