There are a number of reasons people start blogging in the first place. Maybe it's a way of keeping in contact with family and friends; possibly growing new ones in the process. For others it's a way of chronicling life's events. Many have a passion for something that they want to share with other like minded people. Still others blog because it encourages them to write for it's own sake. The one thing that all these have in common is building connections.
Whether it is part of your original intent, your writing is out there. You know, out there, in the big wide world to share with who ever stumbles across it. You may not even realize it's happening, but you're building connections, if even briefly, with another person. This isn't a surprise, as such. If you publish a blog you're kind of expecting this. I'm sure you hope that someone has shared a similar musing or agreed with a point you're trying to express. Maybe you're even curious if someone out there has read something and been in dead disagreement with you. Either way, people write, publish, and wait because it's important to them. It's important to me.
I'm making it a habit this month, being the start of NaBoPloMo, to read three to four blogs that I wouldn't have normally read a day. I pick them at random from a list of those participating this month. I've been finding it really interesting to look through these tiny windows of people's much larger lives. Everything has been interesting, enlightening and engaging. I also make it a point to leave a comment before I leave. I'd like them to know that they have made at least one connection that day. Don't be surprised if you're participating this month if you find I've left a comment on your blog too. After all, they are free.