Bloggers, new ones especially, usually focus on the writing, or the art, photos, whatever they choose to share.
Crucial, yes, but only one part of the experience!
Perusing others’ work is often presented as a blogger ‘should,’ but I’m no fan of that word, “should”. It’s a remarkably poor motivator, causing more emotional pain than positive action. If it weren’t for the irony involved, I’d suggest that you shouldn’t use such a useless word…
Another angle: look at other blogs because you can find lots of great stuff that way, and you can respond to it, share it, learn from it, ENJOY it. . .. . Why miss out? Why wear blinders on purpose? Forget about should.
Finally, we have comments, perhaps the greatest gift you can give a blogger. Just when you wonder if you matter, someone comments and wow! It’s like a pen pal dropping out of the sky to make your day. Agree, disagree, love, hate, all of it: it takes you beyond stats to actual human interaction.
Which, of course, is why we blog, instead of filling up a diary.