Blogosphere or blogspace, I forget. Compulsive, impulsive, does it matter?
Are you burning with desire to express yourself? Is it the fire inside or a self-pleasing that motivates you? Why do you write? Why should you write?
Personally, I sometimes write to be understood. To express myself, but I'm a little embarrassed that I usually have nothing to express. So I rant and rave, trying to press someone else's buttons. Sometimes I just want people to tell me how brilliant I am. So for the most part, I stay quiet—because I know I have nothing to say.
These accidental web communities are all going to be of the same nature: ego-stroking. Look! Someone's reading what I've wrote! Does he think I'm brilliant or insane? I need to know now! Lets IM each other and become friends. Hey, buddy. I'll stroke you if you'll stroke me. We'll pretend each other are brilliant.
But thats not wise. For some, its best to become less self-depreciating, more impulsive and willing to be let out and risk yourself. For others, humility needs to be learned. You risk yourself too often and gain too little. You live in a world alone, contained in your own bubble—ready and willing to pop.
Look, the point isn't to judge. It sounds like a judgement, but I don't know you. I know myself best if at all—I'm projecting. I often make the mistake that what I hate in myself I believe the whole world is infected with. But I understand how useful these kinds of self-criticisms are.
You say you feel good when people stroke your blog. Why? If you wrote a gem, wouldn't you want to keep it to yourself? If you wrote a crapper, wouldn't you want the world to smell? The point isn't to deprive yourself of this pleasure, but to control it. Conserve yourself. Become wealthy. Then maybe you'll have something beneficial to share.
"What a man has in himself is, then, the chief element in his happiness." -- Schopenhauer