Blogging is a weird game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.
If you’ve ever walked around a in a big city or tourist area, you’ve probably seen a wide variety of street performers fighting for your attention (and money). Everywhere you turn there is someone doing something pointless or stupid, just wanting you to stop and watch them. Some have talent, some don’t. Regardless, these people keep showing up each day to do what they do.
This is pretty much how I feel about blogging.
I frequently read different blogs, not only for the content, but also to see how readers engage. I often wonder why people post comments and likes on some things, but not others. I wonder what motivates someone to subscribe and follow a blog. I look at how many subscribers I have, versus what others have. I often wonder what I’m doing wrong.
I find myself comparing my blog to others, but in reality, I shouldn’t, because what others do doesn’t really matter.
I should only be worried about what I’m doing.
I try to write engaging content, but not everything will be a masterpiece. Even it were a masterpiece, most of my readers are transient, simply passing by with a quick look, then moving on, just like we do with street performers. If I’m lucky, some of these readers will engage with likes or comments, though most won’t. I have a few hundred subscribed followers, but I recognize only a handful of these readers actually take the time to read what I write.
I’ve tried writing a variety of content, some serious, and some silly. I’ve tried different tags, different keywords, and different titles. I’ve tried posting with eye catching images, and I’ve tried no images. I’ve went through much trial and error, but when I look at my stats, I see no difference, and I see no consistency with what works, or what doesn’t work.
I just don’t understand.
I’ve had aspiring writers ask me for advice about blogging. They ask me how to get noticed, and how to get followers. They think I’m kidding when I say, “I have no clue what I’m doing.” I know my writing probably isn’t going to change the world, and I’m surely not making money off blogging or getting famous. This of course raises the question of, “Why do I keep doing it?”
I guess I do it because during that brief moment where I have your attention, maybe I can make you smile or laugh (I am definitely one of those “acts” doing stupid and pointless things). If I make you ponder something, or if I make you giggle because of something ridiculous I posted, it’s a win.
There are “tricks” and methods to get more followers, but that shouldn’t be why you write. You should write because you want to. While I think it would be great to be a wealthy, or at least, well known writer, I know that’s probably not going to happen, and, that’s not my goal. I write because it gives me something productive to do and I enjoy it. If I have a few people, or a lot of people, along the way who enjoy what I write, life is good, but if not, I’m okay with that too.
A while back I wrote an article titled, “The Cool Thing About Being A Writer.” I wrote about how powerful writing can be, and how it can have an unbelievable reach to people and places far and wide. When I first started my blog I didn’t expect to have any followers, but they came in time. Hopefully they’ll keep coming, and hopefully they will keep coming back.
I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and see what happens.
Like life, writing is about the journey, not the destination. Don’t try to copy what someone else is doing, and don’t write for others. Be yourself and do your own thing. Hopefully others will like it. If not, who cares. That’s the best advice I can offer for writing, and for life in general.
~ Marty ~
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