Blog like No One is Reading?

Seen on Twitter: “Dance like the photo’s not being tagged, Love like you’ve never been unfriended, Tweet like nobody’s following.” @postsecret from @bythebrooks (via @neilhimself).

Don’t you wonder what people have to say if they think no one will read it? Maybe that’s why some people quit blogging. If no one out there is responding, they’re not about to keep putting themselves out there. Blogs have great tracking features to tell you how many people read your post. Plus you can add feeds for subscribers to increase your readability.

But it doesn’t really bring in readers. What you write does. So is what you’re saying interesting enough to hold an audience? Only of people who personally know you? Not even then? Even if you have something interesting, humorous, or noteworthy, you might not capture the audience. Perhaps someone will repost one of your thoughts, but never come back again. [I am recently guilty of this.]

I just don’t read that many blogs. I haven’t yet found the time. It doesn’t mean I won’t find the time, especially if someone shares it directly with me, but my focus is toward writing: blogs slanted that way, books on the topic, books in genres I write, plus the writing and revision of my own work. It’s time consuming. I let it be that way.

Not that I don’t pay attention to my family. That’s where the rest of my time goes.

I’m not really under delusions about how many people read my blog. If I were WordPress would definitely burst my bubble. It’s not about what I’m trying to tell someone else, but it’s an expression of something I want to say. I think a blog ought to be something you want to do. I originally started one because it seemed like the thing writers do – they blog. Some do and some don’t. Some are successful and some aren’t. There is no one way to label a writer or a blog. The expert opinion is to do it if you like it, but that there are plenty of ways to reach an audience other than blogging if that’s the author’s preference.

It’s a long way to say: if you’re reading, thanks. It’s nice to know someone wants to read it. I’d probably still be blogging anyway – but it makes me happy.

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4 Comments

  1. Texasjune said,

    9 September 2011 at 08:53

    At least once a day I go to Readomattic. So many times I read a post and find the perfect message to me. I needed your words today! When I feel happy I could write all day, but when I feel depressed, I’m hesitant to write how I feel. I wonder if it really matters what we write – happy or sad. Seems to me there’s always consequences to everything – good or bad. Is a blog most beneficial to the writer or the reader? Am I willing to face anything I write on some tomorrow and feel embarrassment or humiliation if I then judge it to be ignorant? That is a problem for me, because I am my writing – at least on that day – until I grow another day older and subject to more information that adjusts the way I think.

  2. ransomnoble said,

    9 September 2011 at 09:06

    Good point. I’m glad you caught my words today. You give me more to think about for the day, too. Good luck on your quest.

    Sent from my Samsung Interceptâ„¢

  3. Virginia said,

    9 September 2011 at 09:14

    Count me in, I do read your posts. What amazes me are the posts that, out of the blue attract readers. I do blog for myself but the stats do make it more interesting. Happy Writing!

  4. ransomnoble said,

    9 September 2011 at 10:24

    Thanks, Virginia. I do see you from time to time. Your presence is always appreciated! I’m also amazed about what attracts readers from seemingly out of nowhere. It’s wonderful and thought provoking.


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