What I posted a few days ago did stir a ripple or two among my readers and that is perfect, because what in the heck is blogging all about if not a communal mind meld...aka Spock now and again?
The prior post may have sounded more down than I wanted. I AM a happy person. I am in the prime of my life just like Jean Brody, but I also feel the ups and down of this roller coaster ride that I am on and I do feel I am missing something.
One of my readers made a comment in response to my last post that among her goals she had hoped her blog would be more powerful, would reach more readers, would affect more minds. What a really cool idea. I had never thunk that! I probably would not have even started writing this blog if my goal had been that interesting and powerful. I would have been way too intimidated thinking I might reach hundreds or thousands of readers. I had the mind set that if a few read it and no one commented, that was jolly fine with me. I was writing for myself anyway. I would re-read posts and check over my shoulder at past ideas and learn something from my digital musings. (Besides in the very beginning of blogging when everyone, not just writers, was out there testing the waters, I had a few brief cross-postings with some rather 'liberal' young people and their subject matter was, well, I had long ago left that place in my life, so I quietly shut the door on that and assumed their blogging was more about shocking and testing the shocks than thinking. I even got to the point where I linked them to some "safety" products.)
But, other readers did show up as the year moved on! Readers did comment! And when I ventured out and commented on others' blogs I got even more comments. I started to write for my readers and not for me so much. But I soon learned that I had not entered this medium just to comment and write and then see what people said back. It is too important to treat it so shallowly. I have come to realize the personalities of some of the other bloggers and find that my feelings force me to comment on their blogs. I think that is much of the key, getting the essence of the blogger's soul.
I decided to review the history of my posts and the two top ones which each got thousands of views were titled: "Did You Know...any of these Thursday 13? #37 in a Boring Series" and "Bloody Murder at Tabor's Yard."
Besides being very poorly written titles, I am not sure why they were viewed at all, except for the bloody murder. I am sure if I had put s*x in any of the post titles that would have been really popular.
I have found when people get very personal, discovered a serious illness, have some tragedy in their family or with themselves, the comments do soar for a bit. This does not mean that the good writers fail to get comments in the three figures almost always and do not have to be fighting cancer to do that. But blogging is a crap shoot. I mean you have to be funny, sexy, and at least a little youthful to draw a crowd these days.
My readers also suggested in response to the prior post that should I make a list of what I want to change or do. I am working on that. And if it gets solidified I will share. Even if it fails, I will share that also, because then the replies will grow in number ;-)
Anyway, today is very spring-like so I should at least clean the deck. I,