How to Fail at Blogging(Like Me!)

There are plenty of posts out there about being a successful blogger. This one will show you how to fail. Enjoy!

Start a Blog and then Ignore it For Years – I signed up for WordPress a long, long time ago. I posted a few times a year and never really thought about it. I started posting regularly a couple of years ago.

Once You Start Posting, Be Inconsistent – When I say I post regularly, what I really mean is that I post more often. There is noting regular about my posts. If you want to be sure no one will read your blog post at odd times, on different days and with no regularity at all. No one will ever know when to look for one of your posts.

Don’t Find a Niche – Be stubborn like me and post about random stuff with no consistency. One day it is politics, the next television. No one will know what they will get and many of your readers won’t be interested in the majority of your posts.

Don’t Publicize Yourself – Sure, have your blog post to Facebook and Twitter, but then just leave it alone. Don’t reshare much because you don’t want to annoy people. Bonus points if you do reshare in the most annoying way possible or by inserting yourself in a Facebook or Twitter conversation.

Be Bad at Interacting with Other Bloggers – Follow blogs, read them, but never feel like you have anything to add to the conversation so don’t comment. Get busy and then stop reading the other blogs for a while. Or better yet, don’t follow any other blogs at all. You don’t need them. You can do it all alone.

Write Really Fast About 15 Minutes Before You Leave For Work – Don’t stop to think about what you are saying. Don’t research topics at all. Don’t edit. Just type and post. People love error ridden, stream of consciousness posts. Occasionally forget to give the post a title before publishing. That’s professional level work right there.

Be Generally Bad at Writing – If you are really good at writing, you might do all of this and accidentally get an audience based on talent alone. The only way to ensure the lack of success at my level is to be an untalented hack.

If you follow these tried and true methods you too can have a mediocre, unnoticed blog. Good Luck!

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Another Boring Look at Blog Stats

Stumbled upon this table on my stats page. I can’t believe I started this thing way back in 2008. As you can see, I did not really post regularly until 2016.  I’ve already posted more this year than I did in the entirety of 2010 and 2011. I’m happy to see that my average comments and likes per post are steadily rising. It would be sad to write more and not get more likes and comments. My average words per post this year seems low, but I have done a couple of the photo challenge posts, so that could explain that.
I know I’m the only person who actually cares about all of this, but I like to see numbers that show that I might eventually get better at this.
Also – Less than 200 words in this post. That won’t help that average.
Annual Site Stats
Year Total Posts Total Comments Avg Comments per Post Total Likes Avg Likes per Post Total Words Avg Words per Post
2008 35 23 0.7 2 0.1 7481 213.7
2009 24 21 0.9 0 0 6094 253.9
2010 8 6 0.8 2 0.3 1867 233.4
2011 15 5 0.3 3 0.2 3606 240.4
2012 42 28 0.7 18 0.4 9159 218.1
2013 51 49 1 18 0.4 14370 281.8
2014 56 27 0.5 25 0.4 14300 255.4
2015 32 45 1.4 31 1 11121 347.5
2016 101 176 1.7 246 2.4 37957 375.8
2017 159 411 2.6 958 6 51320 322.8
2018 18 62 3.4 177 9.8 4799 266.6

Some Quick Tater Thoughts

I don’t seem to have it in me to write a long thought on anything lately. Here are a few quick thoughts on random things.

Blog Envy – I follow a few blogs that have existed for a year or less and they have posted that they already have thousands of followers. I’ve been posting regularly for over a year(the blog has existed way longer) and I still have not even hit 200 followers. Obviously, I am not good at building an audience. I don’t foresee that changing. I will continue to be happy to hit 500 views for the month That seems a reasonable goal for me.

Teenagers – I used to work with a church youth group. I was in my 20’s and 30’s and had no teens of my own. I taught middle school Sunday School, went to and sometimes led the youth group meetings, went to summer camps and winter retreats, etc. I then took a long time off after we changed churches and my kids entered youth group. I have chaperoned a youth trip each winter now for a few years and just did it again this past weekend. It is very different going as a parent and not knowing most of the teens on the trip. It’s more fun when you know the kids well and they want to spend time with you(or at least pretend they do)

Winter – We keep getting little nuisance snows. I have not had a snow day yet. I got to go home early one day. I really need a snow day. This winter is not cooperating.

Super Bowl – I will watch the Super Bowl. I always watch the Suer Bowl. I will be cheering for the Eagles this year not because I like them, but because I really don’t like the Patriots. I will be more interested in the commercials this year than the game. I hope they don’t disappoint me.

State of the Union – I never watch. I read the speech the next day in the paper. I will do the same this year. I will be watching Kentucky basketball instead.

That’s all I’ve got. Off to work.

 

My Year in Blogging

I’ve decided to start my yearly wrap up posts early this year. If I can remember what I did this year, I will do my personal year in review this week as well. Sometime around New Year’s Day I will do my year in reading post. This is a nice lazy “post my blog stats and top posts” blog post.

According to WordPress I have 5,582 views, 3,190 visitors, 914 likes and 403 comments in 2017. I know these numbers are very small for the more popular bloggers, but for a sad little blog like mine it is pretty darn good. Y’all need to work harder to get those numbers up next year. I trust you can do it if you try hard enough.

The majority of my views have come from the USA(4575) but Canada, United Kingdom. and India came in in triple digits this year. Good job other countries!

People found me with the following search terms –

  • survivor debbies delusions
  • debbie survivor delusional
  • being awkward is cool washington post
  • tater takes.com
  • i don’t believe in guilty pleasures
  • washington post date lab
  • clean and sober i’m just a little bit smarter and a hole lot older
  • world thoughts lyrics
  • tater brackets

The top referrers to my blog were Facebook, WordPress Reader, The Bloggess and Twitter

My most read post was On Marches and Life with 101 views.

There you have it. My year in blogging. I thought about posting my top 5 read posts, but that seemed too much like a desperate attempt at more clicks.

 

 

Calling it Quits on the Month of Tater

I proclaimed this the month of Tater. I was going to write something every day this month. I did pretty good for a while. I’m not sure the posts were quality post, but they were posts.  The further in to the month I got, the less I found I had to say. I started doing as little as possible to fulfill the post a day promise.

I cheated a couple of times and reblogged an old post with a new paragraph to introduce it.

I used being in NYC as an excuse to skip a weekend of writing.

I posted about NYC with mostly pictures.

I participated in the weekly photo challenge with a picture I had just posted in the NYC post.

I did a post that was just a list of Christmas shows I watch.

I’ve now skipped another day.

Now I’m sitting here thinking I should post before I go to church and I have nothing I want to write about.

It’s obvious I am not meant to post every day. So, I’m calling it quits on the month of Tater. I will go back to writing only when I feel like I have a post in me. That might mean some months I only post a couple of times. It might mean a post every day.  It might mean I eventually give up and quit the blog altogether(probably not). I will try to help myself by possibly going back to my weekly wrap up posts on Friday. Maybe I will finally write another life as a jailbrarian post. Maybe one day I will actually look in to writing for someone who will pay me(not likely anyone would want me). I’m just not going to force it again. It’s not like I’m ever going to make a living with this, so way make it seem like a job.

 

500th Post!

It’s a milestone here at Tater World Headquarters. We(in the royal sense) have reached our 500th post and we couldn’t have done it without you, our faithful reader. Well, I could have done it without readers, but it would be kind of pointless to write a 500th post if no one had read th first 499. So, thank you for being here and for reading my posts. Now, go buy me gifts to celebrate my milestone. Or, click here to send me a donation to support my blogging habit.

In retrospect, I should have saved my Me Now vs Me Then post for now. That would have been a good post for post 500. Now, I’ve got nothing. I’m so good at this.

There might be a break in the month of Tater tomorrow as I will be in NYC watching Hamilton tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for pictures and reports from the city Sunday or Monday.

To make up for the lack of a decent post for number 500, feel free to go back and read some of my better posts(if such a thing exists)

Halfway There

We have reached the midpoint of the Month of Tater, the month of me posting every day even if I have nothing to say. Here are a few observations:

I can’t write every day. My life isn’t interesting enough to fill posts with anecdotes from my day. I don’t have enough to say on topics to have a full post every day. Sometimes I have things to say about a topic, but I don’t write because for various reasons. The is the last month I will do the write every day thing unless there is a 30 day writing challenge that interests me.

My readership has changed. Until just recently almost all of the clicks on my blog came via Facebook. The only people reading my posts were people I knew from real life. I had the occasional reader from random google searches, but basically my friends and family read what I wrote. Over the past couple of months my clicks from Facebook have steadily gone down and my clicks from WordPress reader and other blogs have increased. The more I write, the less the people who know me read. The more I write and participate in the blogging world, the more other bloggers read.

The more I write, the less I read. The time I spend writing in the morning is time I used to spend reading. That, coupled with my last book I read not being great, has really slowed down my reading lately. I’ve got way too many books from the library and not enough time to read them.

In summary, I’m just as anxious for the month of Tater to be over as you are.