Wow. This was over 10 years ago. I still haven’t found a following. I’m not good at that and my blog isn’t good enough to draw in readers based solely on content. I don’t think I’ve reached the goal of redeveloping my writing skills. I still stand by the final answer of writing what you know and what interests you. Also, I still think you shouldn’t stress about writing every day even though I do. I should take my own advice on stressing about readers.
I was tagged in the latest blog meme going around by baldgeekinmd. So, here goes:
How/why did you get into blogging:
Many moons ago a friend of mine started posting his book reviews and other musings on LiveJournal. I was interested in what he had to say, so I started reading and then set up an account so I could comment. I decided since I had an account I should start posting. Most of my posts there were rants about my personal life and family issues in general. After a while, I got tired of having a whiny online journal and stopped posting. My next blog I did for work and the 23 Things training and only posted what I had to for homework. It was a very boring blog and I stopped it as soon as I could. I started writing here because I still feel like I occasionally have something to say and want to have somewhere to say it. I also used to be a decent writer and have ignored writing for so long, that I seem to have lost the skill. I’m hoping writing here will help me redevelop my writing skills.
How Did I Gain an Audience?
I haven’t. I have my blog set up with FriendFeed and Twitter to announce a new post and I registered at BlogCatalog. Until recently my most read post was read 14 times. I recently posted thoughts on an issue in the religious community and it has been read 50 times. That and my TV reviews seem to be what people are interested in on my blog. Most of my hits on those came from tags. So, based on my experience, I would say tagging your blog posts will increase your readership quite a bit. It also helps to be writing about a topic of interest to the people reading blogs.
What advice would you give to new bloggers who want to make a name for themselves in the biblioblogosphere?
Being a new blogger myself, I’m not sure I can answer this one. I would say write what you know and within your interest areas. Don’t be afraid to go days without blogging if you have nothing to say. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a wide readership right away.
I think anyone who will read this and blogs will have already been tagged, so I tag no one.
I didn’t get any official notification from WordPress that it is today, but my Facebook memories told me that last year was 10 years on WordPress. My math is good enough to theorize that today would now be 11 years. 11 years of babbling about nothing. Before that I babbled a lot on LiveJournal, but under the name Demoncatch. I’ve been boring people online for years. Yay me.
As I enter the next year of blogging, I think maybe I should consider again the point of the blog.
Do I continue what I do which is post whatever pops in my head whenever I have time to do it even though it is not exactly a successful formula?
Do I veer more towards pop culture and media and do more TV/movie/book/music reviews, recaps, etc with a little more general pop culture thoughts thrown in?
Do I go back to posting more thoughts on current events, but take more time on crafting an essay and not just vomiting my thoughts out for 10 minutes and posting?
Do I just stop thinking about it and do whatever makes me happy because no matter what only about 20 people are going to read it anyway?
You would think after 11 years I would have more of a sense of what I want to do here.
I should probably wait until the end of the month so it’s officially mid-year, but I have a severe case of “I should write something but I have nothing to say” so I am going to revisit times this year when I posted and people read. Maybe you will find one you missed.
Here are the boring stats – 4611 views, 2748 visitors, 1265 likes, 383 comments. Very small numbers for most, but not too shabby for me.
Where are these visitors from? Mostly the US, but the UK, India, and Canada all hit three figures so far.
Today should have been the day I was able to write a decent post. I work 1-9. I had all morning. I was not in the right head space to write this morning. I got out of the house and got coffee and read my book for a while, but it didn’t help. So, instead, here are the five posts that have been viewed the most over the past 365 days.
Photos from my trip to Philadelphia for the Public Library Association Conference. Likely the most viewed because I shared it in the conference’s Facebook group. There is a video in there of me at the ax throwing fundraiser.
I recently hit 200 followers on this blog. I would like to say welcome to the new followers and also I’m sorry for the inevitable disappointment you will feel when you read my posts regularly. There are some people I follow who start a blog and 6 months later they have a gazillion followers. I would like to meet all of these bloggers in person so I can punch them in the face.
I drove down to a local shopping center today to get lunch and buy a gallon of milk. Every single 4 way/all way/ 3 way stop was a practice in frustration as people sat and waited because no one knows how it works and so nobody drove. This includes the people who are coming in to the shopping center and are not supposed to stop. It’s really not that hard. Why don’t people know how to do this? I’m not sure what confuses people more a 4 way stop or a traffic circle. It is really annoying.
My library is about to announce who they have hired as our new CEO. I went to a meet and greet with the candidates where I talked to each of them in a group setting for 10 minutes. So, of course, I think I know exactly who they should hire. Why would I trust the people who have interviewed them all twice and have seen their resumes. My gut feeling is obviously better than actual work, right? I am trying to remind myself not to really think this way when they announce the CEO. I’m sure they will make the right choice regardless of who I liked best in a very causal, brief meeting(but I’m sure I’m right).
We upgraded our TV service recently and now I can record u to six shows at a time and twice as much can be saved as before. I know this seems excessive, but for someone like me who gets more excited about the network upfronts than they do the Oscars this is big. I can finally sample all of the random new shows that air without juggling my recording schedule. Maybe I will try writing a few reviews even though I suck at writing reviews.
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.
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 –
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The top referrers to my blog were Facebook, WordPress Reader, The Bloggess and Twitter