I am relatively new at blogging, at least new at blogging consistently. I dabbled in it for several years, but only recently began to write on a frequent basis. And I’ve learned by reading other blogs and help and how to guides that bloggers are a lot like teenage girls — they crave feedback and approval. They want to be popular, have a lot of followers, have a lot of likes. What’s the point of taking the risk of putting your words and thoughts out there in cyberspace if not to get some positive feedback in return?
There is a lot of advice out there on how to get more readers, including to focus your blogs. Blog on a theme, to specialize. Like blog about desserts or cooking. Or blog about gaming. Or blog about children. Or blog about gaming that includes cooking desserts for children.
Well, that advice doesn’t help me at all. I don’t focus or specialize at anything.
What am I an expert at?
**Crickets chirp. Minutes pass. Silence is king.**
I know the most about being me, living my life. I wouldn’t even say that I specialize at being me. There are more times than I wish that I would like to send in a substitute player for myself to live my life for the day while I stay home and watch true crime. The sub surely couldn’t make any worse decisions during that 24 hour period than I do. Maybe they would even make better ones. Bonus!
So, I may never have thousands of followers or be voted Blog High School Homecoming Queen because there apparently isn’t a big group of followers for “middle-aged Southerner writing about her days”. But frankly, I would rather read about the things that I find interesting than chocolate cakes or battling asteroids. Oh, but if it were asteroids made of chocolate cake–that I would find interesting. And handy to just walk outside and pick up cake.
UPDATE: I’ve been informed that asteroids don’t hit the earth often, and if they do, it’s not good, i.e. that movie “Armageddon”. I was envisioning little chocolate cake asteroids floating down, like manna. Apparently, I need to be following some science blogs.
I love this post. I write about any random thing that comes into my head in my posts. I don’t have a theme and recently someone commented that I have the Seinfeld blog (the blog about nothing). I found this to be a huge compliment (I love Seinfeld)!
Just write about what you think and how you feel and asteroids made of chocolate cake!
I’ve always wanted a substitute player for me as well. If you ever find out how to do it, please let me know 😀
I adore Seinfeld, so that is a huge compliment to your blog. And really, I found that they talked about everything on that show: oral sex? Check. Library books? Check. Lobster bisque? Check. It was a show about everything.
Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll swing by and check out what’s going on with you!
I’m in the same boat – no focus or particular theme. I’m at a point where I’m not sure even why I’m doing it or if it’s a fit for a writing career under construction. It’s a pretty decent investment of time and energy. I could use an asteroid-sized chocolate cake right about now. Good luck!
I love the feedback (I have to stand up and admit, “hi, my name is Cristy and I am a feedback junkie”) but I mainly write to get the words out of my head. There is a lyric in the song “Breathe” by Anna Nalick “2AM and I’m still awake, writing a song, if I get it all down on paper, It’s no longer inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to.”. That’s how I feel frequently about what I write–have to expel it.
Would love some cake myself.
I love your blogs. I am a little cyberspace illiterate; therefore, I didn’t realize the purpose is for feedback. I thought is was for reader enjoyment only. Now that I am an informed blog reader, you will not have to guess whether I like them. I promise to tell you in the future. Many days your blog is the highlight of my day!
Feedback is definitely appreciated, but you don’t have to comment on every blog. That would make this too much like a book report. Shudder.
Great point, and I didn’t realize that but I totally agree, we are all like a bunch of teenage girls! Thanks for the post!
Scary thought — that many teenage girls!