Why a Single View Matters

I value it all. I value views, interaction, engagement, likes, and shares on any platform. I work hard at my blog daily. Far harder than most bloggers do and I take it seriously because of that. I understand some bloggers are here for the “fun” of it. Fun left my blog a long time ago. What replaced “fun” was hard work, perseverance, theory, and future goals. I understand that we all have different ways of blogging… but it still amuses me that with all the differences people proclaim to have about their views on blogging we still share many similar goals and wants. The way we reach those goals is uniquely connected to our personal drive.

It is OK to value the single view. It is OK to value ALL the views actually. There are some bloggers that will claim this “takes away from the purity of blogging.” Those people make an unfair statement because their goals for blogging aren’t the goals shared by everyone. Their view of blogging in general doesn’t match mine either. The first thing people need to realize on social media is that even though we may all claim the same hobby that doesn’t mean we are all doing the exact same thing. We aren’t.

I find it amusing when people comment and say how much they want interaction on their blog, but they also admit they don’t engage other bloggers much. I’ve always wanted to be a professional fly fisher. Unfortunately I’ve never fly fished before… so that makes it kind of hard. If you want interaction you must give it or be prepared to share stuff most people wouldn’t want to just to go viral. I have yet to find a way to gain engagement from an audience without also giving it back. When you figure out that trick let me know people.

Yes, we ALL want comments and dialogue on our blog. What we all aren’t prepared to do is to work for that goal though. Bloggers still sit back and wait/hope to go viral. I am not sure if this attitude is due to laziness or a false hope that people actually care that much about your daily life. They don’t. They only care when they feel a relationship and they won’t feel that relationship while you stay inside your bubble. You have to make them care. You can be the best undiscovered writer in the world and no one will ever know it if you never share that fact with other people. Not unless you happen to get Freshly Pressed that is.

The single view matters to me because you never know who that view will come from. It could be your next big fan, a book agent, a publicist, or someone that will impact you much further than that single view. I work hard for each view, comment, and like on my blog because I don’t receive the handouts that many bloggers get. I’m not that lucky. I share and thank others for sharing my stuff constantly and I never take it for granted. The exact same way I never take the single view for granted either and I will always value them. Those views are how a platform are started and created. What do you think I am doing online each day?

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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99 thoughts on “Why a Single View Matters

  1. Reblogged this on Alfonzo Words and commented:

    hahah! this post is so spot on & hopefully an eye opener for peeps.
    I saw this reblogged by one of my fav bloggers 200 Saturdays Until Paris. She gave you high praise so I had to read it.
    This post is awesome & came at a perfect time too since I just reached 100k pageviews per month on my blogspot site. It’s been my goal since I started blogging this April. The journey has been amazing & enlightening so this post is a brilliant reminder to remain humble & thank everyone who’s helped me get there.
    From the beginning & from what I could see, the truly great bloggers all give back. Even the really famous & busy ones. ThePositiveMom for instance, I commented & shared a few of her posts coz I really enjoy her content. She took the time to do the same for me & we’ve been friends ever since. She’s just been nominated for #Latism16 Lifestyle blogger for the second year in a row.

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  2. hahah! this post is so spot on & hopefully an eye opener for peeps.
    I saw this reblogged by one of my fav bloggers 200 Saturdays Until Paris. She gave you high praise so I had to read it.
    This post is awesome & came at a perfect time too since I just reached 100k pageviews per month on my blogspot site. It’s been my goal since I started blogging this April. The journey has been amazing & enlightening so this post is a brilliant reminder to remain humble & thank everyone who’s helped me get there.
    From the beginning & from what I could see, the truly great bloggers all give back. Even the really famous & busy ones. ThePositiveMom for instance, I commented & shared a few of her posts coz I really enjoy her content. She took the time to do the same for me & we’ve been friends ever since. She’s just been nominated for #Latism16 Lifestyle blogger for the second year in a row.

    Thank you for this insightful read, I totally agree with your view point.

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  4. I’m pretty new to blogging – getting a ‘like’ and even better a ‘comment’ feels brilliant. I’m up to 40+ followers which I’m excited about but am beginning to panic slightly about how I’ll be able to continue to interact as the following increases – I’ll do my best to keep trying though… I’m in awe that you are able to interact with so many followers!

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  5. I like your new layout BTW; easier on the eyes. I am in full agreement with your testimonial! I believe I should try to preconcieve what peoples main interests are, and talk about those. But more, I should go beyond what they see and bring them to a new understanding. To me at least, this is what makes blogging worthwhile; pushing my own boundaries.

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  6. There are so many people out there that blog almost as a personal diary hoping someone will stumble along and find it one day. I don’t take that approach either. I tweet, Facebook share, and everything else I can think of to get my content out to my readers. I’ve gotten too many e-mails about how much my blog has helped individual parents not to do everything I can to push my content as far as possible to reach those who need it most.
    To me, every view matters because it’s one more person who knows they’re not alone battling medical issues with their children. It took me a year to find a supportive community of other parents going through the same struggles I went through. I don’t want it to take that long for anyone else, ever again.

    -Ashley
    http://strugglingtothrive.com

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  7. Very well put Jason. You are a professional blogger. Not sure where you find all the time, I can only dip my toe in the water and then rush off to work so I can earn the wherewithal to feed all the wolves that come barking at the door. Every once in awhile I get to wade in. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to swim with the whales like you. Well done on your hard work.

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  9. Missed the birth of your blog by a bit over two months, but it’s still within a quarter, so a belated happy blog-birthday to you, OM. True about you never know how a post will take. One you might spend a lot of time on might have a smattering of likes, while one simple drivel might take off like a streaker down the street. One never knows, but hey, what the hay . . . keep on bloggin’!

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  10. Oh Jason, I could kiss your Korean cheeks right now. I posted something akin to blogging relationships a little while ago and I am happy to read this. What you put in, is what you get out. Everybody is busy trying to get on with their lives and for you to matter you must work to make yourself matter.

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  11. That’s funny, I’ve never considered something I wrote would go viral. Then again when I see things that do, I think you just never know which post will make it. I get excited over every bit of action my blog gets. I don’t even know what makes the people that follow me do so but I’m humbled they do. I don’t let my views sway what I write but they do fuel me to keep going. I agree that you have to blog unto others as you would have others blog unto you😉

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  12. How often do you visit the blogs of the people who interact with your blog? Considering how many are following you at this point, that would take a very long time!🙂

    I really do enjoy your blog, keep up the good work!

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  13. Jason, you do it very well. It’s visible that you work on your blog and you value every of your follower, it’s very important! I am also trying to do the same, maybe it’s not always successful, but I do my best! My followers, whom I consider as friends, are people who exactly make me feel happy, without them nothing is important. I know I am not doing enough, but I hope one day I can improve! I guess your followers know how hard you work and respect you for that!

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  14. Words to the wise, as usual, Jason. As I mentioned when we chatted a while ago, I’ve had to focus on my day job and I’ve neglected the blogosphere. And it shows on my blog. However, that said, into my third blogging year, I’m gratified that there is a little bit of momentum which means that I get the odd view when my eye’s not on the ball. That, however, does not mean that I can rest on my laurels. Far from it, it shows that you only get back what you give – as you say.

    Thanks as always for keeping us on the straight and narrow :p

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  15. I’m so curious as to who those “single people” reading my blog are! I have readers in over 70 countries… in many of the countries, I have only one reader there… but I am SO curious how they found me! (although some have been form your blog:)

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  16. So very true–and something I struggle with. I love to read and engage, but I also feel like I am drowning with all that I need to read, keep up on, and connect with. Consequently, my blog–that I do work very hard on–feels like it’s its own little island in a world of much bigger countries. But I keep working at it because I am a writer. Even if I’m not a writer who is read much.

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  17. Thanks, for this, Jason. I have been working very hard on my blog as well. I say that and am just coming off a week where I did not write a single post and only browsed a little in the blogosphere. Reasons don’t matter. But I was very surprised to see that even without me “here”, my blog was getting modest attention.
    Reading your post, I am thinking that is because I DO read and comment on a lot of other blogs as often as I can. I tweet about them, reblog and just enjoy what is out there. Blogging isn’t for the meek, that is for sure, it is a lot of (figurative) blood, sweat and tears!

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  18. never just get comfortable cruising.People need to engage more you are totally right.I’m still navigating my way in the blog world – I too put all my effort into it but I always make sure I take the time to chekc out how other bloggers are doing and be interested. I think the best way to succeed in the blogging world when you are a newbie like moi – communicate, communicate, read and take on other peoples posts, find time to work out the niggly bits of word press and your own content – vary it – mix it up but always stay true to what your mind and heart is thinking. good post. :0

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  19. All of this is so true Jason. It takes time to build a blog people want to engage with and it’s all reciprocal. I never take any of my readers for granted, I love the connections and friendships that are made through our blogs. But as they say, it takes two to tango. If you don’t reciprocate the connection slowly fades out.

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  20. This is a great post Jason I am very happy that you did bring up this “One single view totally matter” and I cannot be more agree with you! I do work really hard for my Blog daily hours sometimes I feel that my days are to short because as an artist I also need to produce my Art which is my livelihood but I wont neglet my Blog they comes together my Blog is my window open to the world! I reply to each comment I receive because I value the person that took their precious time to stopping by and have the kindness to leave a comment letting me know that they loved what I am doing! That is the most wonderful feeling that people engaging with you can give.🙂

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