There was a time, actually it was in March of 2013 when I started this blog, that I would have killed for a reblog. I would browse the popular sites I found through google search and links, and I would gawk at their numbers, views, and the number of times people shared their posts. I would pay attention to the fact some bloggers responded to comments while others didn’t, and some bloggers posted at higher frequencies. From observing other people I formulated the type of blogger I wanted to be and that is how we all do it.
Today I have a small audience I have built over the past few years. In those years I was working a graveyard shift and could afford to pour countless hours into meeting as many bloggers as I could. That’s the difference for most people and the difference between my blog and others. I never went viral, my blog is not shared on some major news outlet and no one has helped me to grow my stats. In all reality the interaction you see here happens because I interact back and get out into the mix. I’m on other blogs reading, commenting, and sharing posts on.
I don’t press the like button much. I never have, but I really stopped pressing it this past year due to external galactic restrictions. I gained my small audience by following and visiting a ton of blogs. When I comment, even when my blog was fresh and new, I would normally share the post as a reblog as well because I honestly don’t comment unless I really like it. So why not share it. And sometimes, if I’m on a blog of a blogger I like, I’ll have to search through several posts before I find one I want to share. I do that extra work because that’s how you generate that type of relationship back.
Followers. We love this word and we hate this word. I have always been fond of saying I have “online connections” myself. I also have found people that have liked at least one thing I’ve written and that’s what it is all about. A post is a hard sale. You have to impress them without overly impressing and overwhelming them, to the right word count but not too much, and hoping to see their face again after you have watched their virtual behind leave your virtual world. That is blogging and I don’t have tips for what you blog. I change what I do here constantly and I write different things because it amuses me to kill letters. I don’t normally write on the hot topics and I love lists because lists are cool and if you disagree with that you are probably uncool.
My point is that true growth, growth that will grow with your blog comes from interaction. If you want tips on going viral ask Gary or Linda.
I know my website spits out a ton of email and I won’t apologize for that. I am here to grow and to grow a community around me. That’s blogging to me and that’s what I find to be the most fun. I want people to point in this direction, to my virtual blogosphere and say “that’s HarsH ReaLiTy over there. That’s where Jason writes.”
Jason Chandler Cushman