I think we simply like to know someone else is caring to share in the moment with us. But what moment are they living? My reader is full of the lives of others and sometimes during my busy day I pause my life to see what the world is doing. Not the world that my government wants me to see or a corporation. Not the world I walk each day. The worlds you all walk and the people you talk to. The endless boundary of ideas that surrounds the social network that was created when networking online started.
When I began my blog in 2013 I had two goals. They were 50,000 subscribers and 1,000,000 views which I reached. Koreans tend to reach their goals.
Life moves on. I will admit at some point I thought I would add my “blog” to my resume and work in the media industry. There are possibilities out there and opportunities in those fields in the States, and if you have the will and drive to want that type of job you can find it.
Not at this point in my life. I currently work in IT for my day job and I blog as a hobby. Trudy at http://www.rendezvousennewyork.com/ asked me “well what is your goal with your blog?” It is a bit unclear. I enjoy just having it at this point. It kind of feels like standing back for a bit after the labor portion has been done. I am also extremely busy with my day job.
And then I check my sites I use because it is routine to check them at least weekly. I see my hard work dying and it hurts inside. I was talking to Danny at https://dreambigdreamoften.co/ about how it feels when we see our stats drop.
You see we do care about our stats because that is part of blogging to us. That is what made it fun for me during my graveyard shift those two years. How many people could I meet and blogs could I visit? How many connections could be made if you really tried, really grinded it out. I have no clue how I found it on my phone, but my phone gave me a number my website could never display. Linda from https://lindaghill.com/ asked me once how many blogs my blog was connected to and I really didn’t know at the time. I do now Linda!
Networking was a goal for me and was a part of blogging. The writing was separate.
That is how I viewed blogging and honestly still do. The numbers matter for those of us that care to get our hard work in front of as many faces as we can because those readers are why we are doing this. We learn tricks and tips to push and pull our posts, and that is all blogging. Sharing, caring, connecting and blogging to pass the time.
I hope everyone is having fun blogging in their own way.
Jason C. Cushman