Don’t care so much

Do you care how many people read your blog?

At one point I cared a lot. I poured countless hours creating highways back to my little space so that my space was known.

I contemplated numbers, strategized more than I did that time I thought I’d figured out the formula to the lottery. I was really ready to make it big… like Huffington post big (inside joke).

Now a days about ten people probably read this blog and that’s a small cry from the numbers it brought in the first few years. Some might find that depressing, a real fall from Olympus type of feeling. For me it’s more of a mini vacation from what I knew and used to thrive on.

Why do you write? Is it the number of likes, the number of views, the comments that come to egg you on?

Or do you feel the urge to move your fingers as your thoughts form. Do you find your phone is like a gun ready to fire off the shots blasting from your mind? If you do, you’re like me. We need an outlet or the words just ping pong inside our head till we go crazy. Till we explode and go insane.

Why do we write?

It’s a question I ask myself daily and it’s a question I answer with each post.

Blog on.

-OM

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41 thoughts on “Don’t care so much

  1. Now you’ve got me wondering what happened with Huff Post! Sounds sinister. I remember we started out blogging on WordPress around the same time. Blogging seems so different now. It’s like there’s a force stopping us from finding readers….my theory is that distribution is not the same. Why do I write? Same as you…need an outlet.

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  2. True. I just think when we get to the point that we are so enamored with numbers that we become nacissistic. We all deal with pride and narcissism to a degree, but we certainly don’t need to feed it. As my fourteen year old said to me yesterday, “Humility is a must so hubris doesn’t take over.”

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  3. I have to tell you, I used to think the same thing about the numbers! When my twin sister passed away in June 2014, I was writing a lot of blog posts about the situation. I had so many people from all over the world reading my little blog. Not so much now and that’s alright with me.

    I write just to write. I write because I’m a Pastor and I want to get a message across for my people at my church mostly. My writing helps me to formulize the messages better. I get to choose my words more wisely if I write manuscripts or blog posts just because it helps me to think through the Scriptures. It helps me to be a better speaker…at least I hope it does.

    OM, I appreciate the honesty of this post. I concur.

    DJG

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  4. Don’t care so much or care too much with our writing? Blogging is a new thing for me and I don’t have clear plan. Your article inspire me write and reblog whatever I think worth to read. Thank you.

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  6. I like low numbers. Low numbers mean less annoying comments, for the most part.

    If I wanted to deal with “You’re clearly wrong, BLAH BLAH BLAH!”, I would have spoken on Twitter or Facebook.

    Me and you have had some interesting clashes in the past though lol.

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  7. When I first started my blog, I didn’t think about making it big; if anything, I was lucky to have more than 10 likes and a couple of comments on each post. But then I decided to challenge myself to daily blogging, which resulted in an explosion in followers. The pressure to maintain the fame got to me, and I ended up writing subpar posts that, while still attracting lots of people, I didn’t feel proud of publishing. I ended up taking a year-long break and recently returned to consistent blogging (albeit writing 1-2 times per week now), but now I don’t pull in the same numbers as I had before. But I will say I feel happier, as I feel my posts are better quality and I enjoy writing again. I’ve come to realize that I don’t want to be famous in blogging– if it happens, so be it. But I’ll just write what I want to write, for myself and not for the public. Thanks for the insight!

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  8. It would be nice if my blog made it big, but even when I had a regular posting schedule, I hardly had anything to show for it. It felt like a full time job I wasn’t getting paid for. I write my thoughts, stories, and entertainment criticism. The entertainment criticism is where I thought my blog would help me get somewhere career wise, but now, I’m not so sure. It probably doesn’t help that everybody and their mother has an entertainment blog, but I don’t really know what else to blog about …

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  9. I write as a creative outlet. It feels nice when people like what I write and I hope they read it through. I haven’t really thought much about my “audience” but I’m certain they’re out there, whether they find me is an entirely different question. It really doesn’t matter, I’m not trying to reach them. and it’s above my pay grade.

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  10. I’ve never had a large number of readers, followers, yes, but actual people who open a post and read? No. I think my high point was 50 (for a post, not a day). I used to check daily to see the numbers, now I rarely do. I feel the need to teach, to explain, which is why I post.

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  11. Finding the purpose of why it is that we’re writing, it’s not a short process, but, eventually, we come to realize, that we’re writing, NOT to appease to anybody else who may come onto our sites, but, merely to, express our own opinions on various things, because we realized, that we can’t, appease to everybody who comes to read our writings on our websites.

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  12. I began blogging the same way that you did. I expected tens of thousands of followers all waiting with bated breath for my next sage-like words of wisdom. Obviously, a rather large and lucrative ad revenue followed. Alas, 10 years on, that is not the case and I am lucky if one of my posts attracts double figures in ‘likes’. Now, I just share things that inspire me and hope they will have the same affect on anyone that cares to read them. Great post, thank you.

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    • I don’t think I had any grand illusions about my blog, but I have to admit I would like more than 5/6 followers.:D I started it with the hope to chronicle my journey of growth, learning and impact of getting an education has on my writing and me as a whole!:) Hope you do really well. 🙂

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  13. I write to hopefully help people grow in faith but I’d be lying to say I’m not a little click bitch either. I’d like to monetize at some point and pay off my student loans.

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  14. I write stories because I have to get them out. These days, though, I write on my blog in hopes of helping people connect. Which I know you used to do, too. And you did a damned good job of it.
    Too bad about that Huff Post thing.

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