Wit without Wisdom

On Being a Terrible Blogger

Empty conference room with high desk and whiteboard (3D Renderin

They say—and honestly, I don’t know who “they” are, but everyone seems to think “they” are wise—that as a writer, your blog should have both purpose and formula. In other words, as the writer/blogger, I’m not just here to “talk.” I am here to gain something. I believe the something would be some or all of the following:

1. Followers

2. Interaction/Comments

3. Email Addresses

4. Shares

5. Book Sales

Hmmm

I suck at this.

Maybe it’s because I started blogging, simply because I like to write. My other, abandoned blog nightmirrors.wordpress.com began before I had given thought to writing a novel. I just wanted to write about horror and it seemed like a fun and interesting way to do it.

Or maybe it’s because I spend my day in marketing, thinking about opens, click throughs, links, and impressions. When I get here, I don’t want it to feel like work.

I mean don’t get me wrong, it would be nice to have 2k followers, be a Linked In Influencer, or watch a post go viral. But when I sit down to write a blog—I just don’t think about those things. For me, this truly is an on-line journal. The post you see are pretty much my raw thoughts on whatever struck me that day or that week.

I don’t receive a lot of comments, but of course I never remember to ask a question at the end of my blog. It’s not that I don’t want your opinion…it’s just that I think of you like me…I never have to be asked for my opinion to share it.

They say you’re supposed to collect email address too. I don’t know what I would do with them if I did collect them. I guess I could have more pen-pals. I might start a newsletter except isn’t that what this blog is for?

And as far as book sales, well you know I write books, I’m not going to hound you to read them.

Maybe its a Gen X thing. I grew up with books, magazines, and newspapers. We didn’t interact with those things. They didn’t end with a question, there was nothing to input, and sharing would have looked like littering.

All that aside, I still feel like we’re talking. Well, mostly I’m talking and you’re listening—maybe laughing every so often, or nodding, or thinking…this guy may be crazy I’m so glad he doesn’t have my email address.

Where I do excel, however, is with my Spam friends. These guys are really great. They interact a lot with my blog. And I find their thoughtful comments inspiring. Their compliments make the effort so worth it.

Here are some of my favorites:

Puis marchez 20 à 30 pas dans la pièce ou relevez et abaissez lentement la tête tout en retenant votre

respiration et en vous pinçant le nez.

Okay, that one is a bad example. I don’t know what my French friend is saying….But this commenter certainly knows his stuff:

It’s an remarkable post in support of all the web people; they will get benefit from it I

am sure.

And this comment made me consider adding my home phone number to my posts:

Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.

Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! However, how

could we communicate?

And this is what I was talking about. The real reward to blogging is helping others as this Bot friend pointed out:

Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It really helpful

& it helped me out much. I’m hoping to provide something again and aid others

such as you aided me

And this one truly understands my exact thoughts on blogging:

May I just say what a relief to find somebody who truly knows what they are talking about

over the internet. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.

More people really need to check this out and understand

this side of the story. It’s surprising you are not more popular given that you surely possess the gift

And sometimes, I am struck by the depth of philosophical thoughts shared…I mean…I can’t even:

When someone writes an piece of writing he/she retains the thought of a user

in his/her brain that how a user can know it. Therefore that’s why this post is great.

Thanks

And every now and then you get the comment that says “yes” I am reaching people:

Yes! Finally someone writes about t&c tapioca menu.

So I guess it’s not all bad. Sure I may not be doing the things “they” say I should do, but hell, when did I ever follow the rules.

So what do you think?

Lol…okay, seems I only follow the rules when I want to be a wise ass about it.

7 replies »

  1. Really now . . . if I had known you had a tapioca post coming up, I would have tuned in sooner.

    I’ve gotten a lot of email spam lately on how someone likes my blog so much that they want me to write posts about how great their glasses are. I keep thinking if they like my blog so much (my blog that has been forced into inactivity for the past 10 months), they’d know I don’t write about eyeglasses. 😉

    I do remember the first time I commented on a post here, and felt weird about commenting (because back then, I was completely awed and intimidated by you), and you basically said if no one comments, then you’re only talking to yourself. I took that advice to heart and now make sure I comment on blogs I enjoy. When I was blogging regularly, I loved getting comments when they actually said something real—not the “great post, thanks for sharing!” variety.

    I’m glad you don’t follow the rules, for blogging or anything else.

  2. I’m a silent reader myself. Why? Because I never know what to reply and when I do, they ask for to log in and I’d have to go and look for a password I can’t remember.

    I hadn’t read much of anything from you in a while and now these few posts. Whether it was because you had taken a break or because my notifications were broken, I’m just happy to see you back and kicking again.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to know who ‘they’ actually are? 😛 (If you want to find out…then take 20 to 30 steps in the room or… Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. 😛

    Loved your post…as always.

    • It’s funny, I talk about comments but am notoriously bad about commenting. And yes, I was on a break for a while because (insert some acceptable reason here). And thanks GG for stopping by, good to see/hear you again.

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