I think this sorta follows the First assignment from Blogging 201 that just started, when I get the okay to join, but it doesn’t quite answer the entire question so I’ll say that this is only part one. This is really the answer I put at post by . . .???. rats, I’ll go back and find it later and put it in because you should read what she wrote that made me write this. Ahh, here it is http://aholisticwayfarer.com
I had to put a lot of thought into what I was doing with my blog and why I was after it. Beginning a blog and not having anyone one come can really hurt your ego until you realize that no one knows you’re there. My main blog http://mynameisjamie.net was started at another blog site. They didn’t even have a community like wordpress. No community at all. I had to go out and reel my readers in by going to other internet sites, to places where I thought the readers would be who would be interested in what I wrote. I would leave comments at online publications. I worked hard at it every day getting my blog out there. But it worked.
But the blog site I was at was crappy for more reasons than not having a community. They’d go down for up to 5 days at a time. It was difficult to leave there because they wouldn’t give me the info I needed and it took me 3 months to move everything to wordpress, one post at a time, losing all paragraphs, so I had to redo everyone single of them. I even found one the other day that I missed editing so I have to go back and fix it.
That blog was not this one. My main blog http://mynameisjamie.net has a narrow focus and it has to do with the prison life of mainly one person and this wouldn’t fit there, so I started another blog, here, just for things like this. A place to rant and a place to reblog really good posts. Moving my blog to wordpress took a lot of time and for a couple months there was little time for new writing. I was here at wordpress for 2 months before I realized there even was a community. I still go on the internet to find readers that are not bloggers. I don’t depend on wordpress bloggers and social media to be the way I get my words in front of people. I do think, though, that it creates a nice balance of types of readers. I always check to see where the referrers come from, and when more come in from internet searches the happier I am because I know then that they are searching for what I write about. I don’t get a lot of google searches on this blog.
I see a lot of blogs with thousands of followers and many thousands of replies and I take a look at why. I saw a nothing post with 36 relies and the replies had absolutely nothing to say between two people. “great blog”, “thanks” “did you see mine” “yes I did” “did you like it?” “yes” 36 replies of absolutely nothing of any value. But on the outside it looked like she must have written something great and it sure must have looked good when she saw her stats. Pointless, unless your also the kind of person who has hundreds of facebook “friends” and you have no clue who they are. You only look at how the quantity is.
I don’t want people to just follow my other blog, or even this one and not come back. Read the opening page of the other blog and you’ll see why. My blog has a timeline. It has a story. It means something. Not to everyone, but I want to those it does resonate with, to come back often to see what’s next and for me to do the same for them. So I’d rather have fewer serious readers than a lot of thoughtless likes and a follows who never comes back because they go out and like a thousand blogs in hope that they’ll come back and follow them too, but never actually read anything because they don’t go back. It’s like a game of tag. You like my blog and I’ll like yours kind of game. Big deal, and no thanks. What turns me off is someone coming to my post and instead of saying anything meaningful about what I wrote, they write, “Thanks for following me”. Excuse me? The only reply I get is focused on you and not what I wrote? Don’t come back. I’m not going to approve those anymore. For what? The stats? It’s insulting to do that for stats.
It’s been a slow learning process when what you write important to you – when it’s more than just a diary – although they have their place. I don’t sit there trying to think up something to write. I have more material than I can get to. The material is being turned into a book, and you can read the first chapter. It’s called InsideOut. Please don’t just tell me something innocuous. Give me feedback that will help me. Critical thinking is good. It helps me write better.
I try to acknowledge new bloggers and help with their confidence and reply to a few posts, but I just don’t follow something anymore that I know I have no real intention of ever going back, because then, what’s the point of “following?” I really make an effort to make the rounds and read the people I follow. If I haven’t gotten back to you lately, I will. No one can follow 500 blogs. You can like and you can reply, but don’t follow unless you really do intend to follow.