There’s an Uber Rule in blogging. KEEP THE POSTS SHORT!
I wrote about it last month, confessing that I break that rule all the time. I break all the blog rules, which should reduce my web exposure.
That’s the case. I don’t have many followers.
So if you’ve returned to my world to read this tome, and you read it to the end, you are part of a select group of very special people in my life.
You know me. I don’t know you. Can you imagine what this feels like?
Blogging to a group that leaves no comments is like lecturing in a huge hall of empty chairs where the listeners are seated behind a wall in another room. If there’s a reaction, I don’t know about it. If there’s discussion, I don’t hear it. The only way I can tell anyone’s listening is by counting your shares to friends and the site hits with Google Analytics.
You leave footprints in my house but leave without saying goodbye.
But no consternation implied. None of this is wrong. I’ve set it up this way, and I don’t know any other way to do it.
There are two blogs that interest me. Both are hosted by women. They have a huge spread over the internet and get ton of comments for each post. Both women are famous now.
Blog number one is eclectic, switching back and forth between business advice and the exposure of her family traumas. She writes stories of struggle and receives I-know-what-you-mean condolences and sincere thank you’s for the soulful connection.
The second site is more structured and the host invites guest bloggers. They all follow her format, which is:
Lead in with a wise quote from someone smarter than you and me. Tell your down-and-out BEFORE story followed by your rise-to-success AFTER story. Establish how enlightened and spiritually evolved you are now, and end the post with your formula for everlasting bliss.
This site gets a slew of I-know-what-you-mean comments and sincere thank you’s for the soulful connection.
- Blog number one’s message: Life is a battle you may never win but keep trying. I am.
- Blog number two’s message: Life is a battle you can win if you just keep trying. I am.
- Irving’s message: I have no idea what I’ll come up with each week, but if you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.
Obviously this approach is not the best formula for worldwide fame…or selling my novels. But like I said, I don’t follow rules. I don’t know how. I’m just glad I don’t get into trouble or hurt people.
So this week’s post is about my appreciation of your company, the party I’ve thrown where I don’t meet my guests.
Woman blogger number one once stated that she writes her posts for validation and the feeling that she’s not alone. Woman blogger number two said she writes her posts to help us find happiness.
I write my blog because I’d feel like a quitter if I gave it up. Honestly, I have no driving need to get the word out. I started this blog because all marketing gurus said that an internet presence is a must for new authors. Right now it’s homework. But like I said, if you’re reading these words, then I may have some relevance in your life, and if that’s the case, I don’t want to let you down.
And when you share my post with others, I’m extremely flattered. I highly value your time, attention and respect. If I’ve sparked any new ideas or helped make your day richer in some way, I’m glad I can do that.
When that stops, I’ll stop.
I don’t know how long I’ll feel comfortable lecturing in an empty hall. But as I said, when it’s time to put down the pen, you’ll let me know.
One more thing: A special thanks to Jerry’s Cousin.
You have shared your thoughts with me since the beginning of these columns. I appreciate your words, JC, and especially your support. My sincere best wishes to you and your family.
And one more that after that last thing: Thank you, Eugene and Alisa, for inviting me to Curiosity Quills. You’ve helped me without asking for anything in return. Who does that anymore?