I like to roam the NaNo boards and when I see that someone has a link to their blog in their signature on there, I click on it and check it out, cause I’m always looking to see how other people do it, how popular they are, if they’re interesting to me and if I want to follow them. So there I was wandering around the Adopt a Romantic Line thread on the NaNo boards and I came across a person who had the link to their blog (which was called ‘my silly blog about writing and everyday life’ and I had to click on it, just because it was ‘silly’). So, as I do, I began reading the posts (and I’ll get around to reading all of them) and the second post is what sold me on the whole blog.
Here’s the [link] to it.
It makes a lot of sense. And I found myself guilty of it, to an extent. I will get onto that thought pattern then I try to squash it down. Like when I decided to make a blog. I wanted it to become popular, for people to want me to post daily about stuff they could probably care less about. I wanted people to love my writing through this. But as I was searching through other writing blogs, I noticed that hardly none of them have any comments on them or have barely any followers. So I decided that that didn’t matter. What will matter is when (if) I get popular and as part of the deal I have to have a blog. This is my blog. I’ll be ahead of the game! Go me!
Her post links to a post Nathan Bransford made, and I like what she had to say about it. Bransford’s post is nice, but what got me on hers was this:
It’s like we define our success based on how many followers we have on Twitter, or how many hits we get on our material, and if we get X number of followers and Y number of people pay attention to our online presence, then tada! We’re successful. But it shouldn’t be that way.
I like that. It not only makes me feel less crazy for thinking that way, but makes me feel better for trying to squash it down.
I guess, a bit reason I’m posting this, and what she said, is because one of the first thoughts that went through my head was how my dad seems to be viewing it that way, in a sense. He sends me texts about how many hits his blog has gotten. I knew he wants it to be a popular blog but… I wonder how bad that could turn out if it doesn’t take off. I don’t know, just the way I see it.
I’m happy to just be actually keeping up with this and having the few people who look at it, look at it.
OK, so this wasn’t so much about writing directly, but who cares? It’s my blog. This clicked in my brain and I wanted to share it. Now go read her post cause it sounds SO much better than mine!