Check this out:
Pretty cool right? I don’t know if I’ve ever accomplished that before. Possibly a millenia ago when I first started blogging on my old and long forgotten, top-secret blog. I think that’s pretty neet though.
I said I was going to make an effort to write more and clearly I did. Some of it was fluff, but hey, I can’t imagine you want to read deep and insightful every day any more than I want to write deep and insightful every day. And yes, I’m giving myself credit for being deep and insightful even if I’m not really. LET ME HAVE THIS!!! 🙂
It’s been a pretty fascinating experience too. I’ve actually seen my blog readership grow this month. Crap! I swore I wasn’t going to do this! I find it kind of annoying when people write about how many people read their blogs but in this case it seems kind of important. See, I used to want to be a big famous blogger. I wanted to have thousands upon thousands of readers and I wanted to make money off my blog and I wanted to be able to quit my job and live off the revenue. (Oh, who’m I kidding? I still want that, but it’s not going to happen.) I realized that I don’t have the right stuff for that. I don’t have an interesting enough life, nor the ability to be all cute and quippy about my life, nor an endless influx of blogging material to draw from. I also don’t have the business acumen or the social skills to promote myself enough to make it work. (That’s something that may become a problem for me, which I’ll be discussing further in the near future.) And don’t even get me started on my lack of technical skills when it comes to web development and making all the different features and applications and websites at my disposal play nicely together.
So I know I’m not going to be a big, rich and famous super-blogger and I’m okay with that. But here’s what I am. I am a writer. I write about my feelings. I write about my experiences (however uninteresting or few-and-far-between they may be.) And I write about my views. Nobody asked me. And nobody has to read my opinions, but that’s why this is my space and not someone elses. And that’s all well and good, except, I AM a writer and as a writer, I want people to read my words. So I like to watch my statistics and see the numbers growing.
Last month, I assume due in part to my increased activity, I went from four blog subscribers (2 by e-mail – and both the same person – and 2 on WordPress.com), to 29. (Don’t be fooled by the 372 listed at the top of this page. WordPress is being generous and including my twitter followers in that number. I guarantee you, most of them are not coming to my blog. Hell, half of them aren’t even people.) In addition to the subscribers, I seem to be getting a lot of people randomly coming across my blog through search terms, or because they’ve saved my URL as a favorite instead of using a reader or e-mail subscription. The truth is, the most hits I’ve gotten in a single day is about 45 and that’s rare, but my numbers have still climbed considerably from where they were a year ago (or even a month ago.)
Thanks to my participation in the Write on Edge community, I’ve gained some additional periodic commenters; it’s no longer limited to only Terri. It’s awesome to see more participation on this page. I’ve also been more actively participating on other people’s blogs leaving comments more regularly… That may have helped with bringing people here too… Maybe.
Anyway, it’s really been a lot of fun, this month of writing. It’s been surprisingly invigorating. I remember, now, that writing is something I need to do. It’s why I’m on this earth, I think. (It may not be the only reason, but it’s certainly a reason I can’t ignore.)
So I’m grateful to all of you who read this. I’m thrilled that you’ve stumbled across these pages and that so many have continued to come back. I hope you’ll tell your friends… No really. Tell your friends. That’ll be relevant later when I get around to that problematic, self-promotion thing.
4 thoughts on “Thirty-One in Thirty-One”
I’m so happy for you and proud that you managed to write something every day! It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?
I’ve known for a long time what a great writer you are. It’s about time others started discovering it too. I can’t wait to read your book when it gets published. I want a signed copy! 🙂
You will get one of, if not THE first copy!
‘Course, if the best I’m able to do is an e-book, it’ll be tough to sign that, but we’ll figure something out! 🙂
You wrote EVERY day last month? Holy crap.
I love writing too. My job often requires long hours, though, and I don’t always get to devote as much time to writing as I would like. Congrats on making it all the way though the month. I’ll certainly be back to read your work.
Thanks Mike! I was really reluctant to “commit” to writing every day, because I didn’t want to publicly fail, but it was a lot of fun and once I got the momentum going it wasn’t all that hard. (Finding the time has never been my problem.)
I’m glad you like my blog and I’m glad to hear you’re going to stick around. I just recently discovered yours as well – through our buddy Terri, I think. But I really liked what I saw. You’re a talented writer, so just remember, it’s “Quality over quantity”!