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Competitive blogging.


shutterstock_179391206There has been much talk of blogging statistics recently, on the various blogs that I follow. At the risk of incurring much wrath and losing some more followers [yes, I’ve lost some, just recently] may I suggest that we’re all becoming a bit obsessive about our figures and maybe losing sight of why we started to blog, in the first place.

My personal reasons for blogging were to improve my writing, share my views and connect with others. As I typed my first blog post in the early hours of that momentous morning [for me] and pressed that publish button, never did I imagine that people would visit my blog and actually like it.

For a long time I didn’t even know what my stats were. I nearly fell off my chair when I finally realised that I had followers and again, just a few weeks ago I finally realised that my followers were numbering over 1100.

Wow! How did that happen?

I’ll take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU for following me. It’s incredible.

But, there is a downside to this. I’ve also lost followers, in the last few days. What can I say, except maybe I offended them in some way. Got too silly. Didn’t hold their interest sufficiently enough. Maybe they didn’t like my new look blog. I could ponder this for ever. I’ll probably never know why they took off. It may be something as simple as their email box was overloaded and I was one of the ones to be deleted.

Anyway, going back to my original point about being obsessive with our stats, if I dwell on it I’ll be doing exactly what I don’t want to do. Just as I don’t follow people on Twitter that promise me thousands of followers in exchange for a small sum of money. My view is:

  • If I need to pay people to follow me and read my words, then I’m failing.
  • I’m not on social media as a joke.
  • I take my writing seriously.
  • But,I can have a laugh at myself.
  • I have to, because most of the time I’m ridiculous.
  • As is true with most things in life. You can’t please all of the people all of the time.

To those that followed me and left… thank you and goodbye.

If I ever catch myself becoming obsessive about my stats I will remove them and not look at them. I’ve done that before. I was blissfully ignorant of what was going on, behind the scenes..

Did it affect my writing? No, it was still the usual mush that it is.

Also, how can we really be sure that those figures are correct and not made up? There has also been talk of false followers on blogs. People liking and wanting to get their pictures on your blog.

So, I’m going to carry on, in my sweet little, nonsensical way. If you care to join me you are more than welcome. If you follow me hoping that I will sign up to some blogging business that will earn me mega bucks, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. I write. If I want an online business, or my blog to generate an income I will come looking for you and your advice. This may happen at some point.

Until then, please just read my silly words, look at my daft pictures and dance to the music videos I post on here.

Our blogs change…don’t we all? People come and go.

Now if you’ll excuse me I just have to go and check my latest blog stats, followers and hit stats…rather obsessively.

Thanks for calling by…I hope you call by again. When there’s just me and three others, I’ll know that I’ve over-stepped the mark…again! It was good whilst it lasted.

Until the next obsessive time.

 

Author:

Many moons ago, I started to write. But, as life twisted and turned the only thing I got to write was letters, in my job. Things changed, I left my job and returned to the writing. I have loads of ideas and very little time to do them in.( Sound familiar?) I write, because I need to. When I am unable to write I walk in the shadow of madness. Some folk would argue that I'm there already. As well as writing, I read, paint, garden, knit and have just started making candles. I am owned by a retired greyhound called Daisy. My previous greyhound(Misty) was the inspiration to get writing again. Daisy is keeping that inspiration alive. Thanks for reading. Dorne x

4 thoughts on “Competitive blogging.

  1. I agree with you Dorne. I am blogging to write and enjoy doing it. If someone follows me that is awesome. I am more in awe that people like my writing, poetry, and pictures. I love your blog. I made an instant connection with you. Hang in there. You are fabulous!

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  2. For a long time I have intended to write a couple of posts about why I do, and don’t, enjoy blogging (but haven’t yet got to THAT Friday or Saturday night where I suddenly think THAT’s the post I’m going to write today….). There won’t be much in the ‘don’t like’ post, but the ‘competitive blogging’ aspect of it will definitely be there. I just can’t help myself, and I hate it! I’m better than I was, and get less worried about stats and followers, but I just have this inbuilt sense, that I can’t seem to squash, that I ‘need to do better’, and that ‘doing better’ has something to do with the number of views and follows….That is NOT why I blog, but somehow, the moment I started and realised that WordPress ‘kept count’, I couldn’t ignore it. The comments I get are infinitely more valuable than the stats, so why should I pay any heed to the stats? Mind you, I’d have to get rid of that ‘need to do better’ drive in other areas of my life too, so it’s not as though it’s a purely blog related thing!

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    1. It took me long enough to work out the stats for WordPress. When I finally realised how many followers I had I was absolutely stunned. Delighted, but stunned. But the numbers go up and down. I try not to obsess about them.

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