You are not a number on the scale.
You aren’t a grade, a GPA.
You are not how much you make.
You aren’t the number of books you’ve read or the number of articles you’ve published.
You are not the friends you have on Facebook or the followers you gained on Twitter or the likes you get on Instagram.
You aren’t the views on your blog, the subscribers on your channel.
You are not any of these things.
You are so much more.
The silent one.
The stranger turned friend.
At one point, you didn’t know he or she even existed. But over time, you get to know them. What more could you possibly ask for?
The friend turned stranger.
The most tragic one of all. Once you were close. Now you’re not.
The awesome, fantastic, most perfect person in the world.
I don’t think I need to elaborate further.
I’ve been debating whether to share this or not.
It’s for a university class so I don’t have all the freedom in the world. But maybe that’s a good thing. I have plenty of freedom here and look what has happened, what is happening, what will happen.
That’s supposed to be a self-defeating comment since I felt very self-serving today while writing my two posts for class.
I figured if anyone is going to be honest with me, it’s you. My followers, my readers, my friends.
How much do I sound like a pretentious jerk?
I will warn you not to read anything I write on that blog because I respect you.
Going back through some of my posts from this year and picking out one I’m particularly fond of.
So this happened…
I clicked on “How You Know You Are A Writer“, made some edits to it, then updated the post. But I forgot that it would be publicized on all my social media accounts—again.
Of course, when I realized my mistake people already noticed before me. My Tumblr followers decided to like and reblog it. Rachel even retweeted it.
So rather than cover it up by deleting my mistake and pretending like it never happened, I’m doing the exact opposite. I’m owning up to my mistake. That’s a first for me.
Let this be known:
I wasn’t originally going to pick “How You Know You Are A Writer“, but then I got careless.
I won’t ask you to guess the post I was thinking of because that’d be cruel.
I’m flawed, but I have a heart.
Because I’m an awkward person, these questions make me feel even more awkward.
“How many followers you have?”
What I think: More than you.
What I say: A few.
“Are you published?”
What I think: Does it matter?
What I say: Sort of?
“Can I read [an unfinished project]?”
What I think: NO!
What I say: Sure!
I’m also a mean, rude, and paradoxical person.
I’ve shied away from doing a post like this for several reasons, which I won’t get into right now.
But someone sent in a question over at my Tumblr blog, asking me for advice on getting followers, so I thought I’d adapt my reply and share my tips here as well.
I didn’t start my blogs with the intention of growing a following or having anyone read my writing. That being said most of us want someone to appreciate our work. I think you really have to enjoy making videos, taking photos, etc., to continue doing it even without a following. If you love the creative process, you’ll not only enjoy blogging a lot more, you’ll also attract like-minded followers.
I don’t claim to have the largest following in the world, but I have come a long way. I remember those days when I had zero followers, which is why I’m grateful to have some now. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why anyone follows any of my blogs. Thank you if you do.
I’m very particular with how I run my blog so I can’t claim to do what most articles or other bloggers will tell you to do. This is what has worked for me. It might not work for you (or you may not agree) so take what does and toss what doesn’t.
- Post consistently. Aside from rare occasions where I forgot or a technical mishap occurred, I post (original content) at least once every day. Anyhow reblogging (which I don’t do) or anything else that keeps your blog active works as well. You can schedule posts to go out on certain days if you know you’ll be away from your computer and living your life.
- Post at certain times. I have experimented with this. Frankly, I just post when it suits me best. I will say that posting at a peak time when many bloggers are online means more people have the chance to see your work, although you’ll be competing with more content. Posting at other times when there’s less traffic means fewer eyes stumbling upon your content but a higher chance someone will see your work and share it. If you’re like me in that you don’t care then just post what you like, when you like.
- Find a niche that will attract an audience. Granted different people will like your blog, but see if you can narrow down who you’re writing for. On the same lines, narrow down your purpose. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
- Stand out. Do something or make stuff that people can’t find elsewhere. Rather than reblog everything I come across, I create my own articles. Post original content whenever you can. When you first start out it’s hard to get noticed. Over time people will.
- Tag your content with common tags. Obscure tags are funny, but people won’t actively search for them. Come up with relevant and prevalent tags for your posts so more bloggers can find your work.
- Pay attention to your layout/theme. If your blog is hard to read, hard to navigate, etc., you’ll turn potential followers away. Keep it simple. Keep it neat.
- Approach others. I’m horrible at striking up conversations in real life and on the Web so I’m a total hypocrite for including this.
- Be kind to everyone. Respect people even if they don’t respect you.
That’s all you’re going to get from me today.
I’m not wishing for more followers or views or likes or comments, but they are always welcome. I am grateful for every single one.
Besides I don’t blog because I want fame or fortune. I just wish to continue blogging as frequently as I can. Even though I said I’d be blogging less, I’m doing my best to not stay true to my word. Until November.
Naturally I gravitate towards doing what I love in order to put off what I don’t.
That’s why I blog rather than complete schoolwork.
And I hope you do the same so I’m able to stalk you.
I mean I want you to blog. Not avoid work or neglect school. I don’t condone that.
Kind of like Would You Rather: Blogger Edition but not really. More like Pick One: Social Media Edition with a bloggy twist.
I’m simply choosing what I prefer between the two.
Static home page or most recent posts?
Most recent posts.
Menu on the top or bottom?
Sidebar on the left or right?
Likes or comments?
Followers or views?
Serif or sans serif?