After almost five years of blogging every week I feel like I have blogged about everything I know.
Then something new happens (like a serial sperm squirter).
Sometimes it isn’t quite new but different from what happened before.
I recently wrote a post (Pulitzer Prize winning of course). After I finished it I had this nagging feeling of familiarity (the same feeling I get when a purchase a book I already have). I know what that means.
Using the search feature on my own blog, I found that I had written about it before. It was different but the same if that makes any sense.
Sometimes there is a new slant or perspective. Sometimes it’s too similar and I delete or revise it. Many times I lose interest and have a beer. Then the cycle starts again.
I try to keep post-it notes with ideas or thoughts. When I read them I have no idea what I meant. Currently I am using complete sentences instead of a word. It’s only slightly more successful.
Here is some advice for other bloggers. Don’t get caught up in the statistics. Readership depends on many things. Start with quality writing. Don’t write crap so you can post every day. You lose readers.
Statistics are reflective of your niche. If you are eclectic (or eccentric like me), people are never sure what you will post. Every day will be a disappointment to some readers and a joy to others. (Seriously, there are people who don’t enjoy my adorable cat photos. So hard to believe.)
Views don’t always equate to readers either. You can use intriguing tags to draw the more questionable readers to your site. Using a tag like “sex toys” may attract but you better deliver!
Right now if your blog posts (in the US) includes politics with a pinch of satire, you are enjoying sky-high numbers. What’s not to love about our presidential race from a comedy standpoint?
Statistics never make sense. I get the most clicks on the inane. Despite the adorable pictures I post, my biggest clicks are the photos of toe cleavage, frog laying on back and an airplane clip art.
(Morgan, the cat, is seriously annoyed about this. She doesn’t like playing second fiddle to a stupid frog and wants to know why I would ever post toe cleavage. Whaaat?)
While writing this post, I got three new ideas. Two flew out of my head as soon as they landed. (My brain is a practice area where ideas land and immediately take off.) The third is represented by a two-word post-it. I better put a whole paragraph there before I forget.
Now what was I going to do?