I’m coming up on my two year blogoversary next month! I can hardly believe it’s been two years since I started this whole monster. A lot has happened, especially in the past year; I moved from Blogger to WordPress (BEST. DECISION. EVER). I started posting ALMOST every day, joined a bunch of weekly features, updated my blog design, given away a bunch of books, started my own feature, reviewed a host of books, movies, tv shows, anime…and while it’s been lovely and fun, I do find myself wondering, does anyone out there care?
This isn’t a “nobody reads my blog, woe is me” post. I’m just genuinely curious. I follow a group of successful blogs that don’t seem to do much more than I’m doing. But people flock to their posts like moths to a flame. I totally understand that the more followers you have, the more exposure you get, so therefore, you gain more followers. And sure, maybe I just haven’t found the right followers yet, the ones who genuinely want to actually read my blog and aren’t just in it for a follow of their own.
(I recognize that there is a group of you that frequents my page and comments with little to no prompting and I am not talking about you lovely readers; you’re probably the ones that will read this post and reply.)
Successful bloggers out there (those of you with thousands of pageviews a month, tons of readers, and comments on everything). If you see this (which you probably won’t), can you answer a question?
How did you get to where you are today?
Is it simply time? Have you been blogging for so long that it just happened naturally? Or did you feed a magic growing potion to your blog when it was a wee babe that attracted readers and cast a spell over them, forcing them to return day after day?
It probably wasn’t that last one, but you never can be sure.
There are days where it feels like the only way I can get people to read something I post is to go paste my URL all over their blog, which just feels lame, because I don’t want people to think that the only reason I’m there is to advertise. But it appears that if I’m not so self-promoting, no one wants to come visit my corner of the sandbox. And I do a lot. Or I try to. Posting on every social media site I can find. Commenting on blogs following me. Joining weekly features. And just when I feel like I’m making some headway, it all sort of disappears.
And I get it, there’s a ton going on in everyone’s lives, and blogging lives, and we forget about stuff. But I spend HOURS (and I do mean HOURS) daily blogging, and it sometimes feels very much not worth it. I think it’s especially complicated because many readers are just more bloggers, hoping someone will stop by and read their blog. Where are the readers? People who aren’t bloggers, but want to read blogs? Do these people even exist, or have we all become bloggers instead, trading a follow for a follow, rather than sharing interest at no cost?
I guess my biggest question is what is it that draws people to your blogs? What gets the most notice? I’ve heard from many reviewers that their reviews get the fewest page views, which I understand. Why would you go searching through a bunch of blogs to read a review when you can just go somewhere like Good Reads or Amazon and find a bunch of reviews all in one tidy place?
This has been Wednesday Rambles with Jessica. Go about your business. And hopefully that business is commenting on this post with words of wisdom. And your URL. It’s not lame to post it, no matter what I said earlier.