One Month In

It has been about one month since I gave into temptation and started this blog. Results this far have been mixed. Some observations:

  • The early entries were tough slogging because I had no readers. Now I have a few readers, which is sometimes comforting and sometimes overwhelming. My original hope for this blog was about 100 page views per post and a core of 10 regular commenters or so. Those goals were foolish (only the most popular blogs get 10 regular commenters) and I am well short of them, but perhaps this is about the level of celebrity I can handle.

  • The blog has been taking up far too much of my mental real estate. Not only has my real blog suffered, but other things in my life are losing ground as well (especially looking for work, although I am sure I would find other ways to procrastinate on that if I was not blogging).

  • One unsettling thing I have discovered is that there are so many bloggers I am not reading. I thought I was following a good number of people: I have 391 feeds in my RSS reader, although several of them are not blogs and many of them are defunct. But I have taken a peek at several new blogs during the past month, and I feel pressure to subscribe to them too. But I have to limit myself, or I will spend several hours a day just reading RSS feeds instead of doing other things in my life. If I could dip in and out of blogs better, this would be less of a problem, but I have a bad habit of being a completist. I cannot do that, however. This is entertainment, not work.

  • This is not a wholly new observation, but there are perfectly nice people I feel I ought to follow more closely, but whom I don’t. Not every blog is to everyone’s tastes, and that is okay. Maybe I will pay occasional visits to those blogs. But I still feel guilty.

  • I am probably running short on topics. I do not know how you daily bloggers manage. I don’t particularly want to be a daily blog, but I don’t want to repeat the same five entries over and overagain either. Perhaps it is time to sign a service agreement with the Muses or the Skanks. Or perhaps it is time to drop down to one or two entries a week instead of three or four.

  • I thought this blog would offer a chance for me to reinvent myself, but that is not going so well. I thought I could be witty and sassy, but it is not working. It is taking all of my self control to avoid sinking into bathos. I do not like my persona here.

  • I also thought I would be more forthcoming on topics of sexuality on this blog. Mostly what I have learned is that I am such a prude that even Puritans and right-wing Evangelicals find me uptight. There is some chance I will be more salacious in future entries, but there is a bigger chance that I am going to lose my small audience for voicing some fairly unpopular views.

  • Related to the above, I feel much more constrained in what I can and cannot write than I thought I would be. That is a surprise, but it ought not to be.

  • It is proving difficult to decide what is appropriate blog fodder for this blog and what is appropriate for my real blog. My real blog is going to become rather dour if I reserve all the fun entries for this one.

  • I am surprised at how entertaining certain entries were to compose. I am pretty happy with the Serial Blogonomy post, even though it got no response. The Cheating is a Bad Gamble entry also turned out okay.

  • I am surprised by the composition of my blog commenters so far, but pleasantly surprised. You are all delightful people.

  • I would still like to grow my audience, but it is clear that I am bad at this. Maybe things will continue to grow organically, or maybe not.

  • I do not know how long I will continue this experiment. Ideally I would be able to enjoy the blogosphere without succumbing completely. If I continue to fail at that I may have to drop this hobby. If I am getting repetitive or feeling like blogging is a chore I should quit.

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10 thoughts on “One Month In

  1. Well, you raise many a good point. All blogs are different and post daily or weekly. One should never feel they have to blog. Blog when you want. It does take time to get regular readers, and I find many more stop by and read, then comment. I find by posts and style very entertaining and make me chuckle, so thank you!!! But how many feeds!!!!!!!! I follow I think like maybe 5o blogs, and some of them are defunct.

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    1. You are right. I subscribe to too many blogs.

      Maybe I would blog more regularly if I had houseboys. Like other cute pets, they make nice blog fodder. But houseboys are well out of the budget these days.

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  2. I blog once a week and I find it a struggle. I used to follow all the blogs following me and my head almost exploded. I “unfollowed” them all. I do a trawl of them every so often and that’s much more fun. I don’t have loads of followers myself but I blog for fun and try not to take it too seriously. Not sure how long Ill keep going. Life seems to be taking over.
    I couldn’t possibly post every day. Take it at your own pace and work out what feels right for you.
    Your posts are different – I like them.
    JP

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    1. You don’t have loads of followers? I beg to differ. I consider you one of the mega-celebrities of our blogging sphere. Not only do you get 20+ commenters on each of your entries, but your followers adore you. When you went on hiatus there was rending of clothing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention the street riots.

      I hear you about the grind, though. I hope you continue to find blogging a fun pasttime and not a chore. I missed you the first time you left and I would miss you if you left again, but impermanence is the nature of the world, and this is supposed to be entertainment, not work.

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  3. You bring up so many points that I have been thinking of recently but haven’t taken the time or had the courage to sit down and put into words. Blog can almost – almost???? – a full time occupation if you let it. Myself I find it comes in spurts – I was going to say drips and dribbles but that doesn’t sound much better.

    As to what you have posted so far – I’ve found much to delight and amuse and I know when I linked to the Librarian post my faithful reader found it great fun.

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    1. You and Mr. Muffin seem to maintain a good life-blog balance, no? Although I think of blogging as less pernicious than other social media, we all have to be vigilant about not letting it get away from us.

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  4. I just started following your blog today. You started following my blog a couple of weeks ago. I have read a couple of your posts….I figured that you had been blogging for a bit of time. I love your posts! They are unique, honest, and they capture a lot of what I think myself. I started my blog five years ago and I used it as therapy from a difficult home situation. There have been months and months where I never posted. Then as my life began to turn last summer, I revisited my blog, and reread some of the more discouraging posts. I am so glad that I wrote the drama down as rereading it in some bizarre way gives me an inner strength that I didn’t know I had. I totally understand what you mean when say that you sometimes have trouble thinking about what to write or that you don’t know if you have the time to read everyone’s that you’ve subscribed to. I have felt the same way. Blog when the feeling hits you. I have enjoyed getting to know some bloggers out there and I look forward to getting to know you.
    ~Michael

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    1. Welcome aboard! I really like your blog, and it is a delight to have you.

      I have been commenting on blogs for a while, and as I indicated in an early entry I have an “official” blog that I keep distinct from this one. But I decided to take the plunge here too.

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