6 months ago I started blogging. I wasn’t really sure what it meant, but decided to do it anyway. I watched the movie “Julie and Julia” and if she could do it, so could I…it couldn’t be that complicated. I had the idea, or the vision, to write about my quitting journey. I wanted to share my experience with others and thought “maybe I can reach just one smoker”. I didn’t really know how, but that was the idea behind it and the reason why I started blogging.
I got a name “The happy Quitter” and started with my first posts. I remember the excitement, when I saw that somebody out there actually read what I wrote. I got my first followers and it felt good -how did they ever come up with that name “followers”…sounds like a religious cult.
I am going strong toward 10,000 visitors on my blog and I know from emails, that I indeed could inspire some smokers to quit. Especially in Columbus, the city we live in, since I have the link to my blog in my email signature, not realizing that it would work so well. Every email I send shows a link to my blog, friends, neighbors and businesses…everybody gets bothered :-).
I promised to pay it forward for 1 year…so there are 6 more month to go and I have lots of material, stories and a few milestones left.
The views and the followers seemed important at first, but what really blew me away, was the country list in my Stats. I expected, or hoped, to find readers in USA, UK and Canada, maybe even some in Europe; but didn’t expect to welcome so many different countries on my blog. 93 to be exact. The last ones added to my list were Montenegro, Nicaragua and Estonia. The most surprising ones -for me- were Kazakhstan and Qatar (this one I had to look up). I invited the word in my living room and the world came…I am entirely grateful for this experience.
A few things happened lately, that made me re-think this whole blogging thing. I follow one blog -one of my favorites- and the blogger loves to write about different stuff and posts almost on a daily base. We communicated back and forth via comments on a daily base and I loved it. I didn’t get the email updates anymore and thought “OK, maybe the blogger is taking a break”. After a few days I visited the blog and there were many post that I have missed. Somehow I must have un-followed the blog, not by intention.
I tried to figure out what happened and noticed at the same time, that the blogger had stopped reading my blogs as well. No more likes and no more comments…I found that puzzling, but didn’t really think anything by it. The same day I wrote a post to a daily prompt and I went on to read some of the other posts afterwards…as I always do. I found one post particular interesting and left a comment, pointing out that we had a similar view. I got a reply and it said something like “Thank you for stopping by, but I only read post of the people I follow. I am a writer and a little bit narcissistic” (you think). It made me laugh, but then I thought about it. How sad ~!
So what does that mean? I like you, if you like me? I scratch your back and you scratch mine? I read your posts, if you read mine. Well, whatever it means, I don’t like it and I am changing my rules now (only mine..no worries).
- I will not blindly like posts anymore (yes I did that too), just because I am a follower, or it is expected. I saw this over and over happening at the daily prompt and I am tired of it. If I like it…alright, if I don’t like it…too bad. 🙂
- I will read other posts as well, especially at the daily prompt and will use the tag-search in my reader to explore other blogs.
- If I like a post, I will hit like and leave a comment. If I don’t like it, I will only leave a comment. Nothing ugly..just something like “Hope you have a great day”, or WTH 🙂
I didn’t think this whole blogging thing all the way through,neither did I expect to fall in love with so many blogs. My new guilty pleasure in the morning is now reading, what other bloggers wrote.
I have my favorite blogs and will be a follower/reader for a very long time. But then there are blogs that started out so great and so promising, but lately became boring…and I mean boring to me. One poem after the next or “stuff” that doesn’t have anything to do with the original blog anymore. Here are 4 lines about my toothbrush, lets call it poetry…or better here is a picture of my toothbrush. Seriously?
How do you un-follow a blog? What is the right thing to do. Just click and run? Or say Good-bye. Good question isn’t it? I decided to be honest; I am just not the click-and-run type. I haven’t figured out how to do it and what to say. I would appreciate some suggestions 🙂