Things I Don’t Understand About Blogging

So I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and I feel like I’ve learn a lot in that time. However, there are still some things I don’t understand. Maybe some of you can help me out.

1. I don’t understand people who follow everyone they can.

I mean, I get the concept. If you follow people they may follow you back, and that can increase your audience. That’s great. Only, who cares about the numbers? A good number of my followers are fashion bloggers and lifestyle bloggers that clearly were just following to try to get a following of their own, but I didn’t follow them back. I don’t care about fashion. I don’t need posts like that showing up in my reader. If you follow me, it doesn’t mean I’m going to follow you back. If it seems like you blog about writing I may check you out, but it still doesn’t mean anything, and if I follow you I can still unfollow you if all you blog about is your grandpa’s dentures despite claiming to be a writing blog.

2. Why wordpress changed the stats page.

This really bugs me. I like the old one. At least move the “go to the old page” button to the top so I don’t have to scroll down each time. Seriously.

3. How to find bloggers who interest you.

I’m pretty sure that like half of the blogs I follow are Australian. Nothing wrong with that, but I’m American. I found one Australian blogger and that just led to more of them. I’ve looked for tags like “writing” and such, but I don’t want to follow blogs about poetry, I want to follow blogs similar to my own. The blogs wordpress suggests are useless, in my opinion. I don’t want to follow a blog with 10,000 followers. What are the chances of actually starting a conversation when 100 other people comment on their posts as well?

4. Why people keep trying to buy my kidney.

I’m not joking. And most of the comments get sent to spam. These are all ones that made it through.

5. Why so many writers write blog posts in purple prose.

My fingers caress the keyboard as my thoughts dictate the keystrokes of this post. The cars pass by my apartment as unaware of my life as I am of theirs, paths crossing but never intertwining. The small red line snakes under the word, and they greet each other like old friends. It is apparent that I am unable to correctly spell the word intertwining on my own. My face crumbles. Even as a writer, I struggle to arrange my letters in the correct order dictated by the dictionary.

I just… don’t get it. I’m want to read you blog for information, not poetry about your cup of coffee or your recent publisher rejection. I try to be eloquent, yeah, but sometimes being eloquent means saying, “I’m done with this shit.” It’s all about getting your point across while making it easy for the reader to understand… and that means no waxing lyrics about the deep web of depression that a spider of grief spun from your heart when your favorite novel series ended.

6. Whether or not my blog matters.

Is this something the rest of you have trouble with? As an author, I would love it if my blog promoted my book like crazy and I got rich, but that’s not really why I’m doing this. Now I just want to connect with other writers and share advice. I want to be able to help others who had the same self-publishing problems as I did, or to get marketing advice for someone who’s been self-published for a few years now. I expect my blog to keep growing, but how much will the numbers matter? Will I continue finding followers who interact with my blog, or more “I’m a hot model/musician/actor who’s following everyone I find, buy my stuff!”

What confuses you about blogging?

 

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13 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Understand About Blogging

  1. Great questions! And, I do think your blog matters! As for finding bloggers that interests you – I managed to get some advice from a friend who had a blog and community set up here, from her I’ve managed to find some fun blogs that are just what i’m looking for. I actually don’t go through the lists at the side anymore. Basically it’s either people who’ve liked my posts, and i’ve read their about me page to know who they are, or have posted on other blogs i follow.

    I’m not looking for a mountain of followers either, and i’m not looking to follow every blog i come across. i’m basically feel i’m my little bubble, and if others like what I write, or have to say, awesome!

    I hope you find some of those answers in your next year on wordpress.

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  2. Great post! You seem to be asking all the questions that are on my mind too! I have decided that I am going to stop looking at my stats tool (yes I dislike the new one too) and just concentrate on writing posts that I like. My blog is a creative vent and if people don’t want to follow than so be it. I see loads of articles on being successful at blogging saying ‘write for your audience’ but I am not in this for that. Blogging gets me to write everyday and is improving my writing. My writing stamina has improved. So that’s where I stand on the whole blogging thing! No more stats too checks!

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  3. Stats are ok but easy to lose yourself in with worrying about them, rather than getting on with interacting with readers who leave comments and like your posts. The number of followers never reflects those who are regular readers. It’s all about content, be true to what you enjoy blogging about shrug off the rest.

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  4. Agree with what Rosie said, be true to yourself. I agree re purple prose. I read blog posts to be entertained and get information. Just write about anything that pops into your head that you want to write about – that is what I have always done, and why my blog ‘works’ to a certain extent! This, for instance – great post that will be of interest to many. Whinges are always crowd pullers!!! 🙂

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  5. I love blogging … despite the odd weirdos ( and Blogger allows you to filter them out…move provider). IT’s a place to write short discursive pieces, and to allow friends to promote their books. I blog weekly, posting on Sat at 8am. It’s taken 3 years, but I now have a faithful following, and I LOVE it when they leave comments. Keep going!! (and pop over to mine and say hi)

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  6. I have read the artsy wordy blog post and had to question myself. “Are you really a writer” because yeah…I didn’t get it. So I’m with you there. I figure I’m the girl who you can just walk up to and start a normal conversation…that’s what I assumed blogging was about.

    The kidney thing is too funny. I haven’t had an offer. I am both worried and elated. Obviously I feel I haven’t “arrived” as an author if I havent been attacked or offered money for my organs. Too funny. Thanks!

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    • Well, I DID offer to sell it… but I’m guessing that if you’re going to commit to scouring the internet looking for kidneys to buy, you’re not going to take the time to see if each request is serious or not :p

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