In a Vacuum, No One Can Hear You Blog

This seems to be getting harder instead of easier.

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I was told it would get easier.   All of the successful bloggers I’ve read said that if I just write every day, it would get easier.  Structure would begin to develop.  I’d develop a “voice”.  Likes and followers would begin to accrete.  Some of the successful bloggers went so far as to suggest that literary agents would prostrate themselves in front of me and threaten seppucu on my front lawn if I didn’t give them first shot at publishing my book.

I’m here to tell you; none of that happened.

But I’ll tell you what DID happen.

My wellspring of ideas that I used to think was infinite, turned out to be finite.  Over the course of a hundred-and-some-odd (mostly odd) blog posts, I wrote about just about everything that happens to me in my life.  I began to repeat myself.  I ran out of creative ways to say the same old thing over and over.

So, I even tried making stuff up in the form of short fiction.  It turns out that fiction on WordPress is about as popular as pork rinds at a vegan picnic.

And to make matters worse, now I have a craving for pork rinds!  But I’m already in my pajamas and there’s no way I’m running down to the 7-11 to get me a bag.  It’s not worth getting dressed just for a bag of red hot pork rinds.  Though I guess I could also pick up a Slim Jim and a lottery ticket while I’m there.  And … hell … it’s 7-11, for Pete’s sake!  Like they’d even  notice I was wearing pajamas.  I’d probably be the least crazy looking person in the store.  What kind of world do we live in that a grown man wearing pajamas and holding a Slim Jim, a bag of red hot pork rinds, a lottery ticket, and a Penny Shopper would not even raise an eyebrow at a 7-11?

Wow!  That was a hell of a digression!   Where was I?

Oh yes.  I was wallowing in self-pity.

So here’s my sage advice to you bloggers just starting out.

Write because you love to write.  Don’t write to collect likes as if they’re steps on your FitBit, or Pokemons in your Pokemon Go app.  Write for the sheer enjoyment of writing.  If you don’t get a single like, that’s okay.  You’re writing.  You’re getting better.  You’re honing your skills.

And if you repeat yourself, that’s okay, too.  I can guarantee you that no one goes back and reads your old posts.  Everyone just reads whatever is at the top of whichever tag they’re reading at the moment.  I doubt they’ll notice if you wrote virtually the same blog post six months ago.  And even if they do, so what?  It’s just a new edition of one of your favorites.  Think of it as a “remix” of one of your old songs.  Musical artists do that all the time.

So get out there and write!




  1. Hoo boy, yes, it’s astounding to watch that little list of “this could be a post someday” shrinks until nothing is left but dregs so obvious there’s nothing to be done with them. I have gone through this a couple times and had a couple approaches — rewriting stuff from so deep in the archives nobody knows there even was an original, for example, or doing references to other stuff that has got me interested. Eventually, it passes, although it’s frightening while the dry spell lasts.

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    • Thanks, Joseph! Your words give me hope that this dry spell is just temporary. It also helps alleviate some of the guilt I feel when I “repurpose” old blog posts. Thanks for the comment!


      • Oh, there is absolutely nothing to be guilty about in repurposing old posts. If you have a new take on a topic, good! If you don’t, well, you have readers who never saw the original, or who’ve seen the original and forgot. They’re not done ill by having it cleaned up and presented anew.


  2. I’m reminded of a comment from Joni Mitchell, complaining about having to play the same songs over and over again. She said, “No one ever told Van Gogh, paint A Stary Night again man.” Even if we sometimes repeat ourselves a bit, at least we don’t have to write the same thing every time. Small blessings…

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  3. It is good to know that there are fellow bloggers out there who share my frustration! Blogging on WordPress or other forums has become synonymous with Facebook postings/photos. Assuming you are following a decent number of bloggers, if you take your eye off the ball for a minute you would have missed several dozen blogs that have gone by! This is an inevitable result of today’s social media driven world – everyone wants to talk, write, etc. and not many have the time to read, listen or respond. I am just happy to be amongst people who love writing!

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    • Thanks for commenting, Corporate! It seems we are all feeling the frustration inherent in the way WP deals with posts. They do scroll by way too fast for my tastes. Knowing when to post has become a skill (that I haven’t mastered). Post your writing at the wrong time and it will be 1000 posts down under the pile before anyone even sees it. Oh well … that’s just the nature of the beast, I guess.


  4. I’m a relatively new follower of yours and I just love this post! I wrote something very similar to your last paragraph this week so it’s quite synchronistic that I’ve just read this.
    I agree with you 100%, although (and I cringe as I say this…) I’m new to this blogging thing (title of one my posts where I moan about the lack of civility in ‘new bloggers ‘)
    I am enjoying your style and I enjoy self referential (is that a word?) blog posts where the writer is contemplating their bloggery prowess. Makes me feel like I’m in bohemian Paris, sipping absinthe and smoking a long cigarette while saying, “Don’t worry -the Muses, they will come…” (puff puff)
    Aaaaaanyway! Enjoyed this!


  5. I’m still new at this but I’ve published a little over 80 posts since I started back in March. The early posts got next to no views, say nothing about comments. Since most of my posts are about crazy things that have happened to me, a lot of the themes are interconnected. I will reference an old post and provide a URL in case anyone wants to take a trip back in time. It’s not a foolproof method, but I find I still get comments on some of my earlier stuff. I’m at the point where I have pretty much drained the well on nutty stories from my past, so now I’m going to have to rely on the present. Wish me luck and I wish you the very same!


  6. Good ol’ Biff. You’ve come to the epiphany that I had, I don’t care about what I wrote last week -monitoring how many people think I’m witty or interesting or insightful is narcissistic. Watching #s of followers and Likes will tie you up in crappy writing. I have friends who have published books and been published in journals. But they also have been writing 30 years.

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    • Thanks, notDonner! It was one of those slow-acting epiphanies. I had become so hung up on the fact that I was repeating things I’d said in earlier blogs that I had basically “locked up”. I may still be locked up and in need of a good re-boot, but at least now I know the reason. Or, at least, I think I do. Lol!

      Thanks for the comment! Happy blogging!

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  7. Absolutely right. Links to previous posts are mostly useless for a blog, readers only care what the current post is. Eventually I’m planning to move to a more website-like page that is about archiving content rather than the timed posting of a blog. Someday when I have more time…

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    • Thanks for the comment, Jmw! And I agree wholeheartedly. I’m obviously a big fan of WordPress, but I do wish the blogger had more control over what is shown. Posts just sort of slip below the surface and disappear after a day or two or three (depending on how often one posts). Short of reblogging them, there’s no good way to resurrect them that I’ve seen. Oh well … it’s still a lot better than what I had before, which was nothing. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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