Blogged Like a Rented Mule

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Contrary to popular perception, blogging is hard work.

Or, at least, unceasing work.

Post every day, visit lots of sites, be generous with likes and comments, and your traffic will climb steadily.  Life is good.

Stop posting for a few days and when you come back to it, it’s like the very first day you signed up on WordPress.  Zero traffic.  No comments.  A post that was previously showing up in the top 20 or so hits under a relatively popular search term at Google has disappeared.

The tide has erased your footprints in the sand.

So the takeaway, my fellow bloggers, is to never stop posting, even for a minute.  Post like your life depends on it.  Post even if you have absolutely nothing to say.

Post, post, post!

And when you think you have finally posted enough, that is when you should really jump like a frightened rabbit and post some more.

Post til you drop.

Then post some more.

And always remember, blogging is a marathon with no finish line.

 

This inspirational message was brought to you by the fine folks at The Society for the Prevention of Indifference to Bloggers (SPIB). 

36 comments

  1. How true, I’m just a blogger on the edge of the playgound, trying to explain to Cyberspouse why I’m still on the computer when I said I would be down to cook dinner, down when he says dinner is ready, down to watch the next episode of our favourite Scandi Noir, down to wash the dishes… Here I am checking Likes, responding to the occasional comment… and trying to get on with my novel. No sleep of course, wake up in the midle of the night with idea for next blog….

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  2. I like your blog and your brand of humour. I can understand that that may not be enough to sustain you – it is all unsexy hard work. Lots of sweaty pushing boulders uphill. Hemingway said writing was easy: sit down in front of a typewriter and bleed. That gets a bit messy, of course.

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    • Hi Wilt! Great comment! You speak the truth. I do enjoy writing. Very much. I try not to get caught up on the treadmill that makes it seem like work. I just try to do it because I enjoy it.

      Getting to meet people like you who’s sense of humor is a lot like my own is rewarding in its own right.

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      • Yes Biff. What sustains me is the knowledge that what I create is mine alone. All my content is a repository for my kids, too that at some future time they will realize how nutty as a fruitcake i REALLY was. ☆(❁‿❁)☆

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  3. True that. I hit a wall a while back, after coming to the conclusion that spending all that time reading other blogs and trying to come up with something new for mine was chewing into real life too much. Feeling I was compelled to post even weekly (and sometimes weakly) made me feel like I was a post hole digger. I mean, how important is it getting that 500th follower if 450 of ’em were just trolling?

    Of course, it’s the other 50 that make it worth while. Post for fun. If it was fun, post some more.

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    • So true, Dave! It does feel a lot like work some days. I am so glad to have all of the followers I do, and certainly some of them have become great friends. Like most things in life, blogging is a mixed bag of blessings and frustrations. But the blessings always outweigh the frustrations. I always try to keep that in mind.

      (And good one about the post hole digger! )

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  4. haha – blogging is like a marathon with no finish line! So true! Blogging is lots of fun, and it’s a lot of work trying to keep up, too. Guess I’m lucky I don’t work outside the home, so I can do blogging all day, if I want to. You’re right, though…if you take a short break, it’s like starting over getting back into the swing of things, and catching up with email notices takes forever. But, I have that FOMO thing – the fear of missing out! 🙂

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    • Hi! And yes, as much as I love blogging, I do get a little weary of the whole notion that you can’t get off of the treadmill once you get on it. A little rest now and then would be nice.

      Happy blogging!

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  5. I hear that. I post every two weeks on my editing blog, and had been posting every two weeks on my personal blog, plus the final Friday of each month for a blogfest. I took a couple months off from my personal one because life was just too busy right then, and I’m struggling to get back to the routine of it again.

    I often think the only people who comment on my editing blog are the same people who have commented on it for the past five years, with a yearly turnover of only a couple people. I do love my commenters, because they’re faithful and they often engage with each other, which is always fun, but I’m not sure how to increase the traffic there, other than to keep putting out consistent content and sharing it on my various social media accounts.

    I don’t comment here each time, because it’s difficult for me to keep up with daily blogs, honestly. Once a week is about what I can manage for taking the time to read what’s in my inbox (my oldest son has a daily music blog and I still don’t manage to read all of his posts, either). How do we manage to increase the number of available hours in the day? I really need to speak with God about this . . . surely there’s some compromise we can reach.

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  6. The day my posts come out, I get good traffic, and then on the following days, numbers dwindle. I don’t mind. I never thought I’d get as many followers as I have, and I’m thankful for each one! That being said, I do believe you’re right in saying that successful bloggers post often.

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    • Hi Candice! I notice the same thing … and, like you, I’m very thankful for each and every one of my readers. I am always supremely honored when someone takes the time to read anything I’ve written

      Like

  7. A sad but true blog. How do you get a blog noticed when there are billions of them out there? I was in a Barnes and Noble last week. Millions of books. How do you get a book noticed when there are billions of books out there? What’s the answer Mr. Biff??

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    • Thanks, Drooger. I have had the same feelings of being overwhelmed in a sea of people who are just as talented as me, and often more so. It is hard to stay “up” and motivated when it is easy to find a thousand other people who can do everything I can, and better. But I keep plugging away anyway. Like the person said, sometimes success is just a matter of showing up.

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