Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Small potatoes



It didn’t take me long to figure out that I’m probably never going to be a big-time blogger. I’ll probably never have thousands of followers or get paid buku bucks for my mad writing skills. I’ll probably never have thousands of comments on every post or other bloggers falling all over themselves to get a piece of me.

But that’s okay. Really. It is. I don’t have the time or gumption to do what it apparently takes to reach such an elite status.


I’m not blowing up Twitter.

Twitter is awesome. It’s also the world’s biggest time-suck. I get on once or twice a day. Every now and then I might tweet something besides a link to my daily blog post, but not often. Every now and then, I’ll retweet something that just happens to appear in the ten most recent tweets, but not often. I just don’t have time to sit on Twitter all day.

I also don’t get into long conversations on Twitter. During one of my brief perusals, I’ll see three or four people having a long, hilarious (or sometimes serious) conversation, and I’ll wonder “How do they find the time for this?” A few times, I have replied to a tweet that I thought was particularly clever or interesting, and even fewer times that reply has launched into a conversation. But I think I can count on one hand the number of times that’s happened.

I just feel odd striking up conversations with complete strangers. Perhaps this is my lack of confidence shining through, but I worry that my reply would somehow obligate them to talk to me. They would be kind enough to do so out of guilt, like when someone you don’t really know plops down at your lunch table. You might chat for a few minutes, but you secretly hope they don’t sit there again tomorrow. I don’t want Twitter pity, so I usually play it safe and stick to people I know. Just like in my real life.


I’m not a great commenter.

I adore and follow many wonderful bloggers, and I read almost every post. Sometimes I have to get caught up after a week or two of neglect (because life happens), but I really do try to catch up. This is usually accomplished from my phone while I’m nursing Q-man, which is often my only moment of stillness during the day.

I want to comment on every post I read, but sometimes it’s hard to leave comments from my phone. What I want to say is often too long to type with one thumb and the interface of some blogs’ mobile sites are a bit cumbersome.

So I’ll think “As soon as I get back to my laptop, I’m going to comment on these posts.” But by the time I get back to my laptop, my head is full of to-do’s and I’m on to the next thing. And so my favorite bloggers never even know I was there.


I don’t know how to use my stats.

I know only the basics that are displayed right in front of me. For example, I know how many followers I have on Twitter and GFC, and I know how many people like my Facebook page, but only because that information is right there when I log in. I have no idea how many people subscribe via email and RSS because that requires more than a quick glance to the right.

Since Blogger changed its interface, I can now easily see how many page views each post has, which I never investigated before. So now I know each post gets a couple hundred views, and that’s pretty cool. (Except for this one that has over 27,000 views. Upon further investigation, I realized that a bunch of people in the UK were Googling “Sloth” and “Goonies” and my post came up in their results. Kinda funny.)

Even if I did a better job of tracking all my stats, examining trends and discovering the highest traffic sources, I wouldn’t really know how to use that information to get more people over here.


I’m not a stalker.

Finally, I don’t fall all over big-time bloggers hoping they’ll throw me a bone. If a post has over 100 comments, I assume there’s no way the blogger has time to read them all and I usually don’t bother leaving one. I don’t have time to stalk blogosphere celebrities, although I’m sure they’re lovely people.


My readers and followers are few, but I like to think of you all as a small, but elite group with sophisticated blog taste. (Humor me, will you?) Maybe someday when Quinn is older and more self-sufficient, I’ll be able to put effort into attracting more followers. But until then, I’m fine with just being small potatoes. 


14 comments:

  1. I thinkbeing a "big time blogger" is lightning in a bottle, honestly. I get down in the dumps sometimes b/c of lack of comments and not blowing up twitter...and then I try and remember why I blog and it makes me feel better!!!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Tiffany. I write because I enjoy it, because I love having a creative outlet, because it organizes my thoughts, because of this fabulous blogging community in which I'm honored to belong.

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  2. I think that there is only so much you can balance with small children and a household. I try to keep but, some days my life takes up all the time I have in a day.

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    1. I totally know what you mean. I often sacrifice sleep to write my blog, and then when I re-read it in the morning, I think it sounds terrible. Tired writing is usually bad writing - at least for me.

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  3. I love stopping by A Wide Line and am so glad I did today. I have experienced the same range of emotions you wrote about in this post, and like you, have found a way toward peace.

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    1. Aw, thanks. Glad to know other bloggers feel the same way.

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  4. Ok, it's like you read my mind for this post. I feel the same way and I'm okay with it too. I still plan to grow my blog but for me, not to be a big time blogger. I'm happy to continue to build relationships here and there. I have "met" some great people through blogging. Even if I don't get a lot of traffic or comments, the people who do come by my blog are really supportive and that makes it worth. Keep it up, I love your honesty.

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    1. Thanks, Nicolette! I agree, the small group of bloggers I've "met" and feel like I know is amazing. I feel like part of a little supportive group of encouraging, inspiring writers and mothers, and I love it.

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  5. That's alright. The main point of having a blog anyway before all the hype is just getting your thoughts out there. It's primarily supposed to be an outlet.

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    1. Exactly right. I feel like this blog keeps my brain organized. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Well said, I agree! Perhaps it's a self esteem thing, but I can never think of anything particularly interesting to say, and I think my brain works in bullet points - while one line is usually enough to get my thoughts down, it's not ideal for building a following! So my blog is sometimes a brain dump but more often a place for shopping wish-lists and some of the photos I'm pleased with! Erika here, dropping in from Time Travel Tuesday :)

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Erika! Just checked out your Etsy shop. Your jewelry is gorgeous. I'm sending my husband a link... ;)

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  7. PS: What an amazing co-incidence - we spent our honeymoon in Italy too, and did the same as you with the 1st week in Positano and the 2nd week in Florence!!!!! We then went on to Sienna for a few days - blissful!

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    1. Lovely, isn't it? I hear Sienna is just gorgeous!

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