I find that I compete with myself daily as a blogger. I check my statistics multiple times hoping that I have more visitors today than yesterday or my highest day. Why am I driven to do this, I wonder? The statistics gods seem to know that people like me click their little line graph like a cookie addict reaches for the fresh-baked snicker doodle that calls from the plate in the center of the table. I’m not trying to sell anything. Yet, the blog gods suggest what to do to get more visitors, suddenly my mind is screeching “Get More Views! Get More Views!”
So if I really want to be a successful (as defined by Getting More Views) blogger, what must I do? The best blogs usually have a theme. Highly viewed bloggers write about what they know best, and they are worth reading because readers know they will learn something about that subject. In the information line I see lots of travel blogs, and I’m not sure yet what sets the good apart from the great. Political, economics-related, and educational blogs are popular as well, but they don’t seem to show up in my reader. Hmmmm.
I enjoy conversational blogs. The topics vary greatly depending on each writer’s life. Folks write about their experiences with cancer, fishing, raising kids, eating sweets, shopping, or whatever consumes them for the moment. I enjoy getting acquainted with these people, but their viewometers don’t usually register at the viral level, unless they are about 18 and writing about music or sports that is already a viral topic on its own.
Other successful blogs may not have a specific theme, like travel or self-publishing, but they display quality product. Expert writing varies from humorous, thought-provoking, informative, surprising, emotional, or a stunning tapestry of description either in poetry or prose. Great photography, even just the “record shots” my dad took, requires an artistic eye. Photographs include primarily snapshots, and by that I mean unposed. However, photographers often stage the possibility of a photograph, where they position the camera on a tripod and wait for the right second when the bug walks on stage or the lightning flashes. Many take conversational photos, just snapping what strikes their fancy at the moment when they happened to be holding their camera. Other photographers’ skills lie in processing the photos layering and enhancing what they took to make something extraordinary. I think fewer people actually manipulate their photos once they are created because it takes a tremendous amount of time and knowledge.
My blog falls into the conversational category. My life experiences flit like a theme-less butterfly, streaming from thought to thought, from interest to interest, and from experiment to experiment. My photographs aren’t ugly or uninteresting, but I wouldn’t rank them as competitive either. The only constant is that I love to write, take pictures, dabble in processing, and hurry up and publish, so that I can see More Views. “Take More Pictures, Write More Words! Get More Views!” my head is bombarded with these burgeoning thoughts.
This blogging experiment caught me. I’ve turned from a butterfly into a fish, and I’m netted. I’m making friends in places I’ve never been, and learning skills I never had. I’m getting positive feedback – even from my husband and friends at home. And I even Got More Views than I ever thought possible the other day, when 100 people visited my site. WHOOPEE!!! I’m happy, happy, happy!!!!