blogging is what we make it

April 9, 2012 at 6:22 am 7 comments


charlie brown and snoopy – charles schulz

“There are 13,268,612 sites with a better three-month global Alexa traffic rank than Plaridel.wordpress.com.”

as if to confirm alexa’s ranking, google gives this blog a 1 point rating on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the best). if you’re interested in finding how your own blog stacks up, click here.

wow, it’s a personal best for me. with over a hundred million blogs in existence today, i’d gladly take either ranking. when i started this blog in wordpress in 2009, i wasn’t sure of its eventual fate. the hope of surviving in the already crowded blogosphere was almost nil. fast forward 2012. i’m still here. i’ve made it this far with almost 200 posts under my belt. ain’t it something?

the average lifespan of personal blogs, such as this one, is very short. at least, i can speak of those i’d followed through the years. after a good head start, they slowly run out of steam. you’ll notice it when the intervals between their posts become stretched until they finally stop altogether. some choose to exit cleanly by deleting their accounts. some choose to die unceremoniously leaving their carcasses on the internet behind.

i guess personal blogging is like exercise. it comes at the time in your life when you feel you’ve got to shed some heaviness inside. it ends when you come to realize that the weight has been lifted or that you can’t really do anything about it. in case of the latter, you learn to let it be and move on with your life.

personal blogging is made to order for introverts who keep to themselves and hide a lot of secrets wanting to be free. it gives them an outlet to share these secrets on their own terms, including writing under a pseudonym. and like working out in the gym, the more they uncover themselves, the higher the probability of attracting a curious or sympathetic audience depending on their level of maturity.

hey, i don’t say outgoing types can’t run an interesting blog. they do. as they say, it’s all on the wrist. in other words, it’s all in the presentation and the quality of the content that they provide. as opposed to the introverts, they reveal their true selves in pictures and in prose in their postings. humor and the good life are usually the chosen topics of these people.

just as the motivation to exercise starts to wane after the initial high, so is the desire to keep on blogging. one reason is due to lack of interest. if the blog is not getting much traffic, it’s very easy for the blogger to be discouraged and quit altogether. i know. i’ve been there. i’ve seen them thar days when i just want to hit the ‘delete’ button and kiss the blogosphere goodbye.

so, what makes me stick around a little bit more? i don’t know. it’s probably the illusion that somewhere in this wide world, i’ve touched someone and made a difference.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  April 9, 2012 at 7:31 am

    it’s like a “progress report” for me.. i started blogging when my heart broke for the first time. i feel good whenever i read my old posts, laugh at being overly bitter and stupid at the same time. now that i think im better in handling emotions, im just writing just to document significant events in my life. also to share tips about anything under the sun, from food to travels and anything of interest.

    but of course, i still rant at times. one of the main reasons why i blog. 😀

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  April 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      ac:

      i hear ya. there are indeed many reasons why we blog. but mostly, we blog because we love to write. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. RMJ  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Success in bloggging is about making the right connections. Content is secondary.

    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/21-tactics-to-increase-blog-traffic-2012

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  April 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      rmj:

      thanks for sharing.

      Reply
  • 5. anonymous  |  April 14, 2012 at 6:18 am

    I gave up after realizing that nobody was interested in reading my stuff. I wish you the best of luck.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  April 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      anonymous:

      i’m sorry to hear that you quit, but i can relate. 😦

      Reply
  • 7. sub  |  May 17, 2012 at 1:11 am

    ditto.

    Reply

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