I wrote my first post on March 15, 2016. Since that time I have published 237 post and have picked up 749 followers.
I will occasionally thumb backwards to that point in March a long, long time ago (7 months) and look at the people who commented, some of the followers that I picked up and who liked a post way back when and wonder “Where did they go?”.
My followers list is 38 pages long. But the thing is when I go to page 38 some of these people no longer exist, or they haven’t posted anything on their blogs in months. When I look at the comment section, 1,150 comments from others to date, people who chatted my fingers off three months ago I have never heard from again. Did I piss them off? Did I become too boring, or predictable? “Where did they go”?
I am always fascinated by the reasons people begin a blog in the first place. Some use it as a forum to vent, others want to explain their side of the story. Some enjoy the creative aspect of it, others the social component. Whatever the reason, whatever the rationale maintaining a blog is not for the faint of heart. One of the most often repeated sentences I read on a blog is “Sorry I have been gone for so long”. When I check to see when their last post was months had passed maybe even years. When I look to see who they are apologizing too I discover they have three followers (and I know they are one of the three).
I have learned very quickly that if I am not posting I am not getting any views. A good “view” day for me is about 200 or so. A typical day (one of two post) is 100 to 150 views. But if I go a day or two without posting anything, seven views.
I can normally knock out a 500 word post in an hour once the idea comes to me and I love it when the idea comes. I like the feeling, I like how the words and thoughts meld together. I have a number of language, terminology, grammar and diction challenges to overcome when I write. My simple mind has simple thoughts that I write in a very simple misspelled, sometimes backwards, language. But I like creating, exploring and thinking through words and ideas. It has been a wonderful exercise for me.
So for those of you who have stuck with me over the last few months, or who have just joined me, to those that have encouraged me, shared your thoughts for or against, I thank you. As I have said previously I will do this as long as I keep having those “ideas” or until people quit reading. I can promise you this, you will never read a post on here that begins with “Sorry I have been gone for so long”. Before that happens I will be gone or dead which ever happens to come first. Blessings & Peace 2 each of u.