Last six months I am writing for my blog. In the beginning my enthusiasm was different; and as time passed it changed. Initially, I saw hundreds of people giving feedback’s to other blogs, I felt happy. I was sure my posts will also catch them up soon.
I wrote a lot of posts, almost everyday I was writing two or three posts; and everyday I expected a whole lot of visitors (readers).
Nothing happened. Everyday started with a new beginning, new expectations and everyday ended with the same old routine endings. The wait seems to become unbearable. My visitor counter moved at a snail pace. My posts hardly got feedback’s.
And that led me to do some retrospection. I asked myself: Why is that people are not reading my blog? Why I am not getting feedback or comments? Do I really need to be an expert in SEO and tagging to ensure good number of readers? What is that people read?
I read all my blog again. I found the following drawbacks –
Bad English – My English is bad and phrasing worse. I am not able to describe the emotions in most perfect way or most readable way. I read few other blogs and they seem to be perfect, in English, in use of words, phrasing sentences, or building up the stories. No wonder they have lots of visitors.
Asking Comments – All I am doing is writing about myself. I am not giving advices or asking people to comment. Title like “What to do when so and so happens” gets more clicks. Or posts which ask people their view points do get feedback’s. My posts are not open for discussion, which itself is a drawback.
Writing poems – I don’t write poems. I have seen posts with poems gets far more clicks then some of the good posts. Maybe poems are a better way of expressing our thoughts. Writing poems needs a lot of creativity and it really needs a good stock of vocabulary.
Using Pictures – I don’t use pictures to express my thoughts. I have seen some blogs using remarkably expressive photographs (though taken from google search) and it complements their thoughts. May be pictures are also a good way of expressing thoughts.
No Humour – I have no humour in my writings. Writing with humour and makings things good to read is based on creativity and proper use of English. And I agree it is all because of lack of creativity on my part that I can’t make my writing interesting
Different topics – I don’t write in various topics. All that I write about is life and realities. Maybe people like to read different topics and have wide interests.
SEO and Tagging – I don’t know what it means but whatever it means …. It is important. Wherever I read – ‘how to increase visitors’, I see ‘search engine optimization’ and ‘tagging’ as the key words. I am not an expert in these. I use tags as I feel they define my posts, not to ensure more visitors from google search.
Content: – I was writing ‘boring’ stuff. It was like a parallel cinema which only few visitors go and watch. I was writing the harsh realities of life and asking myself some difficult questions about relationships. Maybe my approach is wrong. Maybe people don’t like asking questions which don’t have easy answers. May be people don’t want to look into the mirror and look deep into their eyes, it scares them. Sometimes it is better to avoid or not hear certain things; maybe my posts are also falling into that categories.
And then I said to myself “Oh! I thought blogging was easier. Only the strength of my emotions and inner thoughts will be enough to interest readers to read and put forward their comments about it or recomment my blog to others.”
Well I forgot, everything has become calculated and mechanized now, everything has to follow routines and everything can be manipulated. Loneliness, sadness, deep emotions, difficult questions about life hardly counts, no one has time for all this. The cover of the books or the name of the author sells, not the content of the book – as someone rightly said.
I thought blogging was different. But ….
“Oh God!!! Not again …. I started again ….”