It’s official (well, according to the statistics wordpress does for me) — this is published Post #100! It’s been a fun ride (at least for me) since I published my first blog entry back on my birthday last May, and I hope you’ve enjoyed things as well, too. Since I’ve done 100 posts since I started, that’s an average of about one post every 3.5 days, or about two a week. While in general that seems like a pretty good amount of posting, there are some things I have learned about the blogging world.
One is that if you post consistently every day or every few days, people seem to come back each day, but if you go a long spurt without posts, you seem to quickly lose many readers. Some people seem to subscribe to the blog, meaning they are notified by some source when it is updated, and others just come back every day or so or whenever they think about it to see what they’ve missed.
Also, I’ve learned that reading other blogs and posting comments can bring in more readers (though if you’re not consistent — and if they’re not interested in what you’re writing — they quickly fade away).
But all this comes back to why I started this blog, and that was simply to get out some thoughts that people could read and think about if they wanted to, and if not, oh well. As any writer, though, I do crave readers, so I’m constantly going between a desire to do things to bring more readers and not feeling pressure to write unless I want to, but even that’s a challenge.
I am a bit disappointed, though, that there aren’t more comments to my posts, which means either my thoughts and words don’t spark anything for the reader (which I desperately hope is not true) or people just aren’t interested or inspired enough to post a comment of affirmation or questioning or disagreement. So I challenge you to make this blog partly your blog, too, and join me as I endeavor to write another 100, 200, 300, or more blogs in the coming months and years.
Peace — eric