Last week I spent five minutes making an initial list of things I want to achieve / goals. This was the list:
Write a book
Write an awesome song
Get a new job
Become an expert in something
Write a popular blog
Live abroad for at least a year
Learn a language
See the Northern Lights
Find something that excites me
This list is still newborn and I will spend some time considering it further and refining it / adding to it, but for the moment I want to talk about number 5 on the list as I have already embarked upon this particular mission to: Write a popular blog.
By now I had expected to have hundreds of followers hanging on my every word, waiting with eager anticipation for my next post and clamouring to find out my true identity. The reality is rather well, disappointing… a minor setback I’m sure. I thought my blog had been visited by 9 people (woohoo!) but in actual fact I realised yesterday that all 9 of those people were in fact me checking out my blog from my phone. The truth is, none of my posts have actually been read by anyone. I’m not really sure how you’re supposed to attract people to your blog – I assumed it would somehow magically happen all by itself and all I had to do was keep blogging. Well I shall keep plodding on, but I honestly don’t have a clue how to actually attract readers. In the WordPress ‘how to’ guide it mentions things like twitter & facebook. The problem is I am writing this anonymously, so I can’t exactly go onto facebook and invite all my friends – that would completely defeat the object of this blog. I want this blog’s success (or failure) to be purely based on the interest of strangers… perhaps that’s a recipe for disaster? However, if this blog is to remain truthful and honest, I have to remain anonymous or it will effect what I write and the things that I write about – especially as a lot of the content will be about my friends, family and work colleagues. As I intend to be brutally honest, it would be very wrong if anyone I refer to is identifiable.
So then, on the plus side I have started writing my hugely successful and popular blog, on the downside, it is neither successful nor popular. I’m thinking that perhaps I need to spend a little less time writing my blog, and a little more time reading other peoples blogs? I am also thinking that perhaps I should rename my blog and use that same name to create a new twitter account to link this blog to. Sounds like a plan to me. I probably also need to look at this tagging thing a little more closely and make sure my blog is as accessible as possible. All sounds great in theory, but lets see if any of it makes any difference to my current readership of zero. sigh.
I have already decided that I will crack open a bottle of Champagne the day I receive my first ‘comment’ from a reader.