Why blog? I do it to put my thoughts on paper (so to speak) and now, I’m really not sure that’s enough to keep doing it…
One reason I starting writing this blog many, many posts ago was to connect with people, gain some traction, get some comments, and just maybe even create some sort of community discussion of sorts on a topic of mutual interest. Little of this has happened with any of my posts, yet I continue to pour out my thoughts to a massive non-listening, disinterested internet public.
Sure, it provides some sense of accomplishment for me when I can say “I blogged today” in answer to “Did you have a productive day? … but increasingly that’s just not enough.
So in this last month of 2011, I remember the Einstein adage (apparently while this saying is attributed to him, he didn’t actually say this, but nonetheless):
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
In 2011, I tried different things with this blog:
1. I wrote about a variety of things to see if the results would be different – nope, same (non-)readership.
2. I started posting comments and links on other people’s blogs – no difference in readership or reciprocal links.
4. I tried posting my views on a few “controversial” subjects to spur interest, but that made no discernible difference either.
I’m tempted to stop posting altogether, and I suspect the non-readership won’t notice.
If you are reading this, thank you for doing so. If you take the time to comment, thank you even more. If you care whether or not I continue writing, please say so, because my ‘invisible’ blog doesn’t give a boost to my productivity.
Maybe I’ve missed the boat altogether and blogging is like life, some people score hits and others aren’t even picked for a team. I’m beginning to think that my writing is mediocre at best (it’s okay to tell me so and save me the ongoing disillusionment!)
Meanwhile, today, in the ignorance of not knowing where I sit in the spectrum and feeling utterly invisible in the blogosphere, I can only mutter to myself, “What the blog?”
Have a great weekend!