Blogging at the Three Year Mark

I was responding to a post by nursekelly on the trials and tribulations of blogging.  It piqued my interest and resulted in a post of its own.  As of this January, I have now been blogging for 3 years (on and off) and I make the following observations:


It was very hard to start.  I was fearful of saying something stupid or wrong and of not getting any response.  Over time, I found it easier to post, although finding new topics is still difficult and seems to come in spurts.  Saying stupid things comes naturally to me so I got over that quickly.

I picked a theme to find “my voice.”  Being a curmudgeon-at-large wasn’t that hard. Even though there were and are others with the same idea, my innate warped sense of humor gave me focus.  Can you blog successfully without a focus?  Well, Jerry Seinfeld made millions of dollars with a comedy show “based on nothing,” but most of us need a focus.

Building a set of loyal followers takes time but it only takes a few who have a rather large following and an interest in your blog to increase activity.  Commenting on other peoples’ blogs also helps (but does not guarantee) to increase activity on your own and, quite frankly, I need to do more of it.

I have not encountered “super bloggers” (100,000+ followers) but I have noticed several who get a very large number of likes and comments even though the actual post seem inane or lacking content.  I still don’t know why this happens.  I find more revealing those bloggers who write well or have a creative view, have a sizable audience (100’s or 1000’s, not 100,000), get a sizable number of comments and still have time to reply to most.  These bloggers are dedicated to interaction and exchange of ideas.  Personally, I would prefer to be the latter rather than the former.

I have several fellow bloggers who are writers – no surprise that many bloggers are writers – who unabashedly use their blogs to advertise their books.  Not one (so far) has asked for a contribution and I believe it fair to use a blog for marketing promotion.  If you like the way the blogger writes, then you will be more likely to be interested in their books.

Bloggers come and go.  Some get exhausted; many run out of ideas; some have reached their primary goal (sobriety, end of a bad relationship, fear of writing, etc.). While I still read and follow many that I started with, others have, regrettably, stopped blogging.  The upside is to encourage looking for new ones.

Obscenity and vulgarity – I don’t mind it and I use it occasionally for emphasis but I’m not good at it.  Besides, there are already too many “fuck you” rants posts as it is.

I try to read as many different types of blogs as possible, from the creative, inspirational and poetic to those that others might find offensive, weird or unusual.  I want to stretch my aging brain, not restrict it.  While I have written posts about subjects like elderporn, alien anal probing and sex with animals, I would hope that no one takes me seriously.  (Sorry to disappoint you, Fido.)

So, what’s your blogging view and experience, whether newbie or veteran?  Is it up, down, sideways, ever-changing or static?  I await your reply with bated breath.  (Does bated breath leave a taste in your mouth?)

I Am Not Committing an Unnatural Act

Got your attention, didn’t I?

Not only am I not now committing an unnatural act but, to disappoint all you voyeurs out there, I have no plans to commit one in the future.  Well, with one exception.  For me, writing in general and writing about myself or my experiences is, in many ways, an unnatural act.

When I started this blog, I did so for a number of personal reasons:

  • I wanted to keep up my written and communication skills;

[An aside:  Do you remember that throughout your life, whether in a school or job interview, you always had to have good oral and written skills?  Does anyone ever ask for bad oral and written skills?]

  • I wanted to see if I could be amusing and varied enough to draw a reasonable following and
  • I wanted to dazzle you with my earth-shattering dark humor and cynicism.

I was concerned that I could not keep up the pace of writing even an occasional post and that I would quickly run out of ideas.  I hoped for a weekly or twice a week run of ideas that would keep me going.  So far, so good.  Some even pop up without effort and I complete them on the spot.  Some are inspired by other bloggers.  Most take time.  I was always better at prepared speeches than extemporaneous ones and the same applies to writing.

I admire those of you who post daily, or almost daily, without becoming routine or boring.  You intersperse your posts with graphics and videos and, even when revealing intimate details about yourself, do so with humor and insight.  I try to follow a wide range of bloggers to expand my own view and, thankfully, none of you delves into the truly disgusting like “Boy, did I have a good bowel movement today.  Here’s a video clip.”  Thank you for not sharing and I apologize in advance to your eyeballs if I have given someone a really, really bad idea.

What I am seeking – and have not yet obtained – is a faster and easier flow of ideas and words.  Perfection is not my goal.  I just re-read Hemingway and Stephen King.  Neither is a perfect writer but both keep your attention.   That’s my goal – to keep your attention and make you smile (or groan) while bitching, complaining, bellyaching and grousing.  All of those, by the way, come easily to me.

Writing is hard.  Let me restate that.  Writing logical, interesting articles is hard; writing incoherent, nonsensical babble is easy.  I do it all the time.

I’ve worked myself up into such a frenzy that it’s now time to stop writing and go out and throw invectives and non-lethal objects at passersby.

What in blogging comes easily to you and what is uncommonly hard?