I have been officially blogging for almost 3 weeks now, and the experience had been everything from exciting to frustrating. I think, for the most part, this is because I keep asking myself the nagging question, “Am I doing this right?”
Sometimes I will write an entry that I think is meaningful and helpful. I feel good that I can post it and possible help someone solve a problem or live a better life. Then I post. No reaction. My spirits sink.
Then I post something frivolous, goofy and mostly meaningless. The reaction: I get “likes” and “followers” and I feel uplifted.
So I ask myself, “What is it better to have: a whole ‘library’ of meaningful blogs, or a long list of followers?” Are quality and quantity mutually exclusive, or do I have to write about toilet paper and cookie recipes and people slipping on banana peels to attract an audience – and, more importantly, should I care?
Truth of the matter is that I do care. I do want people to read what I have to say – just like everyone else here. Is this ego and self-puffery? Perhaps. But no one can deny the thrill of being liked or finding out that a new person wants to follow you.
So right now I feel like that guy who says he will give you a free weekend in the Bahamas; the only catch is that you have to sit and listen to his 3-hour sales pitch to sell Florida real estate. Is this dishonest? Is this bait and switch? I certainly hope not. I certainly hope that as long as I stay true to myself, I will eventually garner more followers.
In the mean time, did you hear the one about…