This has been a great week/month for my blog. I announced my book this past Monday and made some efforts to publicize my blog. This was the first time I had done so. The result was a higher “Hit Count” for the past week than I have ever had.
I also – narrowly – beat my previous best month with a count of 430.
To put my “Hit Count” in perspective, though, I found a blog where one single article generated 736 “likes” How many people would have had to read it to actually respond in a favorable manner? Hell, 624 people commented on it. She has over 2,500 followers (I believe I have in the neighborhood of 20). Admittedly she writes on a more popular subject than I do – primarily “drinking wine” rather than “not drinking wine” – but she also has another advantage over me: she’s a great writer. I know nothing about her. She may have a column in the newspaper in her hometown, she may be a novelist… but I know this: she has honed her skill better than I have honed mine.
The reason I bring her up is not to compare us. I know that it’s not a race or a contest. My point is that while she has 100 times as many followers as I do – and I cannot imagine what it would feel like to be 100 times as “successful” – I heard once that Ashton Kutcher has over a million followers on Twitter. What could that bonehead have to say, except: “I’ve seen Demi Moore naked!”
Yeah. We all have, buddy. And what the hell is Twitter, anyway?
There really is no limit to communication today.
“If you’d come today you could have reached a whole nation.
Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication.”
~Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar
I started my blog 3 ½ years ago. I wrote for 6 months – and then stopped for a year – before I even told anyone that I had a blog. When that woman showed some interest in it, it sparked a desire in me to start writing again. Even since then my efforts have been rather sporadic. I have made a commitment to myself to publish something – hopefully more impressive than my shopping list – every week for the next 18 months. I have learned how to schedule the release of a piece at a certain date and time. I am going to release a new piece every Wednesday morning. I even have my next 2 articles already in the can.
My intention is to have 75 pieces by summer of 2015. I’ll pick the best 50ish and see if I can put together another book.
30+ years ago I lived with a young woman who pointed out that every time you hear about an actor or a sports figure or see them on the cover of a magazine it wasn’t so much “news” as it was “the media reporting on the media”. I have done that with this column. Rather than blogging about things that affect the sick and suffering alcoholic, I have blogged about blogging. I do not intend to do this again. I just want to point out that while I don’t write for applause and I didn’t publish my book to get rich, knowing that people actually enjoy reading my output brings me much joy.
Thank you all for taking this journey with me.