My new blog is just over two weeks old. An infant. A newborn. I wonder at times, if it isn’t a premature baby. Have I launched my creative outlet too soon? If you go on the premise that I’m writing just for myself, then who cares, right? It’s for my own pleasure and development, my own amusement. Or is it? If that were the case, I could write my blog out as a personal journal or diary, where no one would read it but me. But, I do want people to read it. I haven’t quite figured out why this is yet. I’m either looking for rejection or mountains of praise. Or just validation that I’m trying to be creative.
As of this point, I bet I know a full 12% of what my WordPress blog is capable of doing for me. I know how to create a new post, edit the post, post the post. I haven’t figured out how to upload photos yet or create a personal theme, but I did find the “Blog Stats” page. This was a mistake. This is where the “rejection” or “mountains of praise” come into play, not to mention turning your psyche into mashed potatoes.
After four days, I had 17 visits to my blog. What the ? How did they find me? To my knowledge, there were only two people who knew about the site. My son and moi. Let’s say he was responsible for three of the visits, which I think is being overly generous on my part, as he’s told me over and over, he’s a waaaaay busy person, he wouldn’t have too much extra time to check in on Mom and her silly meanderings.
Then I found the part of the Stats page that said, “Referrers.” I’m guessing this was where the readers were coming from. Two were from my son’s successful blog at www.seanogle.com. Thank you whoever you are. The others are coming from such sites as digg.com, pleasefreeinfo.blogspot and my favorite, bestpaidsurvey.yabadaba-doo. Sounds like a site Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble own. It makes me a bit leery of where my posts are landing out there in cyberville. I suppose some people might be coming from sites I have posted on, but seriously, yabadaba-doo? As best I can recall, I haven’t been on Fred’s site.
At two weeks and counting old, I’m patiently waiting for my first real comment on my blog. I’ve only had three, two of them were from my son and the other was from his friend, Tate. And where I appreciated them, they weren’t real, honest to God readers. As of this posting, I’ve had 105 visits to my site. Other than the two mentioned, not one comment. I’m trying not to take this personally. I realize I’m a baby blogger, a newbie, apparently a person with uninteresting things to say. One of the books on blogging I’m reading says to ask for comments. Okay, so here goes. Please post a comment. Be nice, keep it clean and remember my psyche made of mashed potatoes. Even an “I read your blog and have nothing to comment,” would be a minor victory. Please give me a legitimate reason to be checking my blog stats page twenty times a day.
So, who wants to be the first? Everybody desires to be first at something. Now’s your chance. :o)