Sherri got me thinking today. She compared her blog with another started at the same time as hers, and talked about the difference in their readership stats.
Sometimes it’s easy for me to compare myself with people who have all these followers and wonder what the point is of my blog when it’s just a drop in the ocean in comparison.
But then I always come across something from my WordPress reader that makes me smile.
Why do we like to blog? I guess we like to talk about ourselves! But there’s more to it than that. I also like to read about other people. And:
a) I like to see pictures from another world.
I like to see pictures from places I will never go to. I’m not a great traveller as I spend too much of my time working and if I’m not working, I want to write, or do things with friends or family. But I still like to know about other people’s worlds. I’m talking about the lives people live, as well as geographical other worlds.
I could just look at a book. But I’d rather look at some pictures of rocks that a geology buff took and know that he understands everything about them.
b) I like to look at pictures of food and drink and think – that’s a good idea. Why don’t I try that?
When I come home from a hard day at work, I’m always tired. I like to feel inspired, not like the rest of my evening is empty and I’m just waking up to the same old in the morning again.
Today I made one of these:
Well, mine looks nothing like the one in the picture. I did manage to float the dark rum on to the top. I suspect this is because there is so much sugar in this drink that it holds the rum up.
I made my own sugar syrup using the first recipe I find on the net, which says two parts sugar to one part water.
No! No! No! No! No! Do not do this! Look at this drink:
There is 50g of sugar in it. ONE part sugar to ONE part water is the way to go.
My Mai Tai looks pretty, but it’s too sweet. I add some fizzy water. This makes for a nice but weird drink. Try again tomorrow.
c) I like to find about about good books, films, shows, music.
I have a complete backlog of good things to entertain me now. Far too many. But I like the way if I am at a loose end, I know what I want to do.
d) I like to talk to people.
And this is why I don’t want 30,000 followers. I want to talk to people. I love living where I am and the job I have and the life I lead. But this is my village at 6pm in the evening:
Elsewhere, this is known as rush hour.
Now I like living in a village. I like it that everyone knows me and I know everyone and we don’t have to intrude on each other’s lives, but most of the time we just get on with things while knowing that there is a community for us out there. But it’s not the sort of life where I meet lots of people who have the same sorts of interests as me. But by blogging, I can make it so. I can talk about the things that I am interested in with people who have things in common with me, even though we have totally different life experiences.
My friend James blogs too. James is really really clever and funny and nice. We met at Uni (almost 20 years ago!!) but kind of lost touch a bit. We both work full time, we both have children, we live in different countries, and life gets in the way. But every so often I read his blog and he reads mine. And it’s nice that we can catch up with each other in this way and know what’s going on in the other person’s life.
There are people who have 30,000 follows. My friend Bob uses the term “power blogger”, to describe people who indiscriminately hit the Like button in order to get you to look and then maybe buy whatever product their blog is selling. It’s a good description. I’m not saying that all 30,000 strong bloggers are as cynical as this. I mean, if 30,000 people are interested in something, there must be something good on offer.
BUT. I like to think of myself as a micro blogger. What would I do with 30,000 followers? I can’t have conversations with 30,000 people, or really know about them. That’s what I want. To have conversations, and to know people.