See what I did there? Attention-grabbing headline! Provoking a strong emotion! You are more likely to share this post!
Not that I haven’t totally, totally finished writing my talk for the CNMC – I mean, the hardest part was the hand-embossing of the calligraphy for my speaker notes – but I’ve been thinking about this a lot, this question of – what techniques are needed for successful blogging? And why blog if you’re not willing to do that?
I was going to share my reasons but I’d actually be more interested in yours. Without turning this into Occupy Blog Street, I’d like to know – if you blog for other reasons versus blogging intentionally to build a platform for your writing/your apostolate/your cat – and I am not saying that it’s bad to try to boost blog traffic:
1. If that’s not your primary focus, what enjoyment do you derive from blogging?
2. Do you consider yourself to be a “successful” blogger? In what sense?
3. If you could choose between having a post shared 500 times, or having one of your Internet Idols send you an email to say “I really enjoyed your post,” which would you choose?
I’ll answer my own questions in the comments in hopes of starting a discussion.
Also: “blog” is such an ugly word, right? I used it way too many times in this post.
Please, let’s not go in the direction of small-time bloggers versus the big-name bloggers, because:
a. I don’t like it when people argue, and
b. I think we need to respect the amount of effort, emotional energy, and thought that goes into really being a high-profile blogger, and some of my best Internet friendships started with comment-box discussions on high-profile blogs.
What I’m interested in for the sake of this discussion are more the “I don’t focus on my blog’s traffic because…” stories.