Building Suspense

20200429_202306I was talking to my girlfriend and she asked me if I had written tomorrow’s post yet.  She knows that ideally, I write the post before going to bed and have it publish at 6 in the morning.  Some nights I have written before we talk, and some nights it is after.  It is also true that some nights nothing comes to me–it isn’t writer’s block.  It’s either a lack of perspective on deciding what was the Perfect Moment, or no phrase that I want to incorporate in my writing sticks out in my mind.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Sometimes, I write a post because some turn of phrase, or some word combination struck me as interesting.   I have always felt confident that this kind of thing would make me a popular writer someday.

When I told her that I had the idea, but that I hadn’t written it yet, she asked me to tell her all about it.  My answer was that she could read it in the morning after it was published.  I don’t know whether I was being egalitarian or rude, but I didn’t want to talk about it until after I had written it, and I think everyone should read it on the platform–but maybe I am just being a bit goofy about stats.  I should also admit that if I allowed her asked her to read it first, she could help me fix the silly errors that seem to populate my work.

Her response was quite interesting.  She said that my reluctance to talk about it made her want to know about it more.  She accused me of building up the hype and implored me again to tell her about it.  Without even understanding exactly how, I was building suspense.

It got me thinking.  Is there a way for me to get people excited about an upcoming post?  Is there some trick I could use to draw people to the blog?  It’s pretty hard to know what tomorrow’s Perfect Moment is going to be before it happens.  I suppose if I were desperate, I could employ some fortune cookie style vagueness:

Tomorrow’s Perfect Moment will come from and unexpected place and take to an even more unexpected one.

Tomorrow’s Perfect Moment will shock you with its simplicity and thrill you with its unapologetic take on society.

I guess the question I really want to ask is; Do the ones closest to you get a sneak peak at your blogs or do you make them wait like everyone else?  Perhaps, you don’t even let those closest to you read them.  I know I didn’t tell my family about the blog until I had already finished writing about any childhood grievances that I was still holding.  Let me know what you do, and whether you share you ideas to help them grow or keep them locked away while they mature.

Also, if you want to know what the picture at the top of the screen is all about, you’ll have to read the blog tomorrow.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Building Suspense

  1. idlecyclist says:

    😆 Love the last bit!

    I’m weird with my blog. I write for me, I use it a bit like a brain dump. I don’t write as frequently as you do. I tell myself it’s all for me but I do get a kick when bloggers comment or friends comment on Facebook where I share them all. It’s nice to know others are interested. To answer your question properly I just write and publish. I don’t even know if my family read it, my wife hasn’t mentioned it since the very early days. Not sure if that’s weird or not!

    • Anthony says:

      There is nothing weird about using your blog as a brain dump–who couldn’t use some space up there.
      I remember some musician saying that their album was relatively successful. He then explained that he meant that his relatives had all bought the album.
      Have an awesome day and thanks for the comments.

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  3. Margie says:

    Hmm. Should I go back and read your earliest blogs?

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