Thank You Everyone

I just wanted to write a quick, but sincere, thank you to everyone who read and responded to my last blog. Honestly, I don’t think anything I have written in the last year has garnered as many responses. Your ideas and opinions are invaluable.

On the day I posted the blog and asked for views of it on my Facebook and Instagram pages, I was able to generate a large number of views. In the following days a good number of websites and a few bloggers started following the blog. I even had an offer to collaborate with someone.

Since then, I have taken some time to reflect on my blogging. I was thinking about the number of views I had for the year, but I really should have thought about the number of posts I wrote. By the year’s end, I will most likely have written fifty or sixty fewer posts than last year. Upon reflection, it is no wonder that I had fewer views.

That isn’t the real story. I was concerned about growing my blog when I should be concerned about improving my writing, editing, and engagement with other bloggers. I long ago gave up the idea that I was going to be some kind of influencer who got showered with free trips to exotic lands to review, but I never gave up the idea that this blog should be a place to improve my writing.

Thank You again everyone for your time and wisdom.

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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13 Responses to Thank You Everyone

  1. I have a question: why is the number of followers or views important to you? Do you wish for more engagement or simply a number that keeps increasing?

    I remember for years how I watched my stats religiously. Now, I rarely check, and if I do, it’s more location and content of the new blogger who follows. Between 2000 and 2200 followers I checked maybe twice…meaning, each time a new follower appeared I check them out to see if I might enjoy their content. The number itself was secondary.

    I have shifted my opinion about hits and stats. Simultaneously, I’m concerned that if the blog gets too big and bloated, would I still be able to interact the way I do now?

    I read a lot of blogs. I miss some posts of my favorite ones (you for one) occasionally because there is only so much time.

    But I often wonder why people want to increase their clicks, what the reason is behind.

    Keep writing! I enjoy checking in with you.

    • Anthony says:

      You ask some good questions and the answers aren’t as simple as I would like them. Here are a few ideas as I ramble and wait for my coffee to kick in.
      First of all, and worst of all, there must be a bit of ego to it. I admit this first because it should get out there. The number itself is not particularly important, but I want to think the blog is making a bit of progress. One way to measure that is stats. I am never going to get thousands of hits a day, but I would like to think I could retain past readers and get new ones. Of course, the nature of blogging is not actually like that. Some people start blogging and start following but soon lose interest. In the first three years of blogging, I was able to double my view count every year. It became something I expected.
      I have never had much interaction with my readers. Looking at it, it could just be the nature of the blog itself. If people read it, there isn’t a lot to say about it. I hope people are nodding and smiling when they read it, but who knows. That is something I need to work on.
      I suppose if the blog were really popular then it might become bloated, but I don’t really think so. I average only a couple of comments a day, and even if that were to explode to ten, I think I could deal with it.
      Another part of me sees this as a test of whether I could ever get my writing to be popular. This is different than good, because lots of of good writers never achieve popularity–some only after they die and get put on English Literature syllabuses (syllabi if you prefer).
      When the writing is going well–when I have lots of ideas and when the words are really flowing–I care less about it. It is when it is going slow that I look to those numbers as a validation and motivation.
      Since this blog had something to do with starting my current relationship, it is a win in itself. Writing is putting yourself out there and when doing that (and you should know that I am somewhat of an extroverted introvert–that isn’t meant to be ironic) you want some sort of acceptance.

      Way back when I started this blog I hoped that this would be a sort of side hustle. I hoped that the writing would have some positive financial consequences–I was never thinking cash, but more like free stuff to review–but that was because those were the kind of blogs I first found when I discovered blogging. Unrealistic? Yes. I should point out that it did get me 10% off a vacation I took and would have got me 10% off the vacation I had planned on being on right this very moment (I was scheduled to go cycling in South Africa). Small potatoes? Yeah, but free potatoes.
      You have been a gracious reader and commenter, so thank you. I enjoy your writing as well and try not to miss a post–but it happens from time to time.
      I hope this is not been too much of a ramble.

  2. gemmi72 says:

    I admit I check my stats and I like the idea that I am reaching more and more people. I don’t fantasise that I am ever going to get any kind of reward from it though. For me it is more about ranting and a place to put my thoughts. If people read what I write and get pleasure from it I am happy. If they read and they learn something about my lifestyle that makes them mor accepting that is an extra bonus.

  3. laholmberg says:

    In response to both your last post and this post, I’m smiling through tears here Anthony. The smile because it is my belief that you’re “getting” it – the IT in this case being the shell of conditioned thinking that you are beginning to peck your way through in order to reach a new light of understanding as to what actually constitutes success by questioning the life limiting definitions that you have been conditioned to believe and instead tapping into a reservoir of higher knowing within which has awaited your acknowledgement. The tears are for the defeat you may have felt as you wrote “I long ago gave up the idea that I was going to be some kind of influencer who got showered with free trips to exotic lands to review…” Why must you give up that idea? Did something or someone give you the impression it was “TOO LATE”? If so, why? Where’s the proof of that and how could anyone possibly know that ahead of time? Your story is unwritten and it is YOURS to write. YOUR WAY! Forget the “numbers” and reassign your FOCUS to the “muscle(s)” you want to build. When you’ve assessed what they are, delve in wholeheartedly and seek support, education, professional help, etc… and commit to all “training” required to build on your vision. These are your “workouts”. Focus on the DOING rather than the GETTING and it becomes about the purpose behind your work rather than the reward. There’s nothing “wrong” with wanting to generate bigger numbers, a larger following, or to be an influencer who gets showered with goodies. And there’s nothing “wrong” with being a person who finds contentment simply sharing their stories while going quietly about their business. There IS no wrong way to find your way.
    This helps me: when there’s something you think you will “never” be able to do, go back to your 5 year old self who rarely said never. We said someday. And we worked on that someday until eventually it was a NOW. And we didn’t worry about time while we did so. We found joy in the doing. And when it no longer brought joy, we were onto the next thing. Pay attention to that kid and move in faith. He knows what he’s doing. 🙂

  4. Sheryl Gim says:

    Keep doing what you love and it will love you back. Don’t mind the numbers. It can make you forget what really matters.

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