As March rolls in, I realize that I've managed to keep up this blogging-every day for three and a half months. I did go ahead and "officially" sign up over at BlogHer for another month of reading and writing - it's not just writing everyday, it's reading others' blogs too. But to me, the two go hand in hand. I don't see me doing one without the other.
This month's theme is "whether" and asks us to choose between two given alternatives. Today's prompt is:
"Would you rather have more blog readers or more blog comments?"
I don't have a ready answer.
When I started blogging, what appealed to me was the idea of having a "place" that was mine. Just mine. This was back in the days when a solitary trip to the bathroom was a real treat. To my surprise and delight, I got some readers AND some comments. But even without them, I think I would still blog, even though nobody cares to accompany me to the bathroom anymore.
Plus, what makes blogging different and more fun than private journaling to me, is the idea that someone might read it.
I remember a blog friend from days gone by who is now a f*book casualty. She would get very offended if people read but didn't comment, to the point where she would often admonish such activity in her posts. I didn't share that view. My blog doesn't come with rules for readers. It's not because I'm indifferent, but the opposite. I'm happy that anyone stops by, I'm not about to place limits.
I notice, too, that the blogs I prefer to read (you know who you are!) are those that don't obsess over increasing traffic and collecting followers. Or, if they do, they're pretty good at hiding it.
I think trying to appeal to the masses would take the enjoyment out of blogging. It's like when I decide to make a painting or drawing, I just do what I'm in the mood for. If I only created stuff that would look good next to the couch, that wouldn't be as fun. Take me or leave me, this blog is often just a ramble. No coupons, no tent sales.
That said, the prompt got me thinking, and I did a check on my traffic stats for the past month. Here are the top 5 searches that landed people here:
"School bus bike"
"Compression tights women"
"Fat people artist"
Hmmm.... how very Shakespearean.