What I’ve Learned After Three Years Of Blogging

Look at my stats, and tell me something. Am I good blogger?

I’ve been blogging for quite some time, and one thing always escapes me, “Why haven’t I been on Freshly Pressed?” Or better yet, “Why don’t I have hundreds of viewers at a time in my blog?” Granted, I only stepped up my game a year ago. However, I see other bloggers gaining recognition after only 5 months of blogging (and they write you as u.) So what’s up with me?

Could it be my tags? I don’t think so, since I leave it to WordPress to tag my posts.

Could it be my titles? Probably. I still don’t get this how-to-attract-readers-with-an-attractive-title thing.

Could it be the content itself? According to the stats, it seems so:

The post “Why You Should Date a Photographer” has over two thousands views; I didn’t write it (the link to the original writer is in its post.)

Could it be the lack of pictures? Maybe, but this isn’t a photography blog. Plus, I did an experimental post a couple of years back; it was full of excellent photos taken by me, and I wanted to see if my view count would be higher than it normally was. It wasn’t.

I see a ton of blogs specialising in things that, in all honesty, have no attributes to what a real blog is (OOTD? Seriously?) Oxford Dictionary defines a blog as

a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

Emphasis on personal. Am I too stuck in the old ways of blogging? I have no idea.

But, the most important question remains to be answered.

After three years of blogging, one year of “quality” blogging, and knowing that I get less than 20 views on most days, why am I still–you know–blogging? Easy. My love for writing and blogging is greater than my thirst for the limelight, and according to my about page, “I started this blog to find a way to vent out my personal emotions (it’s better than hurting myself) and throughout time, it remains the same…”

Each time I make a post, I know I would be getting around three or four views for that particular post in a day, and this post you’re reading shall meet that same standard. The other views would most likely come from “Why You Should Date a Photographer”, and I’m slightly okay with that (I say slightly because the view count is a visual representation that people prefer someone else’s writing to mine.)

Over the past three years of blogging, I’ve created and deleted a number other sites (using other blogging platforms), and most of them have had more views in a year than this blog has had in its entire existence. So why on earth did I shut them down? The idea of  a e.g. Japanese Visual Rock blog (one of my deleted sites) gaining more views than this blog that has what I honestly think and feel about everything really put a dent in me. Was it pride? Maybe.

Unlike others who are driven by stats, revenue and views to write, I am driven by passion to write. So, once they see that their blog is down in the gutter, they shut it down and move on (I would know, I volunteered to write for other sites, and that is what happened to them.)

Will I still be blogging even if I get little-to-no views? You can count on it.

P.S. Each time I see a blog entry by WordPress on “How to get on Freshly Pressed,” it makes me a little sick inside. Whatever happened to “How to Make a High Quality Blog Entry?” Come on WordPress, not everyone is a narcissistic bastard.

One thought on “What I’ve Learned After Three Years Of Blogging

  1. I’ve never been Freshly Pressed either. I do feel your pain about the bloggers who use ‘u’ instead of ‘you’. I guess we just need to keep writing. Who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll write a post that we didn’t really put much effort into and it will actually catch their attention. Possibilities, my friend. =)


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