Comment Inspired

This post was insppired by Scribbles by Arpita.


It’s not that I’ve been very responsible or very consistent while blogging on this site. The very first post I wrote was inspired by The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The first five posts on this site remain the ones with the least amount of engagement.
When faced with the opportunity to actually learn what blogging was about (Blogging 101, Jan 2015) I had the highest amount of traffic on this tiny little island of mine, and that wasn’t much. I had a target of five followers by the end of the month. I reached the target without much hassle.

But it turned out, these people who, apparently thought my blog worthy enough for attention didn’t actually think so. I had new readers in every day, and the only one who came back from time to time afterwards was Quilt Musings. Not much now is it? Everyone who like the look of only a single post hit follow, and I foolishly followed back. Some of them were nice (Naisu?). Some of them, I wish actually stuck to it, even if more feebly than me but still stuck to it. Mama Pains comes to mind. Her posts were always goofy and humorous. I took the time to visit their pages every once in a while, and drop a comment, and rarely, they commented back.

However, after blogging 101 was done that month (and i didn’t register for 201 because I had exams coming on), all the traffic disappeared. Poof! Yes, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to get more people to notice my work, and I am still scared about how I would handle all the attention when it comes, if it ever does. I am, afterall still a student who has to spend half her day at school with no access to internet. But the lack of feedback, whether positive or negative from the site that I spent valuable hours designing and personalising pushed me back into my closet. The writing that came naturally to me when I was actively participating in blogging 101 felt like a lump of garbage stuck at the bottom of my throat. I didn’t know how to take it out, however desperately I wanted to.

I’ve still to find those loyal members of my readership who would stick with me through thick and thin. I know that is a very strong commitment, and that is precisely the reason I value it. I’ve desperately tried to get my friends to start blogging, but they just do not find the prospect appealing enough.

The point here is that, when you see those high and mighty numbers that represent your following, but realise only about ten percent of that number ever really take the time to hear you out thoroughly, it hurts. One feels more let down than one would if they didn’t have a following to begin with. I know that this might sound harsh, but it is the truth.

And I’ve learned my lesson. This time, I registered for writing 101 because I felt I had toget all the goo out of my system. Every time someone follws my blog, I don’t click follow back wiithout some research.

I still have a lot to learn in the blogosphere. But I know this much, If I you can’t give me  respectful glance for more than a single post, then you shouldn’t hit follow.

Thank you Arpita, for the amazing post for today’s writing 101 assignment!

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Author: anankhan98

When I close my eyes, I see myself as a writer. I see a pale blank page in front of me and feel a solid pen in my hand. I feel inspiration flowing through me, hear the words being whispered in my ears, ready to be written. And I see myself writing them. So, I write. And that is why I am here right now. To let the world know that I want to become better at this. That there is this unbelievably naive living in this corner of the world, who wants to have people help her become the best she can become. My focus is actually on fiction. I dream up stories in my sleep, literally. And I can't help but want to write them. Knowing English only as a second language is a drawback, though. I still try.

8 thoughts on “Comment Inspired”

  1. Hi, though I am yet to gain a vast network of dedicated readership yet, but, I can give you a few other suggestions:

    1) Don’t stress about being online all the time. Concentrate on school-work and blog in your free-time.Your blog should be something you look forward to, not something that stresses you out!

    2) The sudden decrease of traffic post-Blogging U. course is quite natural. The sudden decrease of notifications is depressing at times. The trick is to form a few solid relationships during the course period. Be selective about following, like you already are I suppose, but ensure that you regularly offer feedback to those you follow. Alternately, you can consider re-taking the Blogging U. courses. Though I have not done it myself, but I have seen many others do the same.

    3) Don’t fret. I know it may sound surprising coming from me (having written such a fretful post myself), but I am sure sooner or later, you will find your kind. The trick is to hang in there, until then. (That’s what I tell myself when I feel particularly down).

    All the best to you. And thanks for quoting my post. I am honoured to think that I could inspire you in such manner! 🙂

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  2. I believe that if you are good in what you’re doing, sooner or later, people will find and stick with you. Blog primarily for you and stay true to yourself or otherwise you will lose the sight of the real reasons why you’re blogging in the first place. Have patience. Your readership will not grow overnight and don’t worry too much about it. Here’s a quote I swear to live by: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

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    1. I’m usually not bothered by this consciously. If there is something I’m overly excited about it doesn’t matter whether someone saw it while it was fresh. Most often, though I write with a calmness.
      Glad you liked my post and took the time leave your thoughts!

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