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!