Friday, August 19, 2011

Why I'll Never Be a Successful Blogger

Several months ago, when I started this blog (not "launched" because it's still not public), I shared it with one of my friends who is a very successful blogger.  She has her own blog, she blogs for a famous online newspaper, and she's featured in various other popular blogs and publications.  She emailed me back a very thoughtful response with positive feedback and helpful advice.  For someone who likes to achieve "empty inbox" status, it should say a lot that I've left her response in my inbox all these months.  I just want to make sure I hold on to her input, at least until I can implement some of it.  (I would link to her here, but I'm still not ready to share this blog, so for now I'll just call her my very helpful friend Simcha.)
But here's my problem.  Her advice will be helpful if I want to have a successful blog.  And, you may ask, what blogger wouldn't want their blog to be successful??  Apparently, me.

The more I read Simcha's blog and others which seem to have gigantic followings with lots of happy supporters, the more I see they also have stalkers and lurkers and trolls and whatever else they're called.  These are people ("people") who have nothing better to do with their time than to seek out boggers they disagree with and say argumentative, mean things to and about them.
Ack!!! I don't want that!!!  I want happy, funny, ha ha ha, you're entertaining -type comments.  That's it.  I don't like arguing with people I know - - I don't even want to think of wasting my time arguing with jerks I don't know!
I hadn't planned on a musings, stream-of-consciousness kind of blog, but I'm realizing that trying to avoid that is keeping me from blogging all together.  And that's not good, right?
So, I think I'll go back to my original, undeveloped, non-successful blog idea of just writing how I do what I do, day in, day out, boring, blah blah blah.  At least then I'll be writing.  And I can let things evolve from there.  Or not.  But I don't need more stress in my life, for crying out loud (this is me reminding myself!), so for now, something mediocre and/or bad is better than nothing at all.

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