The Humility of Blogging

This blogging thing has its ups and downs. I originally started my blog as a means to offer travel tips to help people. In my little circle, people routinely come to me for advice on all sorts of topics, and travel is a frequent request. A few months into it, my father passed away and in the wake of that event, it felt weird – perhaps too self-indulgent – so I mothballed the effort. About 18 months later, I decided it was time to jump back in. I revamped my blog and opened it up to all my interests – running, reading, mindfulness, travel, etc. – again with the intended purpose of helping people who were working on the same sorts of things. Maybe that’s the wrong way to put it. Maybe I meant to start a conversation. Sure I’d like to help where I can. But I was also looking for people with whom I could converse and deepen my own understanding on various topics.

That was six months ago. I started back up and picked up several followers. I was elated. But of late, my readership dried up. After pouring back through my posts, I see several things I could do differently. First, in an effort to establish some level of credibility on a given topic, I have come off at times as a know-it-all. Second, in my efforts to connect the dots descriptively, I’ve come to realize that my posts are too long. What good is a magnum opus if no one wants to read it? So this is my effort to work on those things. This is day two of my intended effort to post shorter, more frequent writings while addressing my other shortcomings.

I also did a bit of research about what is popular on WordPress. By the way, if you want to analyze the most popular tags for yourself, check out this page. I’ve always known that I’m not a mainstream person, so it only took a quick comparison of my own tags to what is popular on WordPress to understand that I’m not hitting the hot spots. Honestly, I’m ok with that. I’d rather be genuine about my writing than fish for likes by blogging about Fox News or NYT. And seriously, what’s up with “DFW” and “Men’s Classic Short-Sleeved Shirt?” I digress. It was clear that I was missing the mark. I appreciate your time and patience.

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have other feedback that can help me be a better writer.