A BLOG AINT NOTHING BUT A NUMBER…. ifb project #17

THEY ALWAYS TELL YOU IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NUMBERS, DON’T LOOK AT YOUR NUMBERS, ONLY WORRY ABOUT YOUR CONTENT AND ‘THEY’ WILL COME. IF YOU WRITE IT, THEY WILL COME. EXCEPT THE CAVIAT TO THAT RULE IS THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE HIGH TRAFFIC, NO ONE WILL EVER DEEM IT TIME WORTHY TO LOOK AT YOUR STUFF…. AND THE PARADOX OF BLOGGING CONTINUES.
PERSONALLY, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BIT “IN MY OWN WORLD”, A TRAIT THAT WORK TO YOUR BENEFIT, AND AGAINST IT. IN MANY CASES, MY ECCENTRICITIES MAKE ME ONE OF THOSE EXCITING BLOGGERS, WHOSE CONTENT YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN MIGHT STRIKE JUST THE RIGHT CHORD. BUT AGAIN, WHEN YOU DETER FROM THE MAIN ROAD, YOU MIGHT FEEL INDIVIDUAL, AND CREATIVE. EVEN A HERO UNTO YOURSELF, STAYING TRUE TO YOUR VALUES. BUT AS IS THE CASE WITH MANY HEROS, SOMETIMES THIS CAN BE A LONELY ROAD.

I ONLY JUST JOINED TWITTER. I DON’T HAVE A BLACKBERRY, DROID, I-PHONE, OR IPAD. I HAVE A FLIP PHONE. I DON’T LIKE TECHNOLOGY. I STILL USE POLAROIDS, AND VHS PLAYERS. MOST DAYS, I CAN GET OFF ON THIS PARTICULAR ECCENTRICITY; MY DISDAIN FOR THE FUTURE KEEPS ME AN INDIVIDUAL, A UNIQUE MEMBER IN A SEA OF TEAM PLAYERS, NEVER WAIVERING, NEVER SELLING OUT TO THE MAN.
AGAIN, THOUGH THIS CAN BE A LONELY ROAD. AND SOMETIMES, MORE SO LATELY THEN EVER, AS IN THE CASE AT THE RECENT IFB CONFERENCE, AND BLOGGER NIGHT OUT, THIS TRAIT OF MINE I HELD IN SUCH HIGH ESTEEM SEEMS KIND OF SILLY, AND MANY CASES LEAVES ME OUT IN THE COLD. YOU CAN’T TWEET FROM A FLIP PHONE, AND MORE SO, YOU DEFINITELY CAN’T GET TWEETED ABOUT.

SO IF I’M NOT ON A NETWORK, BUT I’M STILL POSTING INTERESTING STUFF, DOES THAT MEAN I’LL NEVER GET MY THOUGHTS OUT THERE?
REMEMBER THAT PHRASE, IF A TREE FALLS IN THE WOODS, AND NO ONE HEARS IT, DOES IT STILL FALL?
I THINK OF THIS PARADOX WHEN I THINK OF BLOGGING AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS, TO A BLOGGER, AND TO A READER. IF YOU POST SOMETHING NEAR AND DEAR TO YOUR HEART, SOMETHING TRUE, SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE IN, BUT YOU DON’T GET THE TRAFFIC, DOES IT STILL COUNT??

I  TEND TO WRITE STORIES, LOTS OF TEXT, JUST FLOWING OUT OF ME, AND NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY TO FOCUS SOLELY ON IMAGERY AND GRAPHICS- AS SO MANY SUCCESSFUL BLOGS DO, IT NEVER SEEMS TO PAN OUT, AND THE WORDS JUST KEEP COMING.
PERHAPS MY NICHE IS TO BE WHERE YOU GO FOR STORIES, FOR READING ,AND ABSORBING LONG SENTENCES THAT WHEN STREWN TOGETHER CREATE FUNNY, SARCASTIC OR SAD NUGGETS. AND WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING ELSE, IMAGES, 100% FASHION FOCUS, FOOD, ETC YOU GO TO EACH PLACE THAT FILLS THAT NEED. THERE ARE A MILLION BLOGS OUT THERE, AND EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN VOICE.

WHAT MAKES ONE MORE SUCCESSFUL THEN THE OTHER? I STILL AM LEARNING THAT. WHAT MAKES ONE PROFITABLE, OR MORE SPONSOR -WORTHY? IS IT THE NUMBERS THAT DRIVE OUR SUCCESS, THE BAR GRAPHS RISING HIGH SHOWING US HOW MANY VIEWS WE HAD TODAY, OR IS IT WHAT IS ACTUALLY IN THOSE BARS.

I THINK THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THOSE THINGS IS WHAT KEEPS ME GOING. I TRY TO STAY TRUE TO MYSELF, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I WANT TO BE SEEN AS WELL, WE ALL DO, OTHERWISE LET’S FACE IT, WE WOULDN’T BLOG. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE AWARE, OTHERWISE WE WOULDN’T REACH OUT TO THEM.
AND IN THE END, I’LL KEEP TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THAT AWARENESS AND MAINTAIN MY IDENTITY. IN THE END, ONLY THE BLOGGER WHO IS TRUE TO THEMSELVES IS THE REAL HERO. AND THEY ARE ALWAYS THE WINNER… NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW IT…

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