I commend you. I really, truly do.
I’ve been browsing blogs under various tags on WordPress and have come across some in which bloggers are seemingly posting every. single. day. and it’s some really good content (in my opinion anyways.) and these bloggers seem to have a crapton of followers (sometimes not even that many. Don’t ask me exactly what constitutes as a “crapton,” just know that it’s a lot. 😄) but hardly any likes or comments on post after post. I can sympathize.
I have quite a few followers on my blog and get about six likes daily on my posts (which I really love! You “Likers”freaking rock my socks off! 😍 And no, Auto Correct, I don’t want to change “Likers” to “Lickers”. If they are “Lickers”, that’s their business, not mine. 😄) but not very many comments. As an aspiring writer, I won’t deny that I dream of having a large group of followers, followers whom my words invoke emotion in, followers whom my words make them want to comment with things like “Oh sweet Angelica! I couldn’t have said it better!” followed by a short story of their own experiences in what I have written about, but it took me a good bit of time to get even as many followers as I have. I don’t really think I’m in any position to give solid, life-changing advice (is life changing hyphenated? Hey, I’m an aspiring writer, I never claimed to be a professional writer! 😄) but if I were to give any bit of advice, it would be this:
Keep on keeping on!
Now, just in case you aren’t “hip” like the rest of us “cool kids” (Geezus, I think I’m turning into my beloved Father… Heaven help me…) I’ll break it down for you into “not-so-hip” terms (no offense to any bloggers who may use the words in the structure that I’m about to post. I’m sure you’re “hip” in your own way. Okay Dad, give me back control of my “cool kid” language please…) I’ll put it into plain English for you-
Don’t give up!
Yep. That’s it. That’s my advice. Keep posting!
I will admit that I don’t put very much thought into my posts, not even my stories. I don’t write the words, the words write themselves and just simply use me as a tool. Yeah, crazy stuff. I know. But it’s true.
I usually have an idea of what I want to write when I sit down, but I don’t stress myself over making outlines and character sketches and plot outlines, nope. I just write. And this works for me. I know this isn’t the way it works for everyone and that’s okay.
I read somewhere (a bunch of places actually) lately that the most important part of writing is showing up. And I agree! It’s easy to pump out a couple dozen or so posts and then abandon your blog when you become discouraged because of the lack of followers or views. It’s sticking with your writing that’s the hard part. Sticking with it when your number of followers seems to be stuck at five, when your number of likes is even less, when you pour your freaking heart out (!) into your blog and get seemingly no response. (What the frack do you want from me? I’ve given you everything I have inside of me, all of the beauty and ugliness and it’s not enough?! Would giving you my firstborn as well change your mind?? Over dramatic? Perhaps. What do you expect? I’m an aspiring writer. 😄)
On those blogs that I’ve mentioned, the ones with a good number of followers but not many comments or the ones with not that many followers and even less comments and likes, I really, really (I can’t stress really enough here) appreciate the fact that these bloggers are consistent with their posting. They keep posting even when it doesn’t seem like they are getting anywhere. And I can’t be the only person who also feels this way. I just know that there are others out there who seek out these blogs and read what they’ve written and also, like me, go back and read the blogger’s older posts as well. (I love doing that!)
Am I making any sense here?
Alright. I’m spent.
Hey. You. Blogger with either an ocean of followers but little to no liking and/or commenting happening, as well as the blogger with few followers and no commenting/liking action taking place-
Your words are awesome.
Your stories are awesome.
Don’t give up.