It’s time for some reflecting. Readers, it’s long overdue. My last “Reflection” post was at #10 and here we are at #30. I haven’t been all together focused. Lately, I’ve been in a blog fog. I might as well be drinking beer and eating frosted flakes. I didn’t say I was I doing that. No, I’m not.
I’m just saying I’m reading so many fantastic blogs, I’m inspired on a daily basis. There are many accomplished writers with published material in my midst, many of whom I can’t read because I don’t have a Kindle. Technology continues to beckon. Now I need a Kindle, too, to join the twenty-first century. My Reader now often jams with too much information. WordPress, if you’re listening, or reading, a little help here please.
I stand by my award comments when I said, I really feel there is a great community spirit here among bloggers. I accepted a few awards in that vein, wanting to recognize others that I had been introduced to or stumbled upon. I felt warm and fuzzy when I thought, perhaps, I was the one who brought a few bloggers together. You know, the sixth degree thing. It’s strong here at WordPress.
Whatever you feel about awards, and I’m sure the opinions are all over the map on this one….I think your feelings about them are completely valid. It is your blogging experience after all. Whether you support them or not, or like them or not, it’s entirely your prerogative. And, if by chance, you didn’t “accept” one from me, I’m not offended in the slightest.
That said, I’ve asked myself a number of things about these awards. Like, who started them? WordPress? The original bloggers? What’s the difference between the Inspiring Blogger and the Very Inspiring Blogger? Is someone keeping track? Do other blog sites have these? Where’s the rule book? (You don’t really need to answer these questions for me.)
Indeed, on the days I had an award post my traffic increased substantially. More importantly, I met new bloggers I may not have otherwise met. Thanks for joining me. I hope I can make your visits worthwhile. Knowing how many great blogs there are out there, it means a lot to me that you’re here. Honest.
I did, however, realize that I don’t need an award to blog and it doesn’t change what I write or how I write. I’ll let you in on something else, too. Come a little closer. I would still blog even if I didn’t have any followers. Now, don’t go away. Wait, come back! You think I’m putting you on, I bet.
It’s true I rather like it when people come by to read what I wrote. Actually, I love it when you “like” it! I love seeing that little glowing, orange star. Is it orange on your computer, too? It’s encouraging and motivating. It makes me smile. It’s recognition. Oh, c’mon now. With my usual home audience, I’m met with grunts and shrugs and my announcement, “All electronic devices must be turned off,” so we can begin communications. So, yeah, I do like it when I have a captive audience.
Case in point, while I did receive a substantial increase in my traffic with the awards post, they weren’t my highest traffic days. My biggest traffic day was when I put out the Olympics: Pink is Your Color post. Who knew that people cared so much about pink and the Olympics. I sure as hell didn’t think they would. It caught me entirely by surprise. The thing is, most of my traffic came from outside WordPress. You know, Google and such. You never knew they were so many ways to search why the Olympics are pink. That was interesting in itself.
But what was a little strange for me was although I was getting all these hits on that page I got little feedback. I can assume I guess that many who came across the page were not WordPress bloggers. Who knew that my most visited page would be one that I didn’t spend a lot time writing. Did they even read it? Did they open it up and say, “Oh great. Another stupid blog!” Did they laugh? Did they read the whole thing? Did they like it?
I’ve read many posts lately specifically about the “like” button and what it means to people. Whether people are just littering their likes all over the blogosphere indiscriminately, for self-gain, self-recognition. Whether people really mean their “likes.” The need to comment in addition to liking. When the like button isn’t enough. Whether we’ve become a society that is liking too much, becoming entirely too joyful. I’m sure there are many clinical studies out there now on this very thing.
Whatever you feel about this, I’m happy you’re reading this post. I hope you’ll come back. I hope I can write something that is worthy of your time, although I can only write what I write. I do hope you like it, “like” button or not.
Until next time….
The Bumble Files
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