It is important to me to know why I do what I do. I do not move through the life all willy-nilly. I have to have a purpose and I must understand-to the best of my ability-what that purpose is and how I can best advance it.
So for me to be the best blogger I can be I set myself goals and a mission-seek to add value to the lives of others. I use this mission statement to guide my online movements. When I am considering a new segment I ask myself the question “does this segment add value to the lives of my readers?” If it does I move forward, but if it doesn’t I rethink my actions.
I know why I blog. I understand my mission. And I think it is important for bloggers to know why it is they blog when they could easily be doing other things. Not all bloggers have such a formal approach to blogging and that is okay. It is simply the way I conduct myself and it helps me. But even if you don’t have a formal mission statement I think it would benefit all bloggers to at least ponder their reason for blogging.
Have you ever wondered why so many people blog? I ponder the world of blogging daily as I answer emails and comments and the online world intrigues me. Why do we participate in this activity. What is it about publishing posts and interacting with others virtually that is so appealing?
As I sat this morning staring at the ocean and drinking my coffee I can’t help but wonder if it is some combination of safety, release and escape.
By safety I am referencing how difficult it is these days to truly know you can trust people in the real world. I could be wrong, but in this age it is becoming increasingly more difficult to know if people can be trusted.
By release I mean having the freedom to purge the soul with complete freedom; free of the chains of reservation.
And, lastly, by escape I am referring to getting away from the “real” world and entering the virtual world of blogging. The blogosphere seems to be much more accepting of different, flawed, wounded, injured, etc. than the offline world.
Personally, I like having the freedom to purge my brain and controlling exactly what I say exactly how I want to say it. I don’t get this freedom in the real world where I constantly think before I speak, hesitate and hedge my thoughts.
One of the toughest things for bloggers to accept is the fact that no one is obligated to like your page. This is tough because most bloggers believe they produce good stuff. Most bloggers want people to interact with their page. Most bloggers desire comments, views and LIKEs. When all is said and done people have a lot of options: television, books, other blogs, Netflix, Yahoo, etc. In today’s age there are a lot of distractions and even more options.
I have always said getting people to my page is the easy part; getting them to return to my page is the true challenge. With that said I still understand people do not have to read my page, therefore I must give them a reason to want to return. I have to add value to the lives of my readers. The same applies to all bloggers.
Most visitors to my page are silent readers which means they might give me a LIKE, but probably will not leave a comment. I am perfectly fine with this fact as I myself practice being a silent reader. I will comment on a page if I feel prompted to do so which happens infrequently.
The biggest key to getting someone to comment is to be “remarkable”; your post must be worthy of someone making a remark. If the post is not worthy of a remark, people will not remark. This pattern is evident in the volume of views I receive daily compared to the number of comments daily. I’m not exactly sure what the trick is to producing remarkable content, although I am able to recognize it when I see it. I guess it has to do with the topic, bold opinions or maybe the article is well-researched. Whatever the case I know the post cannot be ordinary.
So I wanted to do something different Thursday which was to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also. It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.
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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”
What I consider to be my greatest strength is also my Achilles heel; I am a thinker. Or maybe it is better worded to say I am an over-thinker. I process the happenings in my life to a point of dissection that annoys my wife and eventually annoys myself. I cannot shut it off nor have I found a way to stop the snowball effect that over-thinking creates.
It plays well at work because contemplation allows me to uncover the smallest of details, which impresses the client (most of the time). But sometimes I get paralysis via analysis in other parts of life. If someone says something to me I can’t help but wonder if there is/was some ulterior motive or double meaning. “What did they mean by that?” is a common question in my mind. And that begins the vicious cycle of over-thinking.
My mind is geared toward contemplation, but sometimes I wish I could just shut it down.
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