How not to become an overnight Internet sensation

Some of the best fun in the world was found on Twitter earlier today with all the witty one liners concerning Clint Eastwood’s address(?) at the Republican convention.

Everyone from Joe Blow to President Obama Tweeted about it.

The Internet has evolved into a popularity contest. Or has it always been this way?

What draws your attention when you are online?

How would you characterize your attention span?

Is it possible to increase the number of views and followers you have?

Is doing so important to you?

When are enough followers and views enough? Is it like, I mean similar to good looks and money in that you can never have enough?

Whatever happened to managed growth?

Can you become too popular too quickly?

To all this I simply say… it was, is and always will be, about the content.

We the people seem more interested in distractions, or at least are more vulnerable to them, than ever before.

What is your home page?

If it’s anything other than a blank slate or a search engine page, you are most likely succumbing to boatloads of distractions.

Do you go online and after 15 minutes forget what it is you wanted to go online for in the first place?

Everything and everyone is vying for our attention, and personally, my own web time will not be compromised by unnecessary distractions. I want to visit only what it is I want to know, see and am interested in, on each particular occasion I go online. I realize there is a place and time for random surfing but I now try to minimize that as it once was a huge time drain for me.

During dial-up Internet access days, the sheer glacial-like pace of the web surfing experience as a whole, made each time you went online akin to adventure.

You would punch in Rome, Italy for example in Google, and “go on a trip.” It was like taking a vacation, even though you might have actually flown to Italy in the time it took for the Vatican’s web site to come up. Once your page eventually came up, though, all the breathless oohs and aahs you uttered over pics of the Sistine Chapel more than made the wait worth it.

With broadband, we have no patience and we don’t wait.

If an article is too long-winded (like this one?) you click “Next!”

I like that this is a personal blog.

I’m not selling anything, not intentionally trying to draw attention to it or myself and have not “categorized” it on WordPress.

I write about whatever I like, sans the usual pressure of blogs or sites that need to engender mega numbers of hits, likes, followers and overall traffic in order to “stay in business.”

Even if I could generate that kind of attention, I don’t know that I would want to or that I would even like it.

Some people equate great numbers of followers, likes or lifetime hits with success.

For me, it always comes back to content.

If you read any of my blog posts and find them satisfying, of value and time not too poorly spent, I am most definitely pleased.

I strive for the writing quality to always be something readers can look forward to and find enjoyable—no matter the subject matter or topic being covered.

As my “About this blog” link reflects, I have no agenda other than to write about what it is I am feeling.

If a blogger writes in the forest and no one reads his post, is it really a post?

Hmmm…not sure where I’m going with that one, but I will close this segment of hittingthesweetspot by Bob Skelley by saying I acknowledge this blog is evolving.

I control the blog’s writing and frequency of publication.

But I suspect you, my fair readers, are the primary influence to its content as well as responsible for its overall destiny.

And so I thank you for your continued indulgence as I am well aware you have many choices. Although I started out writing for myself, I now fully appreciate any (hopefully quality) time you spend here as integral to the blog’s serving an even greater future audience.

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday weekend.



2 replies »

  1. Hi Bob,

    One of the most frustrating things about the Internet is the search for writers — people who actually write rather than just blog about writing. And I’m not talking about the big guys (national magazines, content aggregators, and the like). I’m talking about regular bloggers who take care to write well thought out posts – leaving the pictures of cats to Facebook, and the snark to Twitter.

    I read a lot of blogs. The ones that I visit frequently write about their lives, their hopes, and their dreams. They write about their place in the world. They write about life. That also describes what I try to do with my blogging. My following has never been large and my content does not lend itself to people who only skim. Despite the advice given by “the experts”, I don’t make any effort to cater to the whims of those who stumble from page to page seeking a quick hit of amusement.

    But — and here’s the important part — those who read my blog are truly engaged. Their comments are terrific and the conversations that take place can be as interesting to read as the post themselves. I don’t know if my blog will ever become so popular that I begin to ignore my readers and their comments like many big bloggers do — whether out of necessity or hubris. I hope not.

    Stick to your guns. Continue to blog the way that you want to and the readers will slowly appear.


    • Ray,

      Thank you for your thoughtful words, insight and encouragement. I am trying to become more involved with all things commenting. Until recently, I had not been reading very many other blogs. But, as I have only been blogging for just under 10 months, I am yet familiarizing myself with the blogosphere and everything in it.

      I appreciate the support regarding blogging about what I want to. What is interesting is what appeals to readers so much so that they’d prefer more posts on certain topics. I get that. But the blog must evolve, grow, and as such, can not cater to any one topic, field of study, group or discourse. I agree that blogging the way one wants to is how best to proceed.

      Each post breathes new life into a blog, and now, with your keen observations on the value of participating in dialogue outside of any actual post, it can grow and expand at an (at least for mine) even more enjoyable pace.

      Thanks again, Ray. Interesting bloggers like you make me want to read more blogs.



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