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.