I have to say, since I started this blog in 2014, it has been one of few activities I have participated in where the more I work at it, the more I get out of it.
Every week I get more followers. Those followers stack up over time. I still don’t get as many views and/or visitors as I’d like, though those figures have increased each year though, leaving me hopeful that they’ll actually reach a high point.
Keeping my fingers crossed.
I don’t recall when I first heard of the term “blogging.”
Had to have been somewhere in the mid-2000s.
It just seemed dumb.
I figured that publications that had a large print following would essentially use their money to take over online.
And to an extent they did but I never realized what opportunities there were for writers to go it alone.
Ergo, I often wonder had I got into blogging say, a decade ago, perhaps I’d have 300,500 readers instead of 3.5 readers.
Oh well. “If I could turn back time” as Cher has been known to sing in her leather underpants.
Honestly though, and there are more seasoned experts who can correct me but, I’m not sure any of this really became that viable until social media came about, allowing bloggers to post links to their blogs using hashtags of subjects they are interested in or that their posts pertain to.
I hate to admit it because unfortunately I’m one of those people who feels the need to view myself as having the biggest brain in the room, but I never really imagined that social media was going to turn into anything important when it came out.
“Huh” I thought when I first got onto Facebook. A site that lets everyone discuss their thoughts…and everyone I know has very dumb thoughts…and they all insist on sharing them 24/7.
“I picked my nose!” #nosecandy
“I ate a tuna fish sandwich for lunch!” #straightuptunason
“My political views are ultimately superior to yours, moron!” #politickinglikeamofo
Long story short, I didn’t get into any of this until 2014.
Would that I could take Doc’s DeLorean to say, I dunno, 2006? That’s the year Twitter started. And when YouTube started I believe. Had I been up to this for ten years I like to think I’d actually be somewhere that involves getting paid for blogging but…oh well, then again, I don’t like to think about things I can’t change.
Don’t even get me started on YouTube. Being able to buy everything you need to start your own web show at Best Buy?
Sorry, I dated myself. Being able to buy everything you need to start your own web show on Amazon?
(You whippersnappers still use Amazon, right? )
In summation, budding young artists, creatives, writers, actors, comedians, singers, musicians or what have you literally have no idea, no idea whatsoever how lucky they have it to have all this technology at their fingertips.
Build your audience, 3.5 readers. Because when I was your age, if you wanted to make it in a creative field, you had to walk twenty miles up a hill just to kiss the ass of the guy who knows the guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy whose cousin’s sister’s uncle’s cousin’s neighbor’s boyfriend’s cat trainer’s donkey pharmacist might, just might know a guy who could introduce you to the guy whose ass you need to kiss just to get an interview with the guy who might be able to help you get your foot in the door.
That’s a whole lot of ass kissing. A proud man like me just isn’t down for it.
Enjoy the new world, 3.5. There’s never been a better time to be a creative person.
Except for maybe the Renaissance. If you lived in Europe you were able to paint pictures of chubby chicks…but even then only 3.5 people ever saw those paintings.
Whoa. I’ve come full circle.