A few days ago, I was gripped by a writer’s malaise. My blog was going downhill fast, and my enthusiasm to continue was waning with the tick of the clock. Beetleypete was on the verge of becoming consigned to History, and I didn’t have the enthusiasm to muster up a post. So instead, I posted about this feeling, and got a serious amount of positive feedback, enough to make me decide to continue, in exactly the same old style.
The blog starts to throw unexpected things at you. People, some of them followers who rarely if ever comment, suddenly write something nice and reassuring. Complete strangers throw their hats in the ring, and old friends rally round, urging you to keep going. It would appear that I was in a slump, as predicted, and thanks to Jaypot, an occasional commenter, I was enthused to start over, searching my past, for fertile ground.
After two posts, I was back on form. I even managed another article unrelated to my blog, which was published on a film website. http://curnblog.com/ (Contributors list on right hand side) This at least showed me that I had enough going on, to be thought worthy of publication elsewhere. Looking at my recent stats, I have had viewings from South Korea, Costa Rica , and Denmark. For me, this is what it is all about, global interest, frequent followers, and hopefully, more comments.
I did what I said I was going to do, and kept up with the blogs that I follow, or comment on. I sneaked in a few links to my own stuff, and enjoyed reading the work of other, often much better writers. Comments and likes appeared on my dashboard, from places hitherto unknown, and I got new followers on Twitter, as well as on WordPress. The totals are still low though, if you know about such things. The daily views are steady, spookily the same every day, despite the international differences. But it doesn’t matter. I have never been to Costa Rica, or South Korea, and I don’t know anyone there; so if they are reading my stuff, then that is OK with me.
I am revived, enthused, and back in the saddle. If fewer people are reading it, I don’t care; it is going out nonetheless. Because that is what blogging is all about. So, here I come again.