About a month ago, I went to Molly Woo’s Chinese American Bistro. I love it when they are called “bistros”. I know there will be lovely atmosphere, good wine, and servers who are young, good-looking, and condescending.
It was a hot day, and the gentleman (barely 21 most likely) behind the podium asked if we wished to be seated inside or outside.
“Inside, I think,” I said.
“Fantastic!” he said.
Really? Was that because it’s a pain in the ass for them to seat you outside, the servers having to come in and out through the heavy door? Was it because he was concerned about our comfort, on such a hot day? I was curious why he thought my decision to be inside was “fantastic” and pondered it all through the meal.
My fortune cookie said “A thrilling time is in store for you.”
Great! That means my blog is about to take off? I’m going to get a call from Ellen? Oprah?
So far, nothing thrilling has happened, but then it’s only been a month.
Today is July 9, 2011 and the six-month anniversary of my blog. My first post was on January 9, 2011. I thought it appropriate to recognize this less than impressive anniversary.
The blog started out pretty well, I think a lot of my Facebook friends checked it out, and then probably found it boring. In February it tanked pretty well, but as you can see by the chart, it has steadily improved since then. June saw the same numbers as January. So far July isn’t too impressive though, so the trend may not continue.
I think a lot of the same people read it every time, and for that I thank them profusely. But I haven’t been able to attract many new readers / fans to my blog. It is disheartening sometimes, and when I check the stats and see a big goose egg (Sorry, no readers today!) I get mad and discouraged and vow to quit altogether. But then I don’t.
It’s what I have chosen to try and promote myself and my books so if I quit doing that, what next? I find myself getting lost in a circle of uncertainty, what’s the best way? What can I try next, without doing something that my introversive personality could never support?
Sometimes I spend a good portion of a day on one blog post. This past blog, about the bluegrass music, and WWII, for example, was time consuming, since I edited the chapter several times. When I got done, I still thought the story was pretty boring. No wonder the editor said to cut it out.
The time spent on writing a blog that has a small readership could better be spent on writing, but once another book is completed, if no one knows about me, they’ll never know it exists. Bah!
Vicious, vicious circles.
Surprisingly, the one post that has the most traffic is the one about Designing Your Own Book Cover. I could see that it was reached by a variety of Google searches and a lot of people read it. No one commented on it, of course, so maybe it wasn’t all that helpful to anyone. I find it difficult to get comments out of readers.
I need just one post to go viral and then people who read it may read some of the previous posts. It’s a long shot, but you never know when / if it will happen. I’m going to keep on blogging, but I don’t think I’ll be too disappointed if July doesn’t top June.
And here’s another ancient Chinese proverb: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
I take this to mean, it is better to concentrate on one thing than to go off in different directions. So I’ll continue blogging, at least for a while.