These are questions I ask myself all the time, and I don’t think there is any definitive answers to any of them. Though I’m sure I could give some pretty reasonable ones if I just tried hard enough. 😉
I have found it somewhat fascinating to read on other blogs about how they blog, or their rules of blogging and so forth. And if memory serves me right, I believe there a flurry of such articles/blog posts on similar topics around the same time last year.
Maybe it’s a New Year’s thing where bloggers and writers are doing their best to motivate themselves and remind themselves why they do what they do. We all set goals or resolutions for the New Year (Click HERE to read mine!!), and perhaps all this self-analytical and self-motivational writing is a way to keep those goals alive now that we’re part way into January.
Or perhaps that particular writer just felt like writing about that subject. 😀 And that’s a great thing.
So why the hell do I blog anyway?
Well… why not? As I’ve mentioned plenty of times before, I initially started this blog as a way to keep friends and family back home up to date on my travels and the adventure I was having after moving to London. It was a simpler way to keep my loved ones aware of how things were going without having to send a million separate emails.
Obviously over time this has evolved into what we have today – and will probably evolve into something new at some point in the future – but it’s been a somewhat organic evolution and (I hope) hasn’t seemed forced or contrite. Or even too self-serving at times.
But mostly why I’ve continued this blog is it’s allowed me to write on a variety of topics, even sometimes of a personal nature, and it has given me a forum to voice my opinions on things I see around me. It gives me an opportunity to practice my passion (writing) while reaching out with my voice to connect with others out there, and hopefully start some meaningful and interesting conversations.
And yes, by practicing my passion for writing it also feeds my fantasy of one day becoming a full-time published author/writer, and someone will give me the time (and money) to do this for a living. *Sigh* Maybe one day…
Despite that dream, I do find that I don’t tell a lot of people (in person) that I have a blog. There’s been a few times where I’ve told people of this site only for them to give me looks of pity and slight discomfort on their part, like they felt some kind of humiliation for me.. or perhaps for themselves for talking to me. Like there was something shameful or a bit sad about being a blogger. Yeah, whatever..
Then there are those who are overly excited about it and try to give me ‘ideas’ of topics to write about without really knowing what my blog is about. I’ve had people tell me I should never talk about my own personal life or experiences, or that it should be more about being a bear (gay sub-culture that I don’t fit into I feel..), or that I should show more pornographic content, or any other numerous suggestions. None of which really fit what I’ve already got going here.
There was even one person recently (who has read the blog.. and is a dear friend) who suggested that I basically turn this into a sex blog, recounting different people’s sexual experiences, because that would totally drive viewers to the blog.
Admittedly, I do have an idea for a series of erotic fictional short-stories, but I don’t think I’ll be posting them on this site, as I’m not sure they would fit with the tone or crowd that is already here. Last thing I want to do is to alienate regular or longtime readers while bringing in a more ‘pervy’ crowd.
But of course I have to write them first to see how they turn out. lol
One of the things I’ve been doing a lot of lately is trying different ways to promote my blog and drive up traffic. This has been through a variety of websites like Blogsurfer (there’s a button on the right.. ), networking on Twitter (@MPWilson73), and by creating a Facebook page (Click HERE to like the page) for friends to like and share without cluttering up the feeds of those who don’t want to see or read my posts.
Have my viewers gone up since the holidays? Yeah they have a little, but funnily enough it doesn’t seem to be from the Facebook page which I would have thought would have helped, and there’s only the occasional Twitter hit. There’s a been a few people to find the Facebook page through their friends or get invites from others, but they don’t seem to be clicking the links over to here. And they’re not really commenting, liking or sharing the posts.. that I can see anyway.
Of course, all of that will take time and I just need to be patient while continuing to write my little tush off and keep this passion going strong throughout the year. And need to get off my ass and start writing that fictional series already. 😉
Really hope all of you (and your friends, and your friends’ friends.. hint hint lol) will continue with me on this journey to gawd-knows where. 😀