I’ve decided to pull the plug. After three years and much waffling, I’ve decided to give up blogging – at least I’m no longer going to do it the way all the “experts” keep touting. Like most folks in today’s world, I’ve got a lot going on and let’s face it, I don’t always have anything of value to say or share. Sometimes, I don’t care about the quality and just tell you anyhow. Oddly, you seem to like that.
I’ll continue to post regularly, in fact I might even post more often, I just won’t be trying to orchestrate a complex tapestry of content anymore. No more trying to implement the suggestions from SEO strategists. No more trying to lure in readers with content that might carry across to book sales. No more “valuable” content that sucks in surfers and tries to convince them to “like” something. No more. I simply don’t have the time and frankly, I’m unconvinced it makes any difference or really matters.
The majority of people who read my blog are writers – and most certainly they are readers too – but we didn’t get to know each other because we were reading each other’s writing. We climbed aboard this giant webspinner ride because we had a common interest in writing.
The pundits suggest writers shouldn’t talk about writing.
That’s weird and wrong, considering that’s a topic which interests me. I suspect it interests you too. Actually, I know it does because some of the posts that continue to get the most traffic on my site are often about writing. Not exclusively though, visitors also like the Mutter Museum, Cryptozoology, and my Charter Oak Stove. And why shouldn’t they? Medical oddities, crazy people looking for monsters, and woodburning appliances are nifty, after all. Which works out for both of us because those are things I like too.
So, by default the blog defines itself and I think it’s time to listen. There are only so many hours in a day and so many years of life we’re granted. Screw the rules – they’re more like guidelines anyway (remember Captain Barbossa?). Do it your way.
Here’s a song to commemorate the idea:
You can’t go wrong with a little Frank. Sayonara 2013! I wish you an excellent 2014 – will you make a stubborn stand and do it your way? C’mon, it’ll be fun.
#1 by Richard on December 31, 2013 - 7:46 am
Screw SEO, let the creative spirit reign!
#2 by Lesann Berry on December 31, 2013 - 9:13 am
I’m in complete agreement. I never properly grasped the SEO concept anyhow. Onward with the babble!
#3 by Tammy on January 1, 2014 - 7:28 am
My website/blog has been around 3.5 years and the numbers are really racking up, bu t it seems they have little to do with what I’m posting or even it I post at all. I don’t think anyone can figure out the SEO formula because it always changes. I say blog whatever strikes your fancy. I always find you entertaining!
#4 by Lesann Berry on January 1, 2014 - 12:41 pm
That’s the same thing I’ve noticed. I know there are folks who see direct correlations but I think it’s primarily because they focus on a single subject area. I don’t and won’t – so that can’t work for me. Since blogging is a somewhat narcissistic activity, it’s good to know that entertainment can be derived from the process on both ends!
#5 by Jenny Hansen on January 4, 2014 - 3:48 pm
Good for you, Lesann! Blogging needs to work for you and your schedule. Period.
#6 by Lesann Berry on January 6, 2014 - 12:40 am
Thanks Jenny! You know I like to test out all the different ideas that come down the pike but most of the time I think it’s nonsense. It must work for somebody, but I’ll just stick to my cobwebby corner of the internet. 🙂
#7 by Ali Dent on January 5, 2014 - 8:37 pm
This is awesome!! I read an article today by David Gaughran that said if marketing isn’t fun, you’re doing something wrong. It was very encouraging and speaks into what you have decided here. Diane Capri posted it.
#8 by Lesann Berry on January 6, 2014 - 12:42 am
Thanks, Ali! I read David’s post too – and I think he’s right. Pretty much everything he touched on is evident among the more successful of our little circle of friends. I do think some of the ideas he didn’t care for work well for others though – depends on the personality too. I enjoyed reading his take on things though because his primary point is dead-on – why keep doing something that doesn’t work or feels unsatisfying? I’m not. 🙂