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Bloggers & Idol – Where are the differences?
I, Sharron-Idol, do count myself, in a way, as a
blogger. – A “writer” even. – I count it as a part of my artistry, in a similar way to being a musician, train enthusiast, a qualified electronics technician, and computer-geek.
I’m probably not what you’d expect a blogger to be these days though:
When I post or create a new page I don’t necessarily do so to post to get a ton of likes, comments and shares. If I do get a ton of likes, comments and shares then so much the better. Call me old school if you like; but I’m not here to give you all the stuff that people are already sharing just to try to make myself supposedly popular. That stuff is already old news, and going by the collective IQ of the crowd it’s usually something of nothing, bullshit, ignorance, or all three. – Maybe even “Fake news”; to borrow an expression from Trump. I don’t see the point of joining the ‘echo-chamber’.
When I say I’m probably not the type of blogger you’d expect; I mean that I’m not really actually included in the standard category or definition of “blogger”
Here’s why: –
Bloggers constantly create lots of content and start to have a hissy-fit at themselves if they don’t adhere rigidly to the posting-schedule that they’ve set themselves. – Sometimes they’ll wear themselves out working long hours to achieve this. – The result is a few more readers, and often, eventually, burnout.
I post when I have a reason to; when I have something to say or announce. My content is driven by my own goals, releases, successes, and achievements; not by the calendar or a desire for ‘likes’, shares, and/or to produce viral content for the sake of doing so.
Bloggers spend way too much of their time writing more blog posts.
I’m a musician, entertainer, recreational railway person, and a business-person: I devote as much time as is absolutely necessary to writing more blog posts, no more than that. I also update existing posts and republish them: That saves a load of time and effort.
While bloggers waste a lot of time reading about how to grow their blog and their traffic organically only; I realise that traffic is everywhere and can be bought.
– In fact the only way to get a decent amount of traffic fast is to buy it.
(Please note: I buy traffic – from places like Facebook & Google.
I earn followers & fans. – Because anything else – such as buying fake followers – is disingenuous – and dishonest.)
Trying to generate traffic organically by pumping out blog posts is a mug’s game, and it will achieve 20% or less of the results for 80% or more of the effort.
– It’s like driving on ice: The more power you deliver into the wheels the more they spin and the more the vehicle careers off course without really going anywhere.
Most bloggers try to grow their traffic something like this: –
- Writing a ton of blog posts on an aggressive schedule in an effort to get Google to notice
- Constantly fighting every little Google change to figure out how to SEO their way to the top
- Engaging on social media all day to try to siphon people over to their blog
- Trying to get guest post opportunities on popular sites
- Participating in traffic gimmicks like blog carnivals, list posts with guru quotes and link exchanges
In other words they bend over backwards to do everything they think will give them the edge; and then they hope it works. – There’s no control there. There’s no certainty either. What is there is a load of work: >80% total effort for <20% total productivity. – Known as the 80/20 rule.
Bloggers & writers are misled to think that the more
often they write articles/posts, the better their blog/website will do.
. Some people would have you believe that if you want more traffic to your blog, then you should strive to write & publish outstanding content, and do it often.
. Many blog “gurus” even engage in debates about ideal posting frequencies, as if there is some kind of magic schedule that would result in maximum traffic.
It just isn’t true.
.The race to post something new a few times per week – or even daily – in a never-ending quest for more traffic is just a recipe for one thing…
While bloggers worry about their comment counts and organic traffic; I look at what I can produce to entertain my audience – in terms of written content, musical content, and other content too: On this, and a host of other sites.
Also I care about generating genuine new fans/followers.
I prefer quality over quantity. I would rather produce one item of value per year than 365 items per year with very little or no value. – After all; a gram of gold is worth much more than a ton of shit any day.
I really don’t care much about the comments. To me they usually add little or no value anyway: One in a hundred comments may have a valid point in it; but it will probably serve as much as a distraction as it will to bring
A lot of the time I have comments switched off on some articles. – Comment if you feel like commenting – if you can comment, if you want; otherwise give it a miss. – I’m easy either way.
I do apologise if that sounds rather flippant and a bit rude in a way – but I find these days that at least 50% of comments are spam – which is caught by my security software – and the rest usually amounts to small-talk or some form of hatred-based-dialogue with unknown motivation.
Bloggers usually have nothing to sell, and are quite often afraid of selling even! Maybe they’re too busy pumping out more blog posts to worry about selling anything and making a living.
* Yes of course I’d like you to buy my products…
You didn’t seriously imagine that this site is here just to look pretty did you? *