Several entries ago, I wrote about feeling bad about not having (yet) a good number of daily followers for my blog site. I aired out my frustration, and on hindsight, I think I was being too self-absorbed (like, the world’s not going to end if no one gets to read my blogs, right?!).
And so I began to question my reasons for blogging. I asked myself if my intention is really for people to read my work, learn from me, or if I just blog because I want to blog. But as my best friend/person pointed out, what good is a written work if there’s no one to read it?
Best friend /person gave some really good suggestions. She’s right. If I want people to get to read my blogs, I should promote it. I’m the best person to market my blogs — meaning, I can’t hide inside a shell and wait for some random reader to see (and like) what I wrote, and pray that random reader thinks of including my site in his or her blogroll. That’s just not the way it works.
The thing is I love to write, but most often than not, I am embarrassed to share my work. It’s quite difficult for me just say, “Hey, I wrote something. Read it!!” Even more difficult if I’m “selling” my work to people I know. Somehow, I care too much about what they will think of my writing — that I’d rather not know. Sometimes, it IS easier to accept the reactions — or criticisms — from strangers. And yes, there are things — thoughts and issues — that I write about that I don’t really want to advertise to my family and friends (like, when I vent about the people I dislike… or I talk about the guys I think are hot… you get my drift!). Somehow there are things that you just don’t want to explain anymore — and that’s what families and friends do best, question your issues.
And so, this reluctant blogger created another blog site with the intention of making that one public (meaning, that one I WILL advertise to friends and relatives). Maybe even shamelessly advertise. There I will write the formal stuff. I will be in my professional writer mode (or at least, try…).
This one is for my stranger-friends (an oxymoron)… the ones who don’t personally know me, yet who I get to share what’s in my head with. No strings attached. I get to write AND not get interrogated. Totally win-win situation.
How I will be able to sustain having two blog sites… well, there lies the challenge. Considering I run out of issues when I still had just one… now it’s double the writing work…
And as my close friend pointed out, now I will end up monitoring blog stats of two sites. I think what he said was, “Two blogs to obsess about.”
He knows me too well.
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