If you’re a new blogger, you may start researching blogging, and think to yourself,
“I don’t stand a chance”.
“There are so many great blogs out there.”
“Others write better than I do.”
“No one is visiting my blog”
“There is so much to learn about blogging, I’ll never totally understand it all.”
“Then, I just read on Techonorati :
The World Live Web is incredibly active, and according to Technorati data, there are over 175,000 new blogs (that’s just blogs) every day. Bloggers update their blogs regularly to the tune of over 1.6 million posts per day, or over 18 updates a second.
“It’s just too overwhelming”
” I will never find my place in the world of blogging”
This scenario reminds me of an abandoned dog, that showed up on our job site.
We would show up for work, and she would be laying under our large excavator. With matted fur, and signs of malnutrition, she was starving, not only for food, but for affection. The crew would share their lunches with her, and at days end, she was no where to be seen. We assumed she went “home”.
But as the days passed, she began staying on the job site…never leaving. Signs of an infection in her mouth, alarmed us.
Without a collar, she had no name. The humane society and local newspaper confirmed, no one was looking for her. She was homeless.
Undoubtedly, she was in pain. We took her to our family vet. It was confirmed that not only did she have a bad infection, she had cataracts in both eyes, her hearing was minimal, she would need hundreds of dollars of dental work done, plus, it was obvious to the vet, she had been terribly abused by a previous owner. We also assume she was disciplined with a shock collar, as she did not bark.
We adopted her. Soon she was on the mend, gaining weight, and becoming playful.
We named her “Lucky” – a name suitable, for two reasons. 1) We felt lucky that we were able to save her, and 2) She was lucky to have made it so far in life, based on her circumstances and perseverance (the vet guesses she is about 12 years old).
She has not only become a part of our family, but she also found a place in our hearts
When we start blogging, we may feel like Lucky might have.
We go visit other blogs, and hang out.
We have a (domain) name, but no one knows it.
Our eyes are blind to the chances that await us
Our ears are open, but the silence is deafening.
We hope someone will show us some attention, and come and visit our blog.
We dine on a scrap of one or two of comments, hoping there’s more where that came from.
We sniff out a master (mentor), who will hopefully help us avoid being sucked into a void of no traffic.
And then we find hope.
Hope in the form of fellow bloggers.
Bloggers who will stroke the fur of our egos, and fill the dishes of our comment section.
And then we’re happy.
We came home.
Home to blogosphere.
To all bloggers. Let’s give the new bloggers a chance.
Join me on a mission.
Let’s all visit one new blog each week, and leave a comment.
Search the comment sections of your favorite blogs, or go online, and find a new blog you can identify with. I’m going to attempt to find ones that are less than 2 months old.
It may take a few tries.
Let’s not abandon the new bloggers.
Remember, you were once a new blogger too.
I will be posting a link to the new blogger I find, in a post, each week.
And….to the brand new bloggers, I have an assignment for you, too.
Your lesson will be posted tomorrow.