Now that Post A Day 2011 has come to an end for fairly obvious reasons, I am really hoping that WordPress is going to continue with the weekly photo challenges. I only joined in when the year was more than half over, and I really enjoyed them.
They introduced me to hitherto unknown bloggers via their entries, and, even more excitingly, to the joys of browsing pix posted with a photography tag, which then made me experiment with putting various words in the search box and seeing if any interesting posts came to light. They did. Fun. My network widened. One of the things I enjoyed with the photography challenges was seeing familiar names week after week. It felt like meeting old friends.
More people began visiting my blog, which was nice, though I am still very small fry in WordPress terms. And you know, I rather like it that way. There seems to be an underlying assumption that all bloggers are waiting to be discovered; Freshly Pressed, which makes me think of a newly ironed shirt; and gathering armies of followers.
The 365 Project appears to have been conceived entirely with this number game in mind. We are advised to get focused. “There are many different types of blogs on WordPress.com, but you’ll notice that many of the most successful blogs, like the ones featured on Freshly Pressed, have a clearly defined theme, and are written for a specific audience. If you’re interested in attracting other readers to your site, it’s a good idea to do the same.”
I’m sure the advice is correct, but I am here to enjoy myself; to have some fun; to let off steam; to think in words about things and people that are important to me; not worry about my readership. I like having a circle of virtual friends who comment, who encourage, who empathise. That is far more important to me than logging on to find that thousands of people have read and liked a post.
Also, the blogs I enjoy most are the ones with a whole variety of things in them – silly pieces; long thoughtful pieces; personal pieces; photos; writing; art – a smorgasbord of posts, like a good magazine. So, yes, I do want to attract other readers, but no, I am not planning my blog in order so to do. Though as the Scroobious Pip remarked earlier today, when writing about her secret to increasing blog traffic, http://thescroobiouspip.com/2012/01/05/the-secret-to-increasing-blog-traffic/#respond
a little dose of cat cuteness never did anyone harm.