Friday, November 17, 2006

More on me, moron me

A couple weeks ago, The Zero Boss provided some sound advice for bloggers who desire traffic - whatever that means. My guess is that if I'm going to toss off into the tubes of the internets, I might as well actually find readers, something beyond a few family members and the shit picklers in human resources. Jay makes some great points I think - considering Da Boss gets more hits in a minute than I get in a month, yeah, I oughta' listen to the man. Indeed, with the whiny tone of my last post, one would think I'd put Jay's advice to the service of being Teh Awesome Single Dad blog sensation slash studmuffin (all righteous motivation) or something. It's gotta work better than what's amounting to my role as toilet-paper stuck to the bottom of a shoe at next year's BlogHer will be confirmed as friends introduce me around to the blank looks that signal "Who?"

Serves me right: what Jay suggests seems to have slipped past me much in the same way his advice to buy IBM was pooh-poohed by me back in the 1940's. Anyway, the suggestions and my failures:
Write regularly. Daily is best, but at least two to three times a week is fine.

More shit, only shittier. I can do that.
Keep posts short and pithy at first.

Damn, I screwed this one from the start and I must have assumed Jay had a lisp with the "pithy" thing.
Be a regular reader of other blogs.

I really - REALLY - try to do this, I swear. Do this and wonder how much it benefits my own writing (or whatever you want to call what I do) and well...
Comment on other people’s blogs.

I am sooooo bad at this. I read other people's blogs and then I'm stuck with the dilemma of writing - what? - "well said, my friend, ha ha, been there a million times, good luck with that, um yes, hmmmmm."
Link to great posts by other bloggers. Add your own meaningful thoughts to the discussion. They’ll notice you linking to them, will read you, and may even link to you (or at least add you to their feed reader) in return.


What's left is far too tech-y for me to pass on to people more stupid than me which is... heh,


Miss Cow is a Cow said...

Oh puh-leeeeeeeeeeze. I've SO given up on regular traffic. With my ex reading my sh!t, I don't post much there these days except stupid memes (I love me some good memes though!).

I post my writing elsewhere that he probably doesn't think to check.

I should post some at the other place, but I've been at a lack as to what to post (especially with NaNoWriMo this month--all my creativity goes towards that --I neeeeeeeed my 50K words!)

When I want readers I play your mixmania!!!

And why do YOU want more readers??? You have us!

alala said...

The commenting on other people's blogs bit was spot-on, that's exactly where my trouble lies. Hell, I was gonna comment on your last post, but all I could come up with was "aw, dude, I read ya cuz yer like, awesome n' stuff." And honestly, where would that get either of us, you'd be all, "Yay! An illiterate reader!" and I'd look dumb(er)(er).

So, um, yeah. Me, I'm giving up on the Get More Readers thing, but you know, if that's what you want, good luck. I'll link to you from time to time...

MizMell said...

Thanks for the tips...
And WRITE MORE is tough for everyone this time of year, with so much going on--but here's a thought: How about sharing those memories and/ or traditions that we all have so many of this time of year? I'll read it.

Carrie said...

I always read others and comment. My problem is that my posts tend to be long and boring unless you are a regular reader.

LouLou! said...

Well, I was here. I have commented and, I will most definitely be back.

There. Feel better? What have you done for ME lately? :)

vicki said...

See how nicely suggestion 4 works? You and me both. Too bad we're so lazy about it since we like each other so much.