Blogging Makes Me Feel Like Charlie Brown

I mostly keep this blog for me. It’s a way for me to put down some of the random things bouncing around in my head.

That being said, it’s nice to know that someone actually looks at my blog. Maybe even a few someones.

Remember how Charlie Brown keeps looking for Valentine cards that never show up? That’s what looking at my blog stats feels like. I keep hoping that there are more hits, but they never show up. Like Charlie Brown, soon I get a complex.

My busiest day on record for my new blog (and the one on which I have been more consistent in posting) was 23 views. Big whoop. I’ve had even less (WAY less) interaction. I’ve started to question the material. I’ve started to question how many people even read what I post on Twitter (most of my referrals come from Facebook). All in all, it’s a very demoralizing experience.

I have to keep reminding myself – this is for me, this is for me. But it would be nice to know that more than 3 or 4 people care, and if they even like what, or how, I write. I’ve even had people comment about my blog posts on Facebook and Twitter, but not on the blog.

I know I sound all whiny, but don’t we all want/need to feel validated? It reminds me of this post, from a man who has no need to whine about his blog traffic.

So what can you do to help me? First and foremost, comment on my posts! Tell me you love it or hate it. Tell me you agree or disagree. I promise I won’t be offended if you don’t like it or don’t agree with me.

Second, if you do like what I write, tell others about it! Let them know to check it out.

Third, subscribe. You can enter an email address (on the right side) and get a notification when I post. That way you don’t have to remember to come back and check to see if I put up anything new.

Finally, validate someone else. We all need it.

One last thought – why have my last two posts used cartoon characters to draw analogies?!

I’m sure there is a blog post about that in there somewhere… 🙂

  • Scott,

    I know how you feel. My blog is more for me as well, but there are times when I look at the traffic report and wonder if anyone is reading it. Rest assured that I am reading your posts. In fact, I have your blog listed on my blogroll so maybe one of my few readers will click on the link and check yours out. I’ll keep reading even if no one else does. Hang in there and keep posting.

    Mike

    • Scott D. Winter

      Thanks, Mike! I returned the favor and added your blog to my list as well!

  • wmarkwhitlock

    I feel the same way. I looked at my Google Reader today to unsubscribe to three blogs that I never read (and should’ve never subscribed to in the first place). I had never looked at “Details”. I have only 10 subscribers to my blog through that portal.

    I feel the same way: my blog is for me, BUT I want others to read.

    There’s a scene in Hunt for Red October that reminds me of online activity right now.

    Jack Ryan is on the aircraft carrier talking to the Captain who is showing him charts.

    Captain Davenport: They’re pinging away with their active sonar like they’re looking for something, but nobody’s listening.

    Jack Ryan: What do you mean?

    Captain Davenport: Well, they’re moving at almost forty knots. At that speed, they could run right over my daughter’s stereo and not hear it.

    I feel like we’re all moving at 40 knots and can’t hear what’s going on. I want to be a better active listener to the content providers I care about—like you—and hope it will be reciprocated.

    • Scott D. Winter

      Hey Mark – done! I’ve added your blog as well!

  • Shary

    I read all your blog posts! You are a good writer and I like to hear what you’re thinking. Keep it up.

    • Scott D. Winter

      Thank you, Shary!

  • I love this post! Mainly because I have felt the same thing recently. My blog is mainly about what’s happening in my family’s life, but there have been posts that I felt could create some interest. When my traffic didn’t go way up I got a little discouraged. I recently, however, got back to what I created my blog for, to give people a view from inside my days.

  • Jill

    I knew exactly what you meant when I saw your post.I understand Charlie Brown talk. 🙂 This is my first time to your blog. I don’t follow blogs, I think it comes down to time for most people. FB is about it for me and I find myself just skimming thru it quickly because it can take too much time. With that said, the blog entries that you post do look interesting to me and I have intended to check them out.

  • I got your comment on my post!! AND I see that you DO have a following!! AND I had no idea you read my blog…..SO, I have added you to my list!! I will definitely read your blog!!
    Isn’t it funny how we don’t really seem to be ME ME ME people but the blog makes me feel that way…sigh

    • Scott D. Winter

      Blogging definitely brings out the desire to be validated, doesn’t it? I do look at your blog (occasionally), and will be happy to add you to my blog roll.