This has been one weird week for me. I have to keep wondering why I am doing this, and whether or not I should continue. Is this really doing anything but filling up a lot of my hours? Is anybody really reading it? Does that even matter? I was thinking about this very post, and how to write it, when I got word this morning that I’ve been nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
Wow! What I do here actually inspires people? To do what? To remind people that even an idiot savant is good at at least one thing? To spew random garbage from their head and hope something sticks? That yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus? I really don’t know, but whatever it is, I guess I’ll keep it up, and hope that these tortured internal monologues your are privy to are building me a good solid base for book sales!
(Note to self, write book immediately)
I kindly thank The Logbooker for this much appreciated nod, and I will give it the attention it deserves at a later date. But for now, I just feel the need to whine and wonder.
And on that note, I just don’t get this whole thing. Take a look to your right. It appears that I have a good handful of fan boys and girls, and thanks to Word Press Publicize, with all the social media “follows” counted separately, the 8 people who actually read this worthless crap look like well over 500.
So, since I keep getting followers, but the page views aren’t very skyrocketing, I have to wonder. Are you reading this shit, and how did you get here?
I joined Twitter a couple of months ago, but just in the last few days I have been pimping the crap out of this blog there. I have picked up a few followers, thank you very much, and this week I have had a few days with very nice hit counts.
My secret stats dashboard is still a secret to me, and I have no idea where the hell you people are all coming from. I’m seeing very few search engine hits, and no referring websites, like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Joe’s Website or otherwise. So, if I’m doing everything right to gain traffic, and it doesn’t appear to be working, where are you coming from? On the other side of the coin, if I have so many followers, why do I have so few readers?
I was thrilled with the results from Thursday Haiku Madness. I have a hundred comments so far on that page alone. So what if 98 of them are mine. That didn’t even happen with my Freshly Pressed post, which sadly, due to personal reasons, I have deleted. -Hard lesson learned-don’t become famous for a sex tape or for writing the wrong thing about the wrong people.
I appreciate all of the reads, the follows, likes and comments, and audience participation in my new oddball weekly features:
Now dear readers, I am asking you to do one more thing for me. In an effort to keep bringing my readers a new and improved blog reading experience, I am asking you to take part in the following very scientific poll. After years of study, the results will be analyzed, and if I am still alive, I will be sure to put them to use in this all important fluff that you’ve come to know and love as The Cheeky Diva.
Please please please answer the questions. Nothing irks me more than spending an extra 45 seconds building a poll that no one answers, except for when my neighbor leaves their hellhound out all night to bark and keep me awake.
What helps you to keep on truckin? How do your readers find you? As always, I wait with bated breath for your thoughts!
A Big Fat P.S.- Important stuff I’ve learned this week that you need to know.
1 .DO use Zemanta. Adding related content to the bottom of your page means that your posts are available to others to use as related content. I have recently started adding these, and am already getting a handful of pingbacks and hits.
2. DO NOT use the “feedback” feature in your dashboard. When you do this, it counts as a “publish”-My wonderful story The Bonfire Effect, my entry for Romantic Monday was all but buried under 3 pages of stories in the reader, as I had used the feedback feature and sent it to a fellow blogger to read for me on Friday. When I did finally publish on Monday, it kept the publish time as Friday morning. That post got very, very few page views, and I was pretty disappointed about it. If you need feedback, please cut and paste into a regular email. I will contact support about this bug ASAP.
And now, in the spirit of the Keep on Truckin theme, here is a videotape of the musical variety to inspire you some more!
- How Are You Using Pinterest In Your PR Campaigns (prbreakfastclub.com)
- Santa Claus is coming to… Debenhams! (debenhams.com)
- Looking for blog topic inspiration? Use Zemanta default picture! (zemanta.com)