I’ve hit bloggers block.
Last month, I was able to persuade 140 unwitting net denizens to visit Compound Exorcises, publishing seven articles that, like burrs in the jungle of the web, snagged onto the clothing of those passing by, forcing some errant attention to be directed towards their inspection.
April will be a blast, I thought. 70 visitors before, double that last month, why 300 hits should be an easy feat! Yeah right. Problem is, you actually have to write stuff for that theory to work, and I’m running creatively dry exactly halfway into this month. While I’ve been investing time in promoting Compound Exorcises via Twitter (@compndexorcises), the net result is only five visitors (whoo!) from there, to here, thus far. Ugh.
Forgive me for sounding cranky, but I find the whole concept of effective blogging (aka, actually amassing a decent fanbase) to be weirdly counterproductive, at least in principle. In order to get more followers, the number one piece of advice I find online is post often and post long. Whatever you do, don’t be an amateur who hammers out anemic two sentence responses to the Prompt of the Day, just so you can dip your creative ladle in to the stream of browsers and claim a few for your own. But, unless you’re a hotshot writer, how do you accomplish this feat of frequent, expansive ruminations, without scraping the bottom of the Barrel of Quality (sorry, I’ve got into a rut with this ladle and dipping metaphor) and posting drivel simply for the purpose of SEO and self-promotion?
If anyone out there has advice, please, share it with me.
In the meantime, here’s links to some of last month’s stuff. A few were decent.
- Read the Damn Article: an essay style ramble on the importance of trying to be original, especially while fleshing out your online persona.
- Galactic Mocha: my recollection of metaphysically arm-wrestling with an erstwhile atheist friend, who had suddenly found the concept of karma to be all-justifying.
- Apocalyptic Optimists: an unabashed music review of one of my favorite bands, Leisure Cruise. Complete with videos.
- In Search of Summer School: a recap of my post-secondary educational goals — and how they had just recently changed in favor of web development courses.
- Unclaimed Lost Stuff: a totally-unnecessary diary entry of how I came to find a lost iPhone during a snowstorm, and proceeded to use it for myself. Kinda entertaining.
- Glass Pyramid in a Desert: a Las Vegas travelogue I submitted to a literary journal, only to be rejected. However, I’m kind of proud of it, and it includes some original photography I’ve wanted to share for a while. Check it.
On that note, is there anything new from me to anticipate this month? Possibly one, possible two articles. I’ve been pining to write a hybrid review/opinion piece on the new Ghost in the Shell movie, particularly expressing my views on the perception of race as it relates to the film. I’ve also wanted to make a list of original, strong female characters in mixed media, just for fun. For these, I have two titles in mind: What Colour is a Ghost and Heroine Addict. Keep your eyes peeled, or better yet, sign up for updates below!
Catch you later,