Blogging Blues

A bit of a personal diatribe here (I wouldn’t call it a rant)… I’m not so sure I’m looking for feedback as just need to think “out loud”.

Yesterday, one of the bloggers I follow announced he was taking a break from his blog because it was interfering with his (other) writing, getting anything published, and a few other areas also.

It struck a chord with me, because I’ve been wondering for a while if this blog was worth the time and effort.

I originally started this blog to promote my writing, and just for general writing practice. It has definitely served it’s purpose in terms of writing practice, but if anything, it’s kept me from focusing on my would be professional writing. I outright yanked all the sexy content from this blog and moved it to another one so as not to offend folks who were interested in my other topics.

I had to mostly drop politics and social issues as well. People don’t want discussion, only their opinions validated. I could just imagine the conniption fits if I posted all the evidence that much of global warming is NOT man made. It wouldn’t matter how many disclaimers I put out about mankind needing to clean up and protect the environment anyway (which I sincerely and strongly believe).

More to the point, I’m still getting tons of “likes” from hit and run bloggers who never read anything and only selfishly want follows and likes of their own. I even outright called one girl on it today via comments. She either thought (incorrectly) she was cute, or was too obtuse to get the sarcasm. She just joked back about being a reading Wonder Woman.

Yeah… right. *rolleyes*

So, if this is taking away from my writing, AND it’s not creating potential buyers for any books I do get published… What the hell AM I doing here??

20 thoughts on “Blogging Blues

  1. Renard Moreau

    🤔 Yes, I would not doubt the fact that there are people who press the “Like” button without ever reading a word that we published.

    Where I am concerned, I have no problems with discussions; people tend to interact with my blog via my blog’s comments thread.

    As a professional writer, you can still find the time to write material for your books. All one needs to do is blog less; for example, updating their blog on a weekly basis (Hopefully, this should help you to keep both projects afloat).

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      OK, dinner’s done so I can get back to comments, LOL.

      I have no issue with discussions either. I welcome them. I only ask a couple of things; be polite, actually read, and try to understand what I’m saying. Our… friend… in the comment below struck out on all three.

      You’re right also, it really is just a matter of time management. If I were more self aware, I’d say I use this blog as an excuse to procrastinate writing and avoid potential failure. 😉

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  2. jyvurentropy

    You say people don’t want discussion, only their own opinions validated.
    And then you complain about people having different opinions than you…..

    There’s a lack of self-awareness here that is almost funny. Almost.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      ACTUALLY… What I said, if you’d bothered to READ, was that I was frustrated by people who don’t read and just make negative assumptions based on preconceived stereotypes.

      Thank you for perfectly illustrating my point.

      I gave you the benefit of the doubt last time you attacked me… Did a blog post clarifying my terms, admitting that I had fell short there. I even gave your blog a free plug.

      So much for the nice approach. Clearly you’re just an angry troll who is so insecure that they have to lash out blindly at anyone who challenges their narrow world-view. I’m sure you’d like some sort of flame war also. Too bad. I hope some day you develop the self esteem and maturity to be able to engage people like adults. I’m just banning you though

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  3. Sam

    You can really tell who the people are that ‘like’ the posts without reading them, especially after receiving a like or two 30 seconds after publishing a post! My only hope with this is that it is good for the algorithm, and more likes potentially shows your content to more people… (similar to Instagram) but that’s the only benefit I see to fake likes. It is all about using the negatives to your advantage!

    ‘People don’t want discussion, only their opinions validated.’ That is the sad reality of it, and even if WP is better than most social media platforms, it still isn’t perfect. But better in my opinion.

    By the way I just clicked the link to your other blog at work… maybe not the best place for me to open it! Haha

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      That’s exactly what I’m talking about Sam, LOL. I check email to see whose replied, and yay, I’ve got a new follower, who liked anywhere from 5 to 10 posts in under a minute. Happens regularly, and they never stick around.

      And yeah, WP is better, especially if you avoid social or political issues. Twitter had to drag them into EVERYTHING, which is why I’m no longer there.

      The other blog… Yeah, lol. I *did* warn that’s where all the sexy stuff went though. 🙂

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      1. Sam

        Or when they like posts and you see who liked it and you know they aren’t the kind of person to like that post 😀 I know I have put posts out that if the blogger read it would definitely not have liked it haha.

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  4. richardbist

    I get likes but few comments on my blog, but it doesn’t bother me. While I love a discussion or opinion, I’m really writing for myself. If others enjoy it and company, great! Otherwise, I’m fine with blogging in the void. At least I’m writing…that’s all that matters to me.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      When you write, you do a pretty good job or wrapping things up, where I feel I can’t add much except “good job” afterwards. That gets to sound insincere after every post. I try to comment where I can though.

      With me, here, it’s about the FAKE likes and the people who want to troll after NOT reading. I’d take 2 sincere likes by people who actually read vs 20 from people who are only trying to buy followers. Those folks don’t care what I wrote and would never buy a book. They’re too wrapped up in their own ego appeasement.

      The debates I don’t mind if they can be kept civil and I see the person is actually interested in coming to an understanding of where each of us come from. Nobody has to agree with me, but let’s at least try to understand one another. Trolls I don’t need.

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  5. -Eugenia

    Depending on my content, I get a variety of likes and comments. My weekly prompt draws a lot of comments. I don’t go for politics and sexy stuff! I like blogs that are upbeat and interesting. Your posts are very well written and I hope you keep writing.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      I’m trying to do more upbeat stuff, if nothing else for my own benefit.:)

      I did try a photo prompt for writing once, and got ZERO for it. I guess I need to keep trying there. As for politics, I’m trying to get away from that. It’s emotionally exhausting and everybody already has their minds made up anyway. Where I do it in the future, it’ll be focused on what I’d do to fix things.

      Thanks for the compliment and reading 🙂

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  6. Writer of Words, etc

    I understand this. I too divide my time between two blogs because the main one’s following crowd would not enjoy the content I write about in the other one. But a break away from the chatter definitely has propelled me toward my other (writing) projects although I did not give myself an official break (yet).

    Blogging is funny, isn’t it. We are drawn to it even when we need escape from it. 🙂

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