Blogging: Do More Followers Equal More Views?

Like most bloggers, I get excited when I gain another follower. But does this addition of another follower equal more views? The easy answer is: not necessarily.

Why?

Well, because, like you, they are busy people. The increase of a following retinue does not equate to increased popularity or the ascension of your views per day. Search engines are responsible for your views or lack of them and adequate tagging is what guarantees success in that avenue.

If you are like me and you are too busy writing to read too many other blogs, don’t feel guilty. I know I attempt to read as many posts as possible, but everyday life keeps getting in the way. I read very fast and I still cannot get through too many blog posts at any given time.

Besides writing my blog, I write fiction, read books, watch films and I also cook the tea and do the housework and go on walks for my heart. So even though I follow other blogs, I find it difficult to read other posts. But I try.

Still, it seems that the real key to getting your blog posts seen is proper tagging. WordPress give a few valuable hints and they do help. There must be something that I’m missing though, because my view counts have been dropping.

I know, I can hear you whispering back there. You’re saying to yourselves that the counts are dropping because my posts are not that interesting are they. Well maybe not, but after reading a lot of other blogs I am at least “on par” with most of them. But some other blog posts will always be better than mine. I can only dream of writing with such clarity, wit, and uniqueness.

Still, I try to tag my posts correctly and gain as many views per post as possible.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. I am not complaining. I get way more views per post than I ever did (and still do on Tumblr) or on Blogger.com. I am still not sure why, either. In many ways, despite the fact that I’ve been blogging for almost two years now; the mysteries of blogging are still that; mysteries.

But to be honest, I never worry too much about views per post. I tend to upload on average two to three posts per day, sometimes more. I look at the overall views and accept that some days are just not “busy” days. Wednesday’s, for example, are historically slow for my site. I don’t know why either, perhaps folks are too busy celebrating that the week is half over.

All more followers equal is a lot of folks who like what you do and will drop by to have a look now and then. There will always be a “core” group of these followers who almost religiously stop by and not only like what you’re doing but comment as well. This core is always appreciated, even when they do not agree with your viewpoint.

I read blogs that profess to hold the secrets to “good” blogging which in turn will guarantee your own blogs success. The tips are all pretty much the same. “Stay focused, tag well, have a good SEO, blah, blah and blah.” I think that the definition of your blog’s success lies with you and your own definition.

Like beauty being in the eye of the beholder, you will have your own benchmarks as to what makes your blog successful. If you are a business oriented blog, sales and sales enquiries will dictate your success or lack thereof. If you write just to make yourself heard, then views will be your gauge.

I do not believe that there is one standard blogging formula that “fits all.” We are all a pretty diverse section of mankind. Like our fellow-man, our likes and dislikes vary. Not too much though as we often find other people who feel as we do, just not necessarily exactly the same and that is what makes life interesting.

I will admit to being a “stat’s” junkie. I will check my view counts throughout the day and cheer when I’ve apparently hit a chord with folks and gotten “lots” of views and grouse when I don’t (usually on a Wednesday). I have quite a few followers and I love them all, even when they do not agree with my opinions. But having these followers does not mean that I get more views.

So gaining followers does not equate to more views per post, it does however equate to finding other people (spelt bloggers) who feel as you do. Or at least who want to communicate with you; either to agree or disagree or to just “like” what you’ve written.

And, to me, that makes blogging worth it.

The Vesatile Blogger and Blog of the Year 2012, Merry Christmas to Me!

I awoke this morning to find that I had been “blessed” twice by other bloggers. Firstly Kim over at Tranquil Dreams has given me The Versatile Blogger (Which I, of course, accepted. One can never get too many awards!) Then I found that Marilyn over at Serendipity put me up for the Blog of the Year 2012…again. *That gives me a 3rd star for my Blog of the Year award!*

Although to be honest I wasn’t really expecting to be here since so many folks seemed to give so much credence to the Mayan “prophesy” about the world’s demise yesterday. I guess I should have said I was triply blessed! But to get to the point, I owe a huge thank you to both ladies for thinking of me. I will be doing an extra blog-post to talk about the Blog of the Year 2012 3rd star shortly.

So thank you Kim for giving me this award. Of course like every other award in the blogging verse there is a “penalty” to be paid for accepting. I am kidding, honest! I don’t see these “rules” as a penalty; they are just part of a tradition that requires the recipient of the award to pass the favour on. In other words you’re meant to share the wealth. It is a great way to show folks that follow you (and that you follow) that you care.

I am not the greatest at reading the blogs I follow, I will admit that right up front (although I do try) I do not stop by as often as I should and like or comment on blogs. There! I said it; I feel much better now. I guess confession is good for you.

The rules for accepting are as follows:

  •  Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award. 
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. 
  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

The first two requirements have been done and the next one (which is the hardest) is what I’ll do now.

My nominees for The Versatile Blogger Award are (drum roll, please):

The above blogs are by no means complete. In fact the first one up is a clear case of nepotism in that my daughter Meg writes the blog. She has written several blog posts under “Much Ado About” on Tumblr and damn it she is versatile. So are the other folks that I’ve nominated. They are pretty much chosen in a random manner. Of course there are a few who are special (and you know who you are) that I would have picked anyway. I do apologise to all the other worthy folks who I did not pick.

Now for the last bit; the “seven interesting facts about yourself” and previously not known facts as well. So without further ado, here they are:

  1. I once climbed Mount Snowdon but had to stop just before the top due to bad weather.
  2. I don’t like pain.
  3. I used to write short stories and once wrote an entire 3 act play.
  4. The above mentioned pieces of literature have never been published.
  5. I used to write articles for the “base” newspaper when I was in the Air Force.
  6. I’ve done radio commercials and presented the odd radio program.
  7. The first radio commercial I ever recorded was when I was seventeen.

I will finish by thanking Kim and very shortly I will be notifying the folks I nominated for this award. I will now (since I finally figured out how to do it) put The Versatile Blogger Award on my blog wall. So thanks Kim!

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The Long Distance Blogger

112312_1726_Weebleswobb4.jpgSomeone the other day complimented me on the amount of time I have been blogging. He or she (I honestly cannot remember who it was, so I’ll apologise now for my lousy memory) said that they were always saddened by the amount of folks who started blogging, but could not keep up with it.

I had not noticed. But after he or she mentioned it, I began to look out for folks whose blogs I read to see who was still blogging and who wasn’t. They were right. Some bloggers had just stopped writing and others posted one last entry to their blog. The last entries are apologies to their followers for stopping.

I guess that I am not really surprised to see a constant fluctuation of bloggers. A lot of people only start a blog as some sort of time filler. There are several reasons to blog, not least of which (according to the pundits who claim to know) because it looks good on a CV (curriculum vitae or resume stateside) and “everyone” who is “successful” in business blogs.

I guess I’ve either missed it or maybe I read the wrong circles because I’ve never read a blog by Bill Gates or even Donald Trump. Please don’t hesitate to tell me if I am wrong. I would not want to “short change” Bill or Don.

Blogging is for the most part a recent phenomenon. The word weblog did not even exist before 1997. In 1998 there were only a handful and some researcher’s say there were only about 23 listed. *figures courtesy of Yahoo answers*

The blogging website Blogger was born in 1999 and quickly became a hit with users of the net. Blogger was being used at an astronomical rate with over 300 blogs a day being created on the new site. By 2002 blogger had over 100,000 users. *Yahoo answers*

WordPress sprang into existence on March 27, 2003. As of December 2011 the application had been downloaded 65 million times. *Wikipedia*

So despite the fact that blogging is a recent development it appears to be extremely popular and in all likely hood is here to stay. Of course the “face” of blogging is constantly changing. I am referring to the written blog versus the video blog (or vlog as it is more commonly known).

Blogging is of course not just for individuals to write movie reviews or book reviews or to share recipes. It is also used as a sales platform. I am sure that there are a lot of people who rely on blogs that deal with retail or product information. I don’t read sales blogs, but I may need to one day.

It would be interesting to see just how many bloggers are of the long distance variety. I still consider myself a “noob” in the world of blogging and I’ve been posting since November 2011. I was a very haphazard blogger in the beginning. It was only after I’d been injured at work and had a lot of time off that I started posting on a regular basis.

I did not know anything about how the whole thing worked and I am still learning new things daily. One thing I had to learn was regulation. It was not unusual for me to do several posts a day. That has now evened out to about 1.5 posts a day. So I am “almost” blogging on a daily basis.

But a lot of folks only post once a week or less. These are the blogs that I would have pictured as long-lasting. But the amount of posts or the frequency does not seem to make a difference to the ratio of long-term bloggers.

I do know of at least a few other bloggers like myself who have a lot to say (or write) and they show no signs of stopping. Others are frustrated authors or are writers who are submitting their work for publication and are waiting for their big break. Some are just getting published but want to write more than a novel or a collection of short stories. They want to communicate.

I can’t help but wonder if the blogging craze will “bottom out.” Is it just a current fad? Will there be a gradual decline in the number of blogs available? Or will there be a winnowing out of the less than erudite and entertaining blogs. I would like to have a look into a crystal ball and see if in ten years time I will still be blogging.

I’d like to think my blog will still be around. It will change I am sure, but that is the natural progression of anything we do over time. I would like to think that I can still be entertaining and thought-provoking in the years to come.

And if I am, I hope that you are still here to read my posts friends and neighbours. Because without you I would be “whistling in the wind” or worse, I would be typing to myself instead of just talking to myself.

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Blog Machine (Photo credit: digitalrob70)

Wow, 400 Posts! That’s 100 More than the Spartans!

When I looked down and saw that my last post was the 400th one, I was shocked, surprised and not a little proud. I wanted to stand up and thrust my imaginary sword to the sky and yell manfully, “This is Mich-ael!”

All kidding aside, I am really surprised that I’ve managed to keep it up for so long. *and yes, I do know how rude that sounds, thank you* I had no idea that when I started blogging in 2011 that I’d keep writing and posting so religiously. It has become my newest addiction.

It is also my most satisfying endeavour. Through the blogging community, I’ve met some great people and read some great blogs. My follower count (a combination of three different blogs) now reaches over 175.  For someone who never thought he’d get one follower to now being within a gnat’s whisker of having 200, it’s mind-boggling.

Although I’ve reached the over 400 post mark, this one will be 401, I still have not really decided if I should branch out into different pages or not. I have a pretty eclectic range of blog posts. Film, which makes up the majority of my posts is closely followed by personal ruminations and philosophy. I have also done a lot of autobiographical posts as well as health, politics and the odd rant.

My blog title of MikesFilmTalk could be a little misleading I suppose, but as I do talk about film a lot, it seems fitting. My first ever blog was titled Random Thoughts for a Random World. It seemed fitting. Most of my original posts were just that, Random musings.

But as my first love is still writing, cinema and acting my current title seems apt enough.

I’m taking the long way around the barn again, I do apologise.

The point of this short blog post is to say thank you, again, friends and neighbours for your continued support; and for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and followed me? Bless you.

It is the follower’s, liker’s, and commenter’s who brighten my day. I hope I can continue to post at least daily, although I’ve posted several posts in one day in the past) and some days not posted at all.

I am learning a bit more about writing a blog and how to improve on it. I am also loosening up old creative muscles that I thought had atrophied through lack of use. If you are interested here is the first blog post that started me on my way to the over 400 that I’ve written and uploaded.

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Here’s to the next 400!

“This is Mich-ael!”

One Lovely Blog Award! Thanks! Just What the Doctor Ordered

One Lovely Blog Award. Cheers george-b!

I was very chuffed to be nominated for this award by george-b  over at euzicasa yesterday! Cheers mate, it was just what I needed to get me started this week!

I had a friend around yesterday who was checking on whether the rumours of my still being alive were true and that the surgeons did indeed find the presence of a heart in my chest.

One cup of tea and coffee later, he looked at me closely and said, “I’m wearing you out. I’ll be going now, don’t forget to call if you need anything.” I did feel a bit tired.

I decided that I’d write something about 9/11 and how it had impacted on me, a ‘yank’ living abroad, and I couldn’t get past two paragraphs.

I decided that another coffee was in order and after making it, I started from scratch and still could not get much further than three paragraphs.

Three very short paragraphs.

It then dawned on me that perhaps I had exhausted my meagre intellectual pool on my social visit. I jumped at this excuse and decided to give my brain a rest and have a long soaking bath instead.

It was after getting out of the bath that I got george-b’s comment informing my that he’d put my name up for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ and in case you missed his blog post here’s a link to it: One Lovely Blog Award – second time around is sweeter.

I decided to write on this new development, but,  I was still not getting around the ‘three paragraph’ stonewall. I watched Tombstone, the vastly entertaining Wyatt Earp film by Kurt Russell and co. My brain was so tired that, if threatened, I could not have written the most abbreviated shopping list in the world.

It was only after sleeping for well over 12 hours, that my mind has recovered from it’s hour long visit from yesterday.

So! The One Lovely Blog Award is another of those ‘feel good’ awards that helps the the blogging community identify itself and lets the same community learn a bit more about the folks who populate it. It’s a bit of fun, a bit ‘self indulgent’ (But honestly, isn’t that what blogging really is? Our creative self indulgences in print?) and a good natured way for blogs of all disciplines to shine a bit. *Whew! That was a long paragraph!*

There are only 3 rules connected with this award, which is not bad at all in the world of blogging awards, and pretty simple.

1. Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you. 

2.  Describe 7 things about yourself:

1. I have just been realised from hospital after emergency open heart by-pass surgery.

2. I am single again after almost 27 years of marriage.

3. I am not in a hurry to have any ‘deep and meaningful’ relationships with anyone at the moment.

4. I am in the process of ‘re-discovering’ myself.

5. I have worked as a professional actor.

6. I have always hated the way my recorded voice sounds.

7. I am completely addicted to real coffee.

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers:

1. Tim The Film Guy 

2. leOpard13

3. Deep Rem Rum

4. Marked Movies

5. Noah’s Ark 13

6. Christine Friesenhahn

7. Daphne Probst

8. Fortyteen Candles

9. oatmeal&art 

10. jennifermdarling

11. Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop 

12. Cinema Schminema

13. Cinema Train

14. Out of Fal

15. My Far Away Places

And that, as they say, is that. I can only apologise in advance to those  who did not ‘make’ the list. I follow so many wonderful blogs that I have to use a sort of ‘shorthand’ lottery. If you were missed, it doesn’t mean that you are forgotten.

Thanks again for the award!

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