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Are our expectations a little bit unrealistic? I saw a blog post today that started with, “No views today.” The complaint had nothing to do with the rest of the post but I read it and the ONE other post that was posted the previous day. As of this post, there were only TWO posts on that blog.

Anyone who is convinced that views are a magic solution to all problems should read this article. They do not come from nowhere, and sometimes, they might mean nothing. The Trichordist released a song that got 1,000,000 views on Pandora and he earned only $17.00. It is the harsh reality.

Or how about the news that Caitlyn Jenner smashed, according to the BBC, the Twitter world record by gaining one million subscribers on her first tweet? I do not believe everything I am told by journalists, especially because I know that a team of social media consultants worked towards that target. How on Earth did one million accounts detect Ms. Jenner’s presence on Twitter if they were not expecting it? Think!

I am the above-mentioned blogger’s only subscriber at the moment. I was annoyed by “No views today,” because the follow-up was, “I don’t think I understand being social yet.” No-one can automatically detect a blog in cyberspace unless they are invited to view it through some medium or other. If not, it must be indexed before they look for keywords associated with it. 

When I started this blog, I did not quite remember that. That is why I thought that as soon as I published my first post, people from my country would be all over it to read my opinions on a current political issue. I was mistaken, so I moved on quickly and focused on other things. Nowadays, my blogging mantra is, “Don’t get up yourself.”

Here is the other reason why I have that mantra: I rarely see page views from my home country. Recently, a fellow blogger stopped visiting this blog after I mentioned that she was living (as an expatriate) in my home country. People who speak my third language avoid reading my blog, too. One expressed shock that I typed it fluently, with the correct level of formality. “C’est la guerre,” I tell myself and move right along. I am not suited to everyone’s taste. 

I check my stats maybe once a month (while covering my eyes). Did I think about how many people read my blog today as I was immersed in a battle over the placement of a comma in the notes for a fiction story? NO!

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Originally published January 20, 2016 @ 13:42 EDT.
Updated February 02, 2016 @ 16:00 EDT.

By ΠιCΘLΣ

Life is short, so let’s be decent.

262 replies on “No Views”

I misspoke and am so sorry about that. I received a request from a reader to read this type of fiction short stories a few days ago and was waiting for it. I also spoke to three different people about a book and it turns out it was two people and I had to guess what they were after. I didn’t have an introduction from you with your email to work with so thought I was talking to that person. Sometimes people use an alternate email in the same conversation but I know better than I should never assume I know who I’m talking to. Also, didn’t want to seem rude by asking who you were. My apologies.

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The X Files theme song said, “Do you really want to know?” I’m right now feeling the effects of caffeine withdrawal. I thought it would be fun to have a large white mocha on Sunday. Very naughty and now I feel like I’ve been ground up and stomped on. My cells have gone horizontal. And you?

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What a fantastic read. The blog entry, the comments and the responses. It made me think of my own experiences with starting my personal blogs. When I started I was pretty sure and comforted by the fact that no-one would find me. I felt free and just put down my thoughts. You can imagine how surprised I was that there where actually real people out there finding me, interesting people! People I want to have conversations with, people that are like me or with similar thinking. I don’t care about views, what I care about is “who is the person that found me and my thoughts” and getting to know them by visiting their blog. This may sound weird, but I’m alone for most of the time and the blogging community is becoming more and more like a “coffee break” community/family!

Best example is how I “met” you Sabiscuit 🙂 – you liked one of my posts and since I never seen you before, I had to visit your blog – ending up here! Now I am looking forward to learning more about your and your reader’s thoughts.

For me views are meaningless – just like “viewing” people on the street. When you get into a conversation and take time to listen/read, that is when the magic happens and thoughts connect and evolve.

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Thank you, Sophie. As I see it, people who are here to share in a positive spirit are our partners and we support them in their efforts. That’s what makes this atmosphere so great. I appreciate your insights, Sophie. Best of luck.

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The blogging community is a wonderful place, but you have to find your own spot and then relish each and every blogger you meet. I think it is like a real friendship, you have to put some effort into it. But, if all you are looking at is stats, well, good luck with that. 🙂

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Judy, that last line is so funny!!! I prefer to think of fellow bloggers as friends and partners. Definitely makes the effort worthwhile. ❤️

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