When I began blogging in September of 2009, it was in hopes of working up to a sizeable readership, thus giving me a platform of sorts from which to launch the publication of my book. Things went slow at first, but then sped up slightly when “Budd Shepherd” at The Lazy Farmer gave me a plug on his blog. I deeply appreciated his help (and still do).
The readership kept growing, until I got to about 215. At that point, some things were becoming obvious. My blog would be forever offensive to large numbers of people, since I’m not politically correct. Even if I tried to be very polite about some subjects, a few folks were still offended, often by entirely misunderstanding what I’d said in the first place. There is not a large audience for my blog, considering my tendency to be so eclectic on the subjects I address and the nature of many of them. My blog appears to appeal mostly to middle-age and older folks of slightly above average intelligence who are conservative both politically and religiously, and actively so. Conclusion? I’ve probably already peaked in readership.
A couple days ago, I went completely through the list of folks who are willing to publically admit that they read my blog. They’re down to 187 now, but even that number is inflated. Many are bloggers. Many who used to comment regularly on my blog haven’t posted anything for several years. I know that many had health problems. I suspect that more than a few are dead. I don’t know what they do with inactive blogs; do they leave them there forever? Many others have quit blogging and removed their blog, but maintain their online identity, I suppose so they can continue to easily read the blogs they like. A surprising number have gone to invitation only blogs, where I wasn’t invited and to which I won’t bother to ask an invitation. I figure many did it to avoid trolls, without having to bother with moderating comments. That’s their prerogative, though it’s not my choice.
So, looking things over, I suspect that only about 75 of the 187 actually still read my blog on occasion. Those who still comment are only a handful. I look for the numbers of both to keep shrinking as we all get older. Will I continue blogging? Yes, for now. I enjoy spouting off when I choose, and I enjoy telling stories from my youth, and current life as well. I also enjoy reading the blogs that I follow, and sometimes respond to those who haven’t made their blog so “secure” that comments aren’t worth the effort.
Another thing to consider is that as I grow older and my acquaintances keep croaking, my Blogger and Facebook friends are the bulk of my social life. This is worsened by my wife’s increasing reclusiveness. As a result, I very much appreciate those of you who bother to comment on my posts. Some of you feel like true friends, and I believe that you are.
This has convinced me to “make arrangements” for my blog and Facebook account if I become unable to blog, or croak outright. I will try to get everything together for either a friend, or my stepson, to let you know what’s up, and then remove my blog’s name from your list of followers. That way, you won’t have to wonder what’s up with my “disappearance.” Hopefully, that will be many years in the future. Until then, thanks for lending me an ear, and may the Lord bless richly. © 2016