True confessions from a learning-as-I-go-blogger (aka, ME, who started late in the ‘.com’ of blogging) about using click bait.
So, how is it going figuring out this crazy deal (ordeal) of blogging??
Let’s see, there are a couple of things that are going well. Considering, you know, that I don’t really know what the hell I’m doing.
I don’t know about you, but, whew…it always feels better to admit to things, doesn’t it?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it does.
What is going well?
- Commitment: I’m sticking to blogging every day. It appears the habit has stuck like glue to me, I wake up excited to write and that is rewarding.
- Comments: I’ve been reaching out and commenting on other blogs as I’m able to find time to do so. Holy crap, I don’t know how people do it!?! I don’t want this blog to consume my life, so I’ve limited the time to early mornings during the work week. On weekends though…I find time to get sucked into it. As a result of reaching out (or at least that’s what I surmise is happening?), I’m receiving comments from other bloggers. Those comments have been a highlight of my blogging experience. It is fun to hear from them, and share thoughts back and forth. I’m truly grateful to have learned the benefits of doing so.
My confessions about blog posts that work (or don’t)?
Interestingly enough, I have learned some pretty interesting shit (well, that’s not very nice…).
But, first, dear reader(s), before I confess, please continue reading only if you dare to be:
- free of judgment
- uncomfortable seeing how pathetic I am as I pay attention too closely to stat trends
- concerned for any real stability in my brain
- able to push aside a strong desire to send me off to some blogging university for lessons (By the way, been there, tried some of it, it wasn’t all it boasted it would be…)
The first eye-opening lesson (confession) came when I was nominated for the Liebster Award (TWICE…hold back the clapping of hands please!!!). I already wrote about the experience of being nominated and my acceptance speech.
But I didn’t share confessions about my experience the days following the acceptance and after I did all the work required of the nomination (OMG, it takes a lot of fricken’ time, have you seen the to-do list??).
Confessions about the day after…
I hadn’t ever wondered what the day after acceptance of an award nomination would feel like? It wasn’t on my blogging lessons radar. And this was a nomination for an award I hadn’t applied for. If I had applied for it, then received a nomination, I would have been prepared, ready, and even more excited about it. Maybe?
The nominations just rolled into my inbox, out of the blue sky – stars were aligned somewhere I guess?
(Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond touched that the bloggers who nominated me felt I was worthy of the nomination! I feel the same about the list of people I nominated. They are awesome bloggers to me! They have been kind, they’ve responded to me, they’ve supported me, and I really enjoy reading their blogs. It is supposed to be a fun way to get to know new bloggers, that’s a cool concept, which I admire. I’m positive for others, it is a great experience that I’d love to hear more about.…but I, on the other hand NOW have doubts about the underlying purpose of the award, that’s what this mini-lesson is all about!).
Back to my rant (aka, mini-lesson)…after being stymied by the award nomination, my faithful first response to any blogging prompt is:
(insert image of a blinking line…)
And I’m a rule follower, so I quickly (Google searched, followed the link in the nominator’s blog post, re-read the nominator’s post, etc.) investigated the “award” and yep, at first glance, it looked legit, so I took the click bait.
The arrival of the nomination evoked me to action. I accepted it, and you know what?
It took a lot of time.
And then it was over.
The committee who reviews the nominations (if you check around, it seems there are more than just one contest called this award; all accepting entries for a long time) decides the outcome – get this, at the end of the year in which you’re nominated. Being nominated in the first part of the year is not really a great thing, is it? I don’t know about you, but chances are I will have forgotten about this way before 2019 arrives! Let alone have one of the judges go back to look at all the entries…for a whole year, and pick my entry? Yeah right, like that’s going to happen!?
Now what, should I wait…again…for another award to fall from the sky or what? Oh my, that sounds like…what’s the word for it…oh yeah, fun…? NOT!
But…here’s the blogging kick-yourself-in-the-pants thing about virtual click bait awards…the originators of the “awards” do get LOTS of traffic to their blog. I (sad but true) literally clicked back and forth from the damn rules page on their site so many times. I’m sure their stats were out of the roof that day. (As a new blogger, that’s what we do, we click back and forth, back and forth, back and forth…as we try to figure things out, – blog award page owner, you’re welcome, by the way!)
Unlike my stats on the day that I announced my nomination (very eloquently, I must say – I took it seriously, yes, I did!…maybe gullible should no longer my middle name???), I saw a DECREASE in blog readership. Note red star day below.
Well, isn’t that nice? Wasn’t it a prestigious award…shouldn’t the whole blogging world want to read about my nomination? NOT!
I’m so over the small disappointment. YEP! I bounce back well in my old age, I see learning things as a good thing! (There may have been some comfort food involved in recovery though…and a beer…and some french onion dip…it goes well with chips…)
What’s the 2nd eye-opening lesson (aka, the scoop on my blue star day)?
Oh yeah, now that’s an entertaining story. It was a historically glorious, stat through the roof, kind of day (or should I say – a 3-olive martini day – not just a Leinie’s day, but a 3-olive martini day and dip on top of the chips for sure kind of day!).
What did I do differently that day?
I used click bait porn?
WHAT???? There’s something called that?
No, I made it up when I was shocked to see the response. “It has to be click bait porn??”
Okay…so what did I do to get that kind of response? Unlike other bloggers who have figured this shit out, I don’t mind sharing the gory details to my one day of success to help others see what may have happened.
I’ve been paying attention to my stats…like every good blog creeper should do…
I know (from my stat analytics) Saturday at 1:00 pm is the best view time slot for my faithful readers. Apparently, like me, these other people get their chores done in the morning and love to veg on their computers on a Saturday afternoon, too? Other days, a static trend in stats of my real true readership is the norm. (No matter how many times I refresh the screen!)
That day in history, I figured, what the heck, try posting on 2 prompts – a photo challenge, and the Daily Post Prompt, AND…since it was the end of the year, people were no doubt setting goals for the first of the year. I had a (theory to test) feeling that if I posted on a Facebook group page about “What it’s like the first year of going gray?” it may be something the wannabes to going gray would like to read?
It turns out when someone is about to set goals, they like to read about someone else who has been there, done that. Blog posts about important stuff are helpful that way.
Moral of the story (confessions): Blogging takes a lot of work. It is a hit or miss kind of deal. The mysterious workings of carving out space as a blog writer remain a work in progress for this learning-as-I-go-blogger. Click bait is a piece of the puzzle. No one confesses about their click bait in their “how-to set up a blog in 10-minute” blog posts, do they???
I just confessed…and I’m testing the waters again – all the experienced bloggers know how pathetic my attempt today really is…! At least I’m confessing upfront to you about it, right? I sure wish the prompt word was confession…