Nothing turns me off a blog faster than when the creator starts harping on about the blogging process, commenters or stats. It's a bit like peeking behind the curtain at a magic show and having all the illusions spoiled. But peeps I've been blogging for almost a year and I think I'm having a mid-blog crisis.
I was trawling the web and stumbled across a blog post discussing kitchen sponges. Now I really am a firm believer that you can write about absolutely any topic and make it interesting as long as you approach it with a little flair. But this post about sponges was completely (pardon the pun) dry - there was no irony, no wit, just a completely bland, long winded and for the most part poorly written instructional piece on how to keep your kitchen hygienic. And there were 60 comments. I'm lucky to even get 6 comments on a post. I'm beginning to wonder if my next post should be about how I clean the toilet.
Anyone who tells you they just blog for themselves is lying. I mean if it really was just for yourself you wouldn't put it up online would you? You'd write a private diary and hide it under your mattress or at the back of the freezer. You're writing a blog because you want other people to read it, and like it. But here's the thing, there are hundreds of thousands of other people also writing a blog who also want people to read it. So even if your blog is amazing it's more than likely nobody will ever find it among the vast sea of other blogs.
And here is where I'm at right now. What is the point? I'm basically a billboard in the middle of the desert blogging to no one. The content could be life changing but if there is no one but a lone lizard to see it I may as well have kept it to myself. If I'm honest about it, I want someone to come along and read my blog and be wowed and offer me a book deal, sponsorship, a freebie to review, some commission work, hell I'd even take a meaningless online blog award. But chances of any of that happening are slim to none. So perhaps I should just pop to the shops and buy myself a spiral bound journal because then it won't ever have to be faced with the depressing and glaring reality of '0 comments'.
P.S. I just read this back to myself and it sounds like a desperate plea for comments to bolster my fragile ego - uurk - please don't comment! The desert billboard will likely return to normal posting tomorrow. I'm off to eat a TimTam.