How much do you care about your blog ?
I mean really care. A while ago I was talking to a friend about mine and I realised that I actually feel quite maternal towards it.
And no, this isn’t some strange side effect of my son growing up. If that was the case my cats would probably be dressed in baby clothes.
FYI they’re not.
I like my arms the way they are ie not covered in scratches.
My friend thought I should’ve been offended as I showed him a very negative review that had been done about it on another blog, I had submitted it for a dare as this particular site is well known for ripping it out of other blogs. He said if he had put work into something that someone else then slated he wouldn’t be happy and he couldn’t understand why I wasn’t bothered.
I only showed him because I found it funny and the silly twat got all defensive of me. Bless.
I said it’s all rather subjective, I’ve seen plenty of blogs that I don’t like. Nothing particularly bad about them, they just didn't interest me, and I never really thought anyone other then the few personal friends who know about it would read mine but here I am with my very own flock.
Just call me Bo-Peep.
Nah, scrap that - she lost hers.
If any of my followers leave me I will hunt them down like a motherfucker.
But it was talking about that, and the fact that my words are now read by people all over the world and how pleased I am about that, that led me to realise that my blog is in fact my baby.
If I don’t post for a few days does that make me guilty of neglect ?
And if there are other bloggers who feel the same about theirs maybe it’s time we had Blog Protection Laws - what constitutes blog abuse ? Can you bully a blog ?
Is making a back up of your blog like getting your kid inoculated against mumps and measles ?
And will my blog eventually grow up, develop a mind of it’s own and fuck off and leave me.
Every once in a while there seems to be a rash of people posting that they are having problems with gadgets and commenting ( although usually when blogger are making changes) I guess like all babies our blogs can get sick. But there's no need to be getting all panicky and bothered, it’s the same in any playground when a virus goes round, everyone gets sick sooner or later.
And Dr Google always finds a cure.
I like the fact that the people who follow my blog did so because they read it and wanted to see more. But I can understand that it must be quite disheartening to think that of all the many millions of people who now belong to blogger there is nobody who wants to read yours.
I suppose it depends why you blog really.
And the size of your ego.
I’ve never had a problem with self confidence, and I don’t need the approval of other people to validate myself. Of course it’s nice to be appreciated but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if no-one liked my baby. As long as Mummy loves you you’re ok.
But I guess the blogs with no followers are the internet equivalent of the kid with nits and a snotty nose that nobody wants to play with.
There are a few I follow that have readers in the thousands, that takes some doing - and talent.
Well unless you want to fill your page with porn pics. Yeah those blogs (which I stumbled on purely by *ahem* accident) often have tens of thousands of followers. And no doubt just as many anonymous ones.
I’d never do that - it’d be like sexually abusing it.
And the other thing about followers is that like a lot of people I would rather have just a few that actually read it, left an occasional comment and participated then thousands that are just pictures on the sidebar. Sometimes a new one appears, leaves a comment with a URL inviting me (a middle aged sarcastic bitch) to follow their blog that's about either computer games or being a "mommy" (they clearly never read my posts about Son). Or my pet hate, endless pictures of idiots falling off skateboards/writing on drunk people/dribbling babies, all stolen from other sites and music videos from bands I have never heard of, but no actual written content although they do have 25 adsense banners.
And when I don't follow back they pretty soon remove themselves from my list.
Good. Fuck off and don't come back.
My precious child does not want to play computer games and be influenced by the 'special' kids.
Given that it’s the product of my grey matter it’s got enough to contend with.
The blogger awards are nice too. I appreciate the ones I’ve received, but it got a bit silly for a while - there were a few that seemed to be going around given with instructions to pass to 4587 other people. Great. But then I realised that if everyone had one they lost their value.
When I first got some I was very pleased indeed.
Now it’s like attending the end of term presentation, swelling with pride because your child’s won an award only to find that every kid got the same certificate.
But anyway, my baby has been backed up and protected.
And now I realise how much it means to me I’ll smash your face in if you hurt it.