Troublingly Popular

Hey.

If we were having a coffee this week, I’d be telling you that it’s been an interesting week for this blog.

In Blogging Advice From An Unsuccessful Blogger, I wrote about how I made an effort to reach more people at the start of this year, and how I’d got some results.

It had kind of been in the back of my mind for a while because I see people with oodles of likes on their posts and I wouldn’t mind a few more.  Again, I was trying not to get hung up on it, I was just interested in seeing what came of it.

I share my posts all over the place, but not on Facebook or my “personal / non-blog” Twitter account.  I did, however, set up a Bloglovin’ account, rekindled the idea of Instagram and had a dabble with Pinterest.  You may also have noticed that you can subscribe by e-mail if you scroll far enough.

Something else I did, though, was post in Reddit.  Now, I actually find Reddit a little bit confusing.  Five months ago I got banned from the Feminism sub-reddit for submitting Should I Be A Feminist? because, presumably, you’re only supposed to post things in there that support the cause rather than question it.

So on Wednesday I submitted Love, Lust, Grand Romantic Gestures and a Creative Muse to Reddit and I got a handful of referrals from there – woohoo! I was so proud.  I mean that genuinely too.  That post was also quite successful (for me) on The Daily Post and I ended the day with my first 100+ page views for a day and first 50+ visitors for a day.

Inspired, and keen to see what else I could do, I submitted possibly my favourite post My Blue And Your Lobster : Gaslighting to Reddit in a sub-reddit about narcissism.  It took off!  By 16.00 it had had 85 views on its own and I was already at 53 visitors (showing how the “Trending Posts” widget can work) and I had posted nothing yet.  It broke the 100 view mark at 16.38.  It had 262 views by the end of the day.

Some of you may be sat behind your screens scoffing at those numbers, but for someone who hasn’t had them before, it was a strange feeling.  I wasn’t sure I entirely liked it.  My real time Google Analytics graph usually has a few lines on it every now and again, but for a period it was all over the place with visitors from US to Hungary and India to Latvia.  It felt a little bit out of control and one stage I was nearly thinking “make it stop”!

I’ve heard musicians and authors and actors say how they get nervous about releasing the fruits of their labours to the world.  For the first time, I felt nervous and open to criticism.  It was an interesting lesson to learn about just what we share and our confidence in it.

That was highlighted all the more when the author of an article I wrote about in The Carefree Days Of Youth appears to have commented on the post.  I have no reason to believe it wasn’t him.  He spelt his name correctly, I didn’t.

Also this week came my 750th post.  That sounds impressive, but I’m probably only actually proud of maybe 100 or so.  The 750th was on of the ones I was pleased with – Pollocks To Epigenetics : See It, Want It, Take It, Have It.  Don’t let the title put you off.  It contains biology, a horror story, mating prairie voles, Noel Edmonds and me desperately wanting to make things better.

Most of the week has otherwise been dominated by work, and not in a positive way.  I didn’t sleep last night because I was so wound up by what I see as poor management and poor leadership.  It’s people being stubborn and believing that everything they do is right and, more importantly, everything everyone else does is wrong.  It annoys me because I believe that one of the greatest virtues is being able to change your mind.  It makes them not very popular with me.

What else have I blogged about this week? Well I started with my ice skating lessons and why they were great because of who I did them with.  There was getting in to trouble for snapping a pencil.  You might enjoy Fate, Destiny and Quantum Handcuffs in which I wrote about quantum mechanics and the Law of Attraction.  I wrote a review of a shaver and what I’m going to do this year which I haven’t done since I was a kid.  I also congratulated Instagram, and I might even need to do it again.

Popular, I know about popular
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular, I know about popular
And all that you have to do is be true to you
That’s all you ever need to know

Popular by Mika

Comments 5

  1. Teaismyjam

    Wow! That’s pretty amazing. Congrats on all that. I hope to get some good follows and criticism too since i’m just startin out. Hopefully things go well. 😃

  2. I can really appreciate this. I have that “let me fly under the radar” feeling most of the time. When I realized I had an email follower with some type of untracable security set up it totally freaked me out lol then I realized it must be someone in a country who is not able to make to to my page all the time – my overall theme being Christianity. Lots to think about here. I have a lot more reads than likes, Google searches find me from near and far. I have not considered Reddit though I know it is wide read. – Wheels are spinning.

    • Michael

      Hey Laurie! Sorry, I’ve been a bit lax with comments of late! Reddit is interesting, but you have to pick your subreddit (group / category) well. I’ve had results out of not groups with a decent but not amazing following, with a fairly niche area.

      I’m still waiting for my first e-mail subscriber that isn’t me!

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