I checked my blog statistics for the past couple weeks and saw that my readership has actually DECLINED (pretty dramatically, actually) since I started this Slice of Life Challenge.
So... um... maybe I'm not a very good writer after all. Maybe I should stick to sharing teaching tips and book reviews?
Welp, I've made a commitment, so you're stuck with my slices for a bit longer, people.
Sorry... I guess!
If it's any consolation, my blog was never really popular to start. Not long ago, I hosted a giveaway for a FREE UNIT, and not one person entered. I couldn't even give away my product! And it's a darn good product, if I say so myself!
I've also hosted linky parties where only one or two people will participate.
I'm like the kid at lunch no one wants to sit with! Bahahaha! I promise I'm laughing at myself about this because I don't feel this way IRL at all. Apparently, I'm much more appealing in person that online.
And speaking of linky parties, I'm participating in exactly ZERO this month because they don't count as slices, so I'm not drawing in new readers through any of those. Truth be told, I'm kinda okay with this part, though, because I think the linky parties can get a little out of control. There are SOOOO many, and I sometimes feel they take away from the authenticity of writing... but that's just my two cents.
As my student recently said (to a peer), "You're always trying to give us your two cents. Don't none of us want your money!"
The truth is, blogging is a lot of work. You have to commit to writing regularly, which means you're always looking for new topics. And I've learned that it definitely helps to have a focus, which I think (somewhat) explains part of the recent decline since my SOL posts have little to do with my teaching life.
Like anything else in life, the relationships really matter in the blogging world. You have to build relationships with your readers because people want to connect with you as a writer. They want to feel like they're on the journey with you, and this is why I like to reply to comments via email. The few people who have commented through this challenge have all been no-reply commenters, so I can't email them a response. That part makes me sad because I can tell I really like some of these people but don't have a good way to keep the conversation flowing! Because nothing is better than watching an online friendship blossom into a real life friendship. I've honestly met some of my favorite people through this little blog.
Blogging, for me, has brought out all of my insecurities. I feel like I'm back in middle school, not quite sure how to style my curly hair and terrified that my peers will spot the giant zit on the end of my nose. But it's also pushed me to put myself out there in ways I never thought I could. I guess this is why I can never really walk away for good. I take breaks from time to time, which is probably natural when you've been blogging for YEARS like me, but I always seem to come back to it.