I think a lot can be changed just by looking at something from a different angle.
A friend mentioned that this blog has been quiet a while. Yeah, I told him, I've been working on Life Nomadic. That's part of it, but it's not everything. Sometimes I'm struck with inspiration and can't wait to get a post out. Sometimes, like a kid running across the lawn, I just want to write for the sake of writing and I crank out three or four posts.
But sometimes it feels like an obligation. Something that I should do, or something that I have to do.
I'm a nomad. The closest thing I have to a permanent home is a tiny little RV. Or is it? Maybe it's the internet. I have far more files stored online than I have physical possessions. My mail gets delivered there, I earn my money there, and I talk to my friends there more than anywhere else.
If the internet is my home, then this site is my front door. And every day 1600+ people come to my front door to hear what I have to say. Eleven hundred (RSS) have made dropping by my house part of their daily routine. Another five hundred stop by for some reason or another.
Man, what an honor that is. It's easy to forget that each of those people is a real person who has made a conscious decision to come here. It's easy to compare my traffic stats to the most popular blogs and feel insignificant.
How would I feel if 1600 people came to my front door every day, interested in taking the time to hear whatever I had to say that day? It wouldn't feel like an obligation, it would feel like a privilege. Next time I don't feel like writing a post, that's what I'll think about.
And what profound gem to I have to share today? A video of the shop girl at Kate Spade in Caesar's Palace giving me a ride on their ladder.
Ah inspirational. Next time I feel unhappy about my supposedly abysmal statistics I'll just remember that the figure's wayy more than the number of people who I'd talk to in a day... what more visit my home.
Oh and the ladder thing's kinda lame. But at least the shop girl's cute :D
I'm actually really curious how you persuaded her to do that. How the hell?! Was the store really quiet?
It's good to see a refreshing view like this on the role a blogger serves in keeping around readers. You don't have to post often, just post well.
And Tynan, you do that well.
Great point Tynan. When gains are slow and incremental (like blog readers) it's sometimes hard to really get perspective and see how far you've come. Thanks for the reminder of how far I've gotten. Best post of the day!
Ditto to Philip.
Your words are an inspiration - the fact you say you can force yourself to sit and write is a great contrast to how I view doing work. I don't think I could force myself to write anything worthwhile. It would be mostly fluff if so. Perhaps you have a lot more to say ;)
I really like the comparison of people visiting your site to your house. I have been visiting your front door for awhile now, and I always like to hear what you have to say. I don't know about others, but I come here to hear about your life and views. They are always entertaining. It shouldn't be forced or else it won't be as good.
I hope you post only as much as you feel you want to.
There's been a lot of chatter on the comments recently about me not following through, most of it deserved. Throughout my life one of my struggles has been to focus on one thing and follow it through. I used to be totally incapable of it, but over the years have gotten better. There are a lot of things that I have followed through with (my diet, writing this blog, etc.) as well as plenty that I haven't.
Once in a while I feel, for whatever reason, that I've conquered it, and I announce it to the world. While I'm on the topic of admitting faults, another is that I tend to prematurely announce things sometimes. As a reader, you already know that.
I understand your frustration when you read about something I say I'm going to do, get excited about seeing it happen, and then it falls off the radar. If it's any consolation, I'm acutely aware of these things and am similarly frustrated.
This time last year I was writing an article a day, and kept it up for 4 months before I let it fade away. But I was writing on one topic, and targeting a specific audience. I couldn't sustain it. This year, I'm doing it again. I seem to be writing an article a day - or more - and I'm writing on multiple topics, and I'm writing for me.
I'm not targeting a specific audience, I'm just writing what I feel like writing, when I feel like writing it.
Right now I'm in the toilet. Hey, some people read books, I just happen to be writing.
Don't worry, I'll wash my hands.
This feels a lot more comfortable for me. The writing, I mean.