Time is precious.Waste it wisely

Clock-Face

Many of us are tempted to start a blog of our own since plenty of the blog platforms are available and many are free.

I have two questions.

Have a hearty laugh at these idiotic questions.

1. Have we at any time considered how many readers are worthy of our posts?

2. How many posts are worthy of our readers time?

There are more than 500 million blogs at this moment and it is said more than 4 million blog posts are published every day.

What is The reason to start our journey in the blogosphere?

What is the reason that motivates us to venture into the blogosphere?

Each person (which includes me) comes out with his/ her explanation.

But what is that we are eager to convey?

Who is willing to take our Gem (claimed by us) or Crap (described so by some readers)?

How we are so sure that our Gem πŸ’Ž is going to be helpful or Crap πŸ’© is sure to irritate the readers?

You may question, in turn, and say that what for those like button, Follow button, Comment buttons etc… are there? Probably these buttons can give some hints…..

Really?

Do you believe the statistics?

My friend likes and follows are nothing but a ‘feel-good factor. It’s your dopamine sadly.

What are the criteria by which we are satisfied?

  1. By the number of likes? ( In these days of Bots….you can imagine the sincerity ) or
  2. By the number of followers? ( some follow being polite may follow out of courtesy, some have ‘you follow-I follow policy‘….give & take, and of course- genuine followers, some follow with the hope …to be followed in return)
  3. By the number of comments? ( again one is aware of spamming, bots, or comments made just to grab attention….)
  4. By the money raised via advertisement? ( it depends on the blogger’s charm)
  5. By the sheer number of blogger awards that we are excited about? (anybody can award to anybody & you too can start a blogger award in your lovely name and can select your readers to bestow the award)

At any time did you think that most of our posts are not worthy of the reader’s valuable time?

Why?

Everything is available on the Internet!

Still, we want to blog……and expect and hope for more viewership and make some bucks if possible.

So what is that extra special stuff we/you are going to provide to our readers that is unavailable on the Internet?

This is a million-dollar question.

Many said they get that unexplainable but pleasurable ‘kick’ in despite knowing well that the ‘statistics’ page brings down the effect of this kick’.

And still, people read your blogs?

The trends are changing.

People have less patience these days and less tolerance for any gibberish.

Scrolling the blog article is the rule!!

Some said they stop reading the post if the scroll number exceeds three!

What actually happening in the blogosphere?

Don’t accuse me for this, but this is what happening.

Rarely do people read the entire blog (rare exceptions possible).

What is the truth?

This is the truth…whether you like it or not, you get less than 0.5% response from your known and unknown readers.

And readers first scan for any useful information your post may contain.

The shorter the blog post better the chances of being read.

Somewhere I read It should be less than 100 words!, forget about SEO requirements.

Many lamented that they have wasted their life by spending 24 hours a day throughout the year to prepare and post the articles with not much results and some felt that the statistics displayed is very very depressing!

Of course, we come across some extraordinary and successful bloggers with blog posts, that are worthy, read from top to bottom and genuine comments made. These blogs are rich in information, helpful to fellow bloggers, and popular. Unfortunately, they are a sort of ‘ A drop in the ocean ‘

What about Vlogging or podcasting?

My guess is the millennial to z generation prefers videos to blogs.

Live streams, YouTube, Instagram Snapchat and other platforms have become more popular due to visual content.

So do you feel the ‘written blog’ is being written off?

As it stands right now, I think written blogs are going to survive since it’s the simplest means to convey the author’s thoughts.

Not many watch videos if it’s more than 120 seconds, and we come across so many die-hard readers enjoying blog posts.

More and more younger generations wish to go for a written blog before venturing into video content.

This is what I heard from the younger generation.

Back to the original question- Am I / are we….worthy of your time?

No doubt time will tell.

Of course, I agree with you on this…but how many more years to get that modest figure of 10,000 follows?

But should I / We care?

Should I / We worry?

Should I /you /we wait till we reach our allotted expiry time?

You only can answer.

I / We don’t have an answer.

God bless you/us/me.

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Philo

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30 thoughts on “Time is precious.Waste it wisely

  1. Your post is definitely something one should give some thought to. I’ve been posting once a week since late 2014. I’m at the point where I am getting close to simply posting for myself. I rarely check my status. I get a few comments on each weekly post and I treasure those, although for the most part I suspect I am preaching to the choir, so probably my blog does little if any good. Again, an excellent post. Thank you.

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  2. I agree that written blogs will survive. There will always be people who prefer reading and writing to other ways of consuming or creating content. I’ve hit that 10,000 follower mark, and along the way, I’ve realized just how utterly meaningless the follower number is.

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    1. Let me first congratulate you for reaching almost 11,000 followers.
      Not an easy job these days.
      Your sheer hard work and quality content covering your professional topics+ helpful tips for blogging + books you deserve this achievement.
      I agree with you that there is not much of corresponding response in terms of the number of followers.
      I supsect people have no patience to comment though they enjoy reading the topic and get benefitted.
      Thank you Ashley.
      Have a great Sunday.

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  3. Some truly thought provoking work here, Philo. You have caused me to wonder if I am spending my time wisely on my own blog. Let’s just say that “Wise men lead, sometimes fools follow.” I might just be one of the latter. πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha
      John, your brought smiles with your quote.
      You are frank and down to earth.
      You are spending your time wisely on your blog by sharing those lovely clicks along with narration making easy for us, even encouraging fellow bloggers with your Cellpic Sunday photo challenges and also coming out with your brilliant themes for the Lens Artist photo challenge.
      You are indeed a wise man I am glad to benefit from your association.
      How is your Luminar Neo experience so far?

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      1. Thank you very much for the kind words, Philo.
        I was disappointed with the first release of Neo being truly not finished. I have since changed my mind with version 1.0.6.
        The new masking tool is awesome. I’ve only begun learning how to use it. I plan to make my photo challenge response by reworking some of my older images in Neo just for the learning experience.

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  4. Indeed, I read your whole post but skimmed many others tonight, wasting time before bed. I blog to share my photography, no point taking photos if they only sit on a hard-drive unseen. I hope they bring joy or knowledge to someone. Maybe the whole thing is pointless. I’ve learnt a lot from reading other blogs from around the world though, so I like to think there is a point. While likes, comments and follows aren’t everything, the do offer encouragement and perhaps validation to keep sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Tone Bacon for your thoughts and valuable input.

      I am hoping that I have not wasted your precious time with my post.

      I agree with you that photos from different parts of the world are sure to bring joy and we learn a lot about the experience of the photographer., be the technique or gear used etc.

      We also come across many non-photographic blogs of immense value.

      My topic is in general and about the time factor spent on reading the blogs and in particular about those who are obsessed with statistics draining their energy and time, some begging the other bloggers to follow them.

      I wished the newbies to be strong and carry-on blogging with the same passion when they entered the blogosphere.

      You are having such a lovely blog with a lot of information helpful to a person like me.

      Keep posting, my friend.

      Namaste πŸ™ πŸ™πŸ™

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      1. While I prefer to create rather than consume, blogging is inherently a two way street – like a conversation. I have found and noticed from other blogs, if you don’t interact with your viewers at least occasionally, they will often lose interest and thus your blog can lose momentum πŸ˜€ Have a great day!

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  5. Very good facts shared and something to think about going forward. My blog I guess started mainly for me and if I can reach readers that have been through a similar experience and can interact or experiencing the same life event as me then that is amazing. I needed an outlet and my blog is my outlet. Going to ponder on this one a while πŸ€” what can I do to make sure my blog is something with a wow-factor, making people feel engaged and that they arent wasting their time.

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    1. Thank you my friends for your lovely thoughts.
      Nothing like meet like minded people and sharing thoughts and exchanging views.
      One is lucky if one is able to find such a friend in blogosphere.
      And blogging is a way to let out our feelings!

      Like

  6. I write for me. I write to immortalize stories about my life. The stats definitely feel good but aren’t nearly as good as the feeling of finishing a blog and clicking β€œpublish”. Or knowing that perhaps someday my son may read them or my husband may re-read them if something ever happened to me.

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    1. Thank you my friend.
      Couldn’t agree more.
      You are Frank
      Calling a spade a spade.
      We all write to express ourselves.
      Somewhere at some time somebody who is like minded, may like or comment our journal.
      That’s more than enough.
      Haha
      You brought smiles when you said someday your son or husband may read your posts!πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  7. I really like this post. It made me consider the innate egotism of blogging, and at the same time I thought about the community that blogs can create and the network of friends and fellow travelers that I would like to meet. This blog was definitely worth the time I spent reading it πŸ˜‰

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  8. I think the purpose of bloggers should be more than just self-expression. What tasks will your blog solve in your own development? In terms of the goals of active creating and growth, any failure is simply impossible.

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