Wednesday, December 20, 2006

100 Million. Really?

I read yesterday that there are a 100 million blogs out there. That's a lot of fucking blogs, people. No wonder my comments section is dwindling in recent weeks; there are 99,999,999 other blogs you could be reading. Wait - are you reading them? What?!? I thought we had something special, Internet. Those other bloggers don't love you like I do!

This week I've been mulling over ways to increase my site traffic. Let's face it: I don't have a niche. I am not a Mommyblogger (and props to the Mommybloggers, because, God, I love you all). I am not an entertainment blogger. I am not a political blogger. Blog about sports? Nope. Won't find that here either.

I suppose then, you might categorize me as a "general interest" blogger. I contend that I am generally interesting, but when best friend Grace, featured often on the site, emails me every few weeks asking for the URL AGAIN, I begin to question my own blogging worth. We writers have fragile, fragile egos, you know.

I started a blog on Friendster many months ago, because I was itching to write. Well, in truth, I was already writing; I was itching for people to read what I wrote. I composed two incredibly weak entries, then threw out the whole idea. I wrote this: See "Beginning Blogger". Then I changed my mind.

I love this blog. I do. I love every single one of you who is reading this write now, even if you are extremely averse to commenting nicely (I am a comment-whore, damnit!). I love hitting the publish button after transcribing some inane story from my life, because it feels like I've accomplished something. I like to share. I am part narcissist, part aspiring novelist/newspaper columnist/editor-in-chief. The problem is - besides narcissist - I am not any of those things: yet. And the way to get there is to start writing and writing and then writing some more, and then getting published by others. You want to read my witty prose in print, don't you, adoring, extremely silent fan base? I thought so.

So I've decided that in lieu of merely increasing traffic here, I've got to quadruple my writing efforts on other fronts. I assure all five of you that I will keep up my blogging duties as best I can, because, as I said, I love you and all the blogging community and my own modest little webpage. Maybe I will publish rejection letters here as well! Could that be my new gimmick?

8 comments:

the_real_jc said...

your blog is the only one for me, hot stuff!

the_real_jc said...

although..... i do kind of like this one too.... i want to marry this chick....

http://fuelfriends.blogspot.com/

GoodTimes said...

well, I am an avid reader of your blog and love it! :)

and don't feel bad - my blog doesn't fall into any 'special interest' category either. but i prefer it that way...less pressure and no expectations...haha

the_real_jc said...

HV - its pretty cool how now when you open up this blog you made cobwebs appear in the corners of the page, dust-bowls float across the screen like in the old west, and those crickets chirp in the background. Thats really cool!

the_real_jc said...

Maybe you should call this blog "Queens is the New Place Where Things Go to Die."

Homevalley said...

Thank you both for your support! I'm never leaving again!

Anonymous said...

I can finally read it in work! i guess i could read it at home, but for some reason, i never get on my computer at home. i dont know why, H, i am going to be a faithful reader/commenter from now on!

Anonymous said...

By the way, its me, Allie...