You probably know him or her. That person who’s 100% punctual. Always on time. Never, ever late. No. Matter. What. In fact, they’re usually early. Eager beavers. Rarin’ to go.
So irritating, huh? Unless that person happens to be you.
I’m what Snuggle Bunny cheerfully dubs “pathologically early.” Can’t help it. I was raised with the adage:
“Being early is being on time. Being on time is being late. And being late is unacceptable.”
So if you want to get on my bad side (yes, underneath all this sunshine and cheer, I have one), be chronically late. All. The. Time. It’s a great way to win a one-way ticket right out the front door.
While working on this blog, however, I’ve learned that being pathologically early may be more bane than bane. Let me explain.
I just don’t have time to sit down and crank out a blog post every day or every other day. So I usually load up several weeks or months worth of material in advance and schedule them to auto-launch at a future date. I’m posted out till roughly the 12th of Never, if ya know what I mean. That way I can sorta hit “snooze” and let auto-post do its thing until it’s time to load up another round of pre-planned posts.
But I’ve been wondering lately: Is anyone listening?
Does it amaze you, as it sometimes amazes me, that some blog readerships are in the stratosphere while their content is … um… not? Why do some blogs that can barely cobble two coherent sentences together have readerships in the bazillions, while those who have something to say and know how to say it are barely a blip on the blogosphere radar?
Are you a blogger with something to say but struggling to find your voice and audience? Do you feel like you’re whistling in the wind? Like nobody’s listening? Do you wonder what super duper secret Bazillion Reader Bloggers know that you don’t?
Maybe you’ve studied up on all the great tips and techniques for building your blog and finding your voice. You’ve dotted all your I’s. Crossed all the Ts. Just like they say. In Field of Dreams lingo: You’ve “built it.” But they’re not coming.
If you’re reading this right now, I bet you get it. It’s frustrating, huh? Discouraging. You may wonder, “What am I doing wrong?”
Maybe blogging feels like a waste of time and effort. Why bother if no one’s interested? If your efforts are falling on deaf ears, what good are they? Maybe if you had more money to boost your posts? A bigger platform on alternate social media venues? A marketing whiz to help you distribute your story to the eagerly awaiting masses?
I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer. But I do understand the frustration and discouragement.
Truthfully, I’m kind of struggling to find my voice. Are you?
I’m working on that “pathologically early” thing for a few more weeks.
In the meantime, here are two suggestions:
- Leave a comment on this post or another one and I’ll return the favor on your blog (if you have one). Think of it as a two-fer. You get more interaction and engagement and so do I.
- I need your help. Tell me what you want to see more of on this blog. Recipes? Book reviews? Interesting places to see and visit on a budget? Personal narratives? How can I help you as you navigate blooming in mid-life?
Thanks for taking the time to weigh in. We got this.
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- Original Author: Nick Youngson