We have a lot of smart readers here; maybe somebody can tell me what’s going on.
What the Hell is going on???
I subscribe to a lot of blogs because I’m trying to learn more about blogging. From people who do it well (to do more of what they do) and from the others, too (to do less of what they do). Nothing wrong with that, but occasionally I’ll find one that is extremely popular.
Several blogs I have been following – on WordPress specifically – have amassed either 3,000 or 5,000 or even 10,000 followers.
If somebody is doing that, I need to read them. They are doing something right.
It may or may not necessarily be something that I as an author need, but as far as marketing and building a base, there are probably some things I could learn from folks like that!
So I followed them.
I commented on them.
I liked them! They were good!
And they left!
These people were witty and charming and unique. That, to me, is the essence of why you want to do this in the first place. Whether it’s blogging to just blog and connect with people, or blogging to build a base for your books as an author, or whatever, uniqueness to me has always been important.
And what did I find?
Honestly, two big bloggers in the last 30 days have said, “I’m going to go in a different direction… I’m taking some time off while I figure that out… I’m going to change what I’m doing…”
How am I supposed to learn from them if they stop posting?
Did they not think about that before they took these drastic actions???
The first time I read that type of announcement in a blog, I thought they were being self-destructive. Too much unexpected success, feeling pressure to stay on top, to add followers, to get higher and higher views each week… Who knows? Success can be scary if you feel you’re out there all by yourself winging it.
The second time I read that type of announcement in a blog, I thought wait a minute. Is this a pattern?
The second one went in-depth about how she would have more freedom and fewer restrictions on her new site… I ge that. WP is kinda clunky sometimes.
“Life of Moi,” if you must know. She says she’s keeping a WP dot org domaine, so here’s that. She’ll keep access to her stockpile of prior blogs that way, among other things.
And somewhere in there I got the impression that maybe she also thought she could generate revenue. That’s just me, not anything she said necessarily.
Now, those of you who know me, you know I am all about the Benjamins. If you can make money off something, do it! I’ll back you hundred percent even if it’s not strictly legal. Probably.
So that brings me to this question.
WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?
Why would you work hard to get 3,000 or 5,000 or 10,000 blog followers on WordPress and then decide to scrap it and jump ship and…
What are they doing? Are they going somewhere and just figure “I’ll just transfer the WordPress people over there and host my own and sell ads and make money”?
If so, I’m all for it!
The problem is, the two blogs that I’ve seen do this in the last 30 days, are both on like hiatus while they’re doing it.
That, I totally don’t get.
What I would do is run this blog and tell you, “Hey don’t forget I’m gonna be over at this new place!” Transition, transition, transition.
Or I’d post the first part of the a great blog here and say, “If you want to read the rest go to my NEW blog site! Subscribe there and I’ll give you a free something or other.”
So what am I missing, folks? What’s going on?
What is their big incentive to do this?
Has the train left the station without me?
Should I be on the train?
Is everyone going?
Will there be drinks?
Or is it self destruction? I honestly have no clue. No idea. Fill me in.
We have lots of smart people here; maybe you have the answer. And when I know, you’ll all know. I’ll tell you what we find out. And just in case you’re wondering, NO, I’m not going anywhere.
But if I did, I’d be telling you BIG TIME because I’d want you to come with me.
So? What are YOUR thoughts on all this possible mass migration?
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.