People like funny medical school interview storiesPosted: March 2, 2012
A few days ago one of my friends was struck with the ambition to revamp his blog. He listed me on his blogroll and I had a sudden bump in traffic. I wouldn’t even have noticed this, but someone commented on one of my posts and I had to log in to moderate it. My first legitimate comment (w00t!).
I haven’t updated this blog in months, for many reasons. For one thing, I certainly haven’t found my niche as a blogger (or any kind of writer, for that matter). I struggle believing that what I have to say should be important enough to be read by others. And for some reason I let myself think that that matters. I let myself think it would not be good if I produced gallons of content and not a single soul visited the site. Who cares?
For some reason I have. I have let myself believe three things about blogging that aren’t true.
- If I write, and others don’t read it (or worse yet, read it and dislike it…gasp!), it will be solid evidence that I am a failure at life.
- Blogging is for narcissistic assholes (this is largely, although not completely, true). I am not a narcissistic asshole (this is completely false). Ergo, I should not have the audacity to blog. The truth is, I don’t want to be, or perhaps more accurately, I don’t want to appear to be, narcissistic. But if I’m wasting thought pondering whether or not others will think I’m arrogant and self-aggrandizing, I’m proving them right without striking a single key. So again, who cares? Would I rather feed my insecurity or my egomania?
- Blogging ought to be productive. It ought to provide something other than catharsis and a creative outlet for the author.
I have more to say about this, which I’ll write in my next post. The point of this post is, I had some aspirations when I started this blog which are now long gone. I originally slapped some content up here that I hoped would be useful to others, which wasn’t inspiring or useful to me, so I temporarily abandoned the project. Outside events brought others and myself to this blog over the past few days. I took a look at my stats and saw that people have indeed been visiting over the past months, even though I hadn’t been writing. You want to know what brought them here? Searching for lolz. Not me…not even anything I wrote myself.
Check out the web searches that generated the most page views on my blog over the past month. See if you can detect the pattern.
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