Saturday Selects #23: The blogging community

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday of each month to discuss something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today’s topic is the blogging community.

I first thought of hosting my own reading challenge way back in January of LAST year. I saw how popular the PopSugar challenge had become and wanted to see what I could do with my own readers and followers. Maybe some would even want to participate, right? Well I completely forgot about the whole thing throughout most of 2015. I was more focused on building the blog up to its highest potential. I was quite a bit more successful in the first half of the year than in the second half. But eh, that’s how things go sometimes. But then just a few weeks ago I wrote down a list of 20 things and called it my 2016 challenge. But I didn’t tell a soul until I told my girlfriend about it less than a week ago. Then I wrote about it here. And THEN I told all of my coworkers about it. I mean, I do work in a bookstore.

And I’ve been overwhelmed with the response in just a few days. I honestly thought I could get anywhere from 5-50 people to participate. Sure I have over 3,000 followers, but a small number of them actually read my posts. Maybe it’s because I don’t follow their blogs or comment or I don’t even know. But it’s fine. This week I’ve seen a different side of the blogging community. I’ve had dozens of people tweet, post, or tell someone in some way about my 2016 challenge. Mostly bloggers. I’ve completely lost track of the number of people who’ve vowed to take part in my challenge. But I can tell you the number is in the hundreds.

Think about that. I’m just some guy who blogs about books. I don’t read as much as I should. I don’t write at all. But I’ve stayed true to my promise of posting everyday on here. Always something new. I’ll hit on topics multiple times, but I try my best to offer something new each and every day. But that’s everyone on here. Who isn’t trying to offer something new and different each time they post? But in the last week I’ve had people who have been reading my blog for many months do their part to get people to do my challenge, and I’ve had people I’ve never heard of do the same.

And you know what, I think that’s pretty awesome. So if you’re reading this and you’ve just recently started your blog or you’ve been blogging steadily for months now and haven’t seen much traffic, don’t worry. I’m certain there’s someone out there searching for the kind of posts YOU do. Just keep on posting. Because the blogging community will always find blogs with high quality content. And that’s all I’ve tried to produce in my nearly three years on WordPress.

All I can say is thank you. For reading. For reposting my challenge. For making blogging a nice part of my day-to-day routine. What’s your favorite aspect of the blogging community?

PS: You can find information about my 2016 reading challenge here.


On this day in 2015 I published 2014: What do I think of you?.

 

It’s Been Two Years

Two years of what? Two years of Write me a book, John!. And I’ve been fortunate enough to have nearly 3000 people hit follow, which isn’t that impressive since most of them read one post and never came back. That’s fine. But in the two years I’ve been doing this I’ve interacted with A LOT of people. People I agree with. People from other countries. People with similar interests. People two or three times my age. People with life experience. People I’d like to meet one day. And people like you.

I’ve had people attack me. I’ve had people tell me how rude I am. I’ve had people write posts all about something I said or wrote. I’ve had people cuss me out. I’ve had people get to know me and then proceed to call me names as soon as I say something they disagree with.

There are a number of individuals who I consider great friends of mine, and it’s only possible because I decided to start this blog two years ago. To every person who has ever come across my tiny piece of the internet, I thank you. And to those who haven’t yet stumbled upon my piece of cyberspace, I welcome you. But to all of you who have kept coming back week after week, I’m just getting started.

I can’t put into words how much fun I’ve had over the last two years, but I look forward to several more years to come.

PS: I didn’t record my first video yesterday because of some minor technical difficulties, but I’m all set now! It’s happening TODAY.

PPS: I’ve already received SEVEN guest posts, so you better get yours to me before I just go ahead with the ones I have.

PPPS: Today is the last day for you to vote on which book I read next from the Amazon list. It’s a close vote, so get to it! You can vote here.


On this day in 2014 I published First Year Blogging Anniversary and May Recap.