I began this blog on July 18, 2012 because I felt I had something to say that may be of interest to someone else. I came a little late to social networking, or more correctly, it came late to me. I grew up in an era where social networking involved a pen and paper, but that is another story.
I do not have a Facebook account and although I do have a Twitter account, it died of starvation a long time ago. I am just not a “here I am world” kind of person. Friends are something I prefer to gain, not collect. When I opened my twitter account, within minutes I had someone wanting to follow me, and I hadn’t posted anything yet.
What I decided when I started this blog was, I don’t care how many people follow me. I care about how many people read me. So I didn’t throw myself out there into cyberspace, but instead chose to see how my blog would grow under it’s own power by people that discovered it and decided to come back. These are the people that count to me. They tell me when they like something and they leave comments of encouragement (or not). They do not follow me just because I followed them. I like to think I am a conscious choice instead of an implied obligation.
So how have I done. Well, I guess that would depend upon who you ask. I didn’t set any records, but the response has been consistent. This blog, oldmainer.wordpress.com has grown slowly to 69 posts that have generated 100 comments. Likes have been even more forthcoming.
This past February, I noticed that my poetry seemed to be attracting more attention then my narratives, so to test the theory, I started a new blog, poormanspoet.wordpress.com. It now contains 74 posts and I have had 94 comments, and the likes have been tremendous.
You might ask “what does all this mean”. Well, obviously, it means that I am not on the superhighway to literary stardom. Actually, it would appear I have not made it through the toll booth. But to me, it says that if you have something of interest to say that others want to read, they will find you. Over time, most have joined me either by word of mouth, or by accident. Either is fine with me. Like real friends, it doesn’t matter which ones show up. It is the ones that stay that count.
So although I appreciate the 55 people that are following oldmainer, and the 81 that follow poormanspoet, it is to those among you that actually read what I offer that I want to say thanks. To you that stroke my ego with your likes and comments I am very appreciative. Like Smith Barney, I want to “do it the old fashioned way. I want to earn it”.