Yes, you can do that now. You can follow by blog with Bloglovin. Also, today I joined iBlog4.me – a blogging community, to hopefully get some – any – readers.
I don’t really like to wallow much in the state of my blog, but I can’t lie – it frustrates me that I post every day, comment frequently on other sites, and don’t get any readers myself. Obviously I can’t make people like or be interested in what I have to say, but the point is, we all have something to say, we are all reaching out for our own reasons, and everyone’s reasons matter – mine included.
I am a single mom. I don’t get out much. I have a very small group of friends that I spend time with – I mean VERY small, like three or four good friends that I like enough or am close enough with to just call and say “Hey, let’s hang” on the two nights per week that I am child free. The truth is, as lame as some “IRL” friends might see it, I spend a whole heck of a lot more time interacting online than I do out in the community I’ve never felt very comfortable in to begin with, and I am aching for new friends. Not even friends who live close by – I don’t care if you are across the country or the world – I just want people to talk to, people who like what I like and do what I do, people to laugh and share and chat with.
I know, I know. Here I am being lame and whiney and in my own opinion totally pathetic, but there it is. I am making an effort here, people!
The thing is though, I think I know where I am going wrong with this whole readership thing. I don’t have a niche. Yeah, I read a lot and write about books and I write about writing and post my fiction here – but I don’t have a book blog, and I don’t have a writing blog that spews tips and advice like the ones who get tons of followers, because that is just not how I operate. If I’m supposed to be true to myself, this is just what you get. I’m a mom, but not a mommyblogger. I’m a writer, but this is not a writing blog. It’s just me. It’s just the mishmash of things that I do and think and believe and want. And apparently I am not that interesting? I don’t know.
But I am making an effort. Has anyone else had this problem? Where you reach and reach and no one reaches back?