Hey… this isn’t a boo hoo or a woe is me — it’s just an honest to goodness appeal for advice.
I’ve been here for nearly a year, and I’ve written fairly prolifically, and I’d like to think that I’ve been a generous reader as well, trying to form friendships and be part of a community.
I’ve had my times where I don’t write as much, but then other times where I write so much it’s probably too much.
And yet I still receive incredibly scant response to my writing.
I mean, I count more than 3 responses as a good day (Friday Fictioneers excluded, as that is me participating in a particular community)
And yet I see others (and you know who you are and I think you’re wonderful, and if I’m jealous, I’m also happy for you) who seem to have almost overnight success, getting hundreds of responses after only a half dozen posts. I’ve now posted over 200 pieces, and like I said, it seems that other than for Friday Fictioneers, at BEST I have five or six people reading.
So, the question is, what am I doing or not doing that others (and I’m only comparing myself to those who write in a similar vein — I’m not doing the apples/oranges thing, darlings) are/aren’t.
What is the formula for success?
Because really, at the heart of this question is: am I just not interesting/good enough? I may find myself amusing, and certainly others have and do — but why does one blog attract hundreds of responses after only a couple of months, and I have to will myself to keep writing because HEY, IT’S GOTTA PICK UP EVENTUALLY, RIGHT?
Is it a matter of timing? Like being in the right place at the right time? How does that work?
Am I just not working hard enough?
Okay, so I’m really opening the floor, in hopes that I get more than two or three responses to this — I’d really like to keep writing, but I’ve got to consider whether it is worth the frustration or not. A writer needs an audience.
Do I keep writing, or do I just call this a failed experiment and move on to knitting doilies or something?