The Joys of Blogging
I’ve been blogging for exactly three years now. It has been a very strange and time consuming experience. I was very naïve. I imagined I would put out my material and discover a small number of like-minded people who I could argue with, share views, befriend, laugh with, enjoy, discuss and debate.
I discovered that it doesn’t quite happen like that.
So what is my material?
Well, part of the reason I set up my blog was to provide a vehicle for promoting my books. So part of the content has been extracts from my many books. As a writer I enjoy writing and sharing my writing. The rest of the blog has been made up of my poetry, art, photography, and comment on current political, religious and social issues that I am interested in, people that have inspired me, books, travel, and Rock music – particularly lyrics – which is one of my great passions. I also feature humour and philosophy. So it is a varied fayre.
I tend to have some strong controversial views and a tendency not to hold back so I did expect some fiery exchanges. But that’s fine.
Somehow the book promotions got lost a little on the journey.
Well I did make some good new friends across the world and have greatly enjoyed the enriching interaction. I have now accrued 2140 followers on WordPress, 5000 facebook and 1500+ on twitter so I know there is an audience out there who must be getting something out of it. I get a good number of views and likes though very few comments. Most of my audience are amazingly quiet. It’s a bit like performing in a big theatre that is silent. I do find that a bit strange.
I have had some big fall-outs with people – mainly over Brexit, Trump, religion and immigration – which is par for the course. I was expecting that. I was also expecting to attract the odd fanatic, nutcase and unpleasant character – and I did.
I have been physically threatened, abused, personally belittled, arrogantly put down, told that I will be ‘sorted’, that kiddie porn has been put on my computer, that my bank details, paypal and other details have all been compromised, ridiculed and subjected to a barrage of unpleasantness. Sometimes rafts of obnoxious comments under different aliases. Honestly – what goes on in people’s heads? Some bullies really want to silence anybody who thinks differently to them.
FREE SPEECH – ONE EACH!!
I started with a policy of leaving all comments up on display. I worked on the principle that the obnoxious ones showed themselves up and that people could judge for themselves. I changed that. I took to deleting extreme nastiness because it was often directed at various commentators, as well as myself, and designed to upset and drive them away. Besides, I did not need all the negative vibes. Now I delete posts that have personal abuse or nastiness. I don’t mind disagreement or debate but disrespect is unnecessary in my view. We can surely disagree intelligently without unpleasantness, can’t we?
So these three years have been a mixed bag. Has it been worthwhile? Well I don’t know. Like all things there is the good and the bad. I have published 5423 posts in three years and am still blogging.
We’ll see how my fourth year of blogging goes.
Thank you to all my new friends and followers across the world. You make it worthwhile.
Don’t let the trolls win!
Thank you to all those of you who bought my books. You fill me with joy. Please leave a review on Amazon!
I look forward to interacting with you through my fourth year of blogging!! I wish you all the best!!