I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, blogging is hard (for me anyway).  I’ve read a lot of articles about blogging and how hard it is to make a living as a blogger and all the tips and tricks and guidelines to make it work.  I don’t worry about it too much because honestly I didn’t ever hope that I’d be able to quit my day job because of this blog.

I follow a lot of different blogs, and I was recently noticing that one blog in particular – not going to name names – has not posted a single thing this whole year (which is particularly annoying because there is no RSS feed so I have to manually go check the site for new posts). Looking a little further I saw that there were only 3 posts in 2008, 5 in 2007, 4 in 2006, 8 in 2005 and 18 in 2004. In 2003 there were 34 posts, which is a more “acceptable” level of posts by blogging standards, but even that many is less than 1 per week and that was over 5 years ago! The blog in question is still considered to be pretty popular and even scored the owner a book deal and corresponding book tour. So how is it that a blog with such a shoddy track record became so popular?  My guess is that it’s just plain dumb luck.  Someone in the right place at the right time by pure coincidence.  I was watching an interview with a software developer recently where attributing his success he says he “stumbled into a big steaming pile of gold”. I think that sums it up nicely.

I know there are bloggers out there that really work at what they do, and there are also those who really work at it AND have a bit of luck to kick them up the ranks.  Then there’s me, who doesn’t really do either of those. But I’ve got the making a few sporadic posts per year part down, so I’m ready for the dumb luck and a book deal part. Who am I kidding, I don’t have enough to say to fill up a book. At least there’s no pressure on me to blog more often.

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2 Responses to “Popularity”

Mom August 1st, 2009 at 8:27 am

I love your new post, Ryan! But who is the blogger who got the book deal??

I love everything you write, Ryan, and I think that you could and should write a book, that’s for sure!!

Shelly Bishop March 20th, 2010 at 12:38 am

I have been enjoying these posts on your blog! You do quite well with words…a writer in the works. I think you should look into writing a book. You sure have the knack and the word knowledge! You’d definitely have the fans too! A book signing would be terrific! Go for it!

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