The other day, right before the year changed, another author posted a comment on one of my posts. It did ‘work’ and draw me to the website. Some younger man seeming to have covered some terrain that hasn’t been the same for me. He wrote about working on his online presence and eventually becoming a financially successful blogger.
Now and Then
To be truthful, lately, I have started blogging again after a bit of a lapse. However, at the moment, when I review the stats, it seems that my best year was in 2012 during which time I was living in a village in Northern Germany in an apartment with my son. The little philosophy booklet Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them got published but the writing contracts I was getting via Internet facilitated connections with other real people flagged and so in terms of contract writing I had my worst year in over 9 years.
Yet that same year it seems more people read my blog posts. The thing is, despite supposedly having an analytical mind, I have no idea what I did that people preferred unless people have an evil joy in my misery.
Strange, mystical observation
While reviewing my WordPress blog statistics I discovered a bizarre coincidence. The peak number of ‘reads’ that were marked in one day at my blog is the number 499. Now, if and only if you have ever spent time in or around Syracuse, NY might you even notice that by some bizarre coincidence, there is one building downtown 499 (Such n such St. or Ave.) where the number is large, clear and up high, reaching above most of the downtown skyline.
The other day when I saw that 499 sticking up boldly in the midst of downtown Syracuse, I had such an eerie feeling that I reviewed my blog statistics only to find out that it was really true: 499 also = the highest volume of views at my blog so far…but the event occurred in 2012. During 2012 I never once set foot in downtown Syracuse, NY. Perhaps my mother or sister did, but I didn’t.
Perhaps you all just need to know that when I have authored something intending to sell it to people I did try to make something that would work well for both of us. You would be inspired, or caused to think, or entertained. You would not waste your money but might spend on what I have done for the same reason that you like to be paid when you work. I tried to harness creative energy and use it so that it could serve you rather than only serving me, but serving you-us rather than you-but-not-me or me-only.
Please help clue me in here folks, to what might really work.