July 26, 2008
Originally published July 2, 2004
What makes people want to read a certain blog while they ignore others? I've asked myself that question numerous times and I still don't have an answer. I receive more visitors in one hour than many blogs get in a week and I don't understand why. Some of those people with no audience write better than I do.
Here is my theory:
*I blog a lot. I usually put several new things up every day. Yeah, freshness counts.
*I beard the lion. I don't fear controversy and I believe that I can back up what I have to say with facts. I don't care who I piss off. If you can't take a joke, fuck you.
*No other blog out there is like mine. I've never tried to copy anyone or pretend to be somebody I'm not. Yeah, individuality counts, too.
*I do it because I like doing it. That fact shows, too.
*I am a Blog-Pappy, many times over. My children are loyal to their daddy and I try to treat them well.
*I don't write about politics all the time. I don't post only snippets of the news. I write about what's on my mind RIGHT NOW. If I were a Jeopardy category, I would be "odds and ends." (or po-por-eee, if I knew how to spell that word.)
*I am literate and I write with style. Yeah, I'm proud of that fact.
*I've been doing it for a long time without burning out or quitting. This blog is a journal, and I've kept it up for almost three years now. Sam Clemens once said that everybody starts a journal at some time in their lives, but very few keep it up for more than a month. I've done better than that.
*I keep 'em guessing. Admit it. You never know WHAT you're going to see when you visit Gut Rumbles. If I wanted to be consistant, I... well, I don't know what I would do. Consistancy ain't my forte.
*You know it's ME here. A blog with no personality is no blog at all. Why do you think I get all those red toenail pictures via email? Wimmen KNOW I like 'em and they send them to me. They remain anonomyous but I have their feet on file. Bejus, but I love that!
*I'm just a wonderful person. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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