Don't stop writing on your old blogs!
Today I decided to go through my blogroll to see what's happened to everyone. Since it's the holidays my thought was, this is the time when people are apt to reach out and touch someone by writing on their blogs.
This is my last (and oldest blogsite) on Blogger. I made a lot of my online friends here some of whom I still see on social networks and such today. This is the only site where I still have a blogroll.
Old-fashioned blogs have pretty much gone obsolete in 2017. I know I haven't had time to look at what other people are reading when visiting their sites these days. I sometimes scan blogrolls when I run into them but mostly to see if I'm on them.
In the early days of blogging, we were being introduced to spaces and blog spots. We featured other bloggers (unknown popular authors) on our sites, handed out blogging awards, had blogrolls, and other tricks to get more traffic to our blogs. You remember those days if you're an older blogger.
As I went through my blogroll I was sad to remove several of my old friend's blogs. What was worse was the number of blogs still up that haven't been written on since 2015 or later. 2013 was the last prime year on Blogger that I blogged too so I understand the timeline. It was a good time to blog, get comments and make friends. So what happened?
The blog killer appears to be time itself. Once the blog world settled down and got serious "everyman blogs" lost readers because they had no lasting substance. Online friends are wonderful but you can't count on them to come read your posts and bring their friends if they aren't relevant. People want to read more than just hear about your day or look at your family photos anymore there's a big world out there.
A handful of popular blogs on my list got more popular. They made it because they had funny stories, real artwork, already large followings and daily posts. Some of them moved to better homes (different URL's) but I was happy to see some of them still around.
So what can we do with our old, lonely blogs? Bekkie In Wonderland is my oldest blog and in the same boat. I've written on it a long time and lost some of it to old failing coding and losing Windows Live Writer which I used for years.
As I moved my main blogs to Wordpress and new audiences I stopped writing on BIW and forgot about it. My comments, coming from old friends who also had Blogger blogs were sparse and I almost deleted it with the others but I couldn't.
I decided to give Bekkie In Wonderland another chance for readers. I updated and started writing on it again. I want to invite you to do the same. There is one good reason:
- the older the blog the better the place on the search engines
There is power in this. A brand new website takes time for the search engines to pick it up and then it will not be on the first page of said search. This is the only way people will find your site so it's super important. Even if you change the name of your site as long as it's at the old URL it will keep its place when doing a search for it.
If you aren't going to write about a certain subject anymore you can redo your site, even rename it. The only thing you can't do is change the URL and what does that matter if you are only blogging about normal things in your everyday life?
I ask you to reconsider. Don't stop writing on your old blogs, an occasional post keeps them alive and will keep your readers from jumping the sinking ship. Writers need to write and we need practice if anything. Write about the news, trends, things you like that are in the news or trending...I think you get my gist.
Of course, if you can't ride get off the horse. Everyone has a website these days but not everyone was meant to be a writer. Writing is more work than glory.
Some Good Quotes About Writing
—Allen Ginsberg, WD
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac, WD
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King, WD
“Beware of advice—even this.”
—Carl Sandburg, WD
“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”
—Ray Bradbury, WD
And this sums up what's happened to blogging and life in 2017.
“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.”
—John Updike, WD
Isn't that the truth? ~laughing~
I hope to visit some of the blogs I left on my blogroll and see some writing spawn again. Most of all, I hope to get a few readers back to my Wonderland because I still have a lot to talk about. This is where I can write about anything I want, unlike my other sites.