It seems earlier this week, May 22nd to be precise, was my second blog anniversary. Or blogiversary, as it is called. I have been doing this regularly for two years now. Yay, blog. Yay, my blog readers. Yay, me.
Most of all, yay the incredible fact that this has been going on for so long. I’m not commitment-phobic per se, but there are a few things for which I have a resignation letter in my pocket at all times, and this is one of them. Mainly because, I am not answerable to anyone but myself here. That is the pleasure of having a niche blog – you grow accustomed to being the Queen of your Queendom. With no courtiers breathing down your neck. Your subjects are well-fed, even complaisant to the quirks of your personality. Of course, things can get too comfortable sitting on this well-cushioned throne. You hear of wars in far-off places, lands prospering through naval ambitions, and suddenly, the quiet bliss you live in isn’t enough. Your royal attitude takes a 180 degree turn, and you decide to don your sword and shield and go to war against your ally, leading your army of soldiers who’d been sedentary all this time. Your boredom causes you to change, but your subjects don’t approve of it…
Now, I’m not sure whether there is a blogging equivalent to all that metaphor. And I’m not about to bring war anywhere near this safe, little domain of mine. I look back on the year that is gone, just as I had on my first anniversary. There is a lot of variety – six-word stories, poetry, book and film reviews, a podcast, a couple of Shakespeare readings and even a karaoke. Statistically, it is humble as ever, and I am still to blame for that on two counts: 1) lack of social media promotion and 2) lack of trying to make this blog more readable viz. write less dense paragraphs and sentences, enhance blog design etc.
Blogging can feel thankless sometimes. Most bloggers may feel it is inappropriate to admit it, but everyone one of us must have felt that our blogs deserve more readers than they get. And as a blog reader, I would say it is true. The content is there, otherwise you wouldn’t have the handful of readers you do. But, a blog isn’t all content. Think of it like a book. Would you pick up the tattered, A4, unbound manuscript of a must-read novel or its brand new, attractively designed and packaged hardback?
Also, I feel I have deviated too much from the Of-finess of this blog. I think I have lost readers, mainly because I haven’t been doing much of what I set out to do. I only presume, but my readership here solely, a 100%, consists of those who are interested in reading short, observational essays on universal topics. That’s it. Nothing too fancy-schmancy. Everything else I try are just indulgences, and mainly because I was advised not to start another blog for them.
I want to get back to basics. I edited my earlier essays here, but I remember there was a simplicity to them, mainly because I didn’t know anything about blogging to complicate them. One complication that has been bothering me for nearly a year is the book I’ve been working on that is based on this blog, but let’s not get into that. I hope it will see the light of day, but that’s all I can say about the matter. Here, I just want to feel excited about writing again. To have an idea, follow it through, and not think about it too much as I share it. Because, that is why I started this whole thing, you know? Not to make a brand, a thing, a business, whatever. But, just to share opinions.
However, thank you so much for putting up with all the quirks this past year. I’m grateful for every response you made, statistically or commentarily. Even queens get lonely, writing administrative documents in the comfort of their rooms. Sometimes, they even wish for an agitation in court, just to know if the people around them are listening at all to these reforms and bills they pass every other day. I almost wish I could pass my queendom to someone else. To make it better. More alive. But, editors charge way too much, and there’s not enough gold in the treasury at this moment. I’ll have to rely on the kindness of my readers for now.
What changes or improvements would you like to see on Of Opinions?