Oh, this is swell! I had to get 12 Likes on the bit of nonsense I published yesterday. Now I feel paralyzed, unable to write a post because I am certain readers will not like it as well. I can’t even think of anything to write about. Is this really because I got that many Likes? Or am I using that as a handy excuse because I have finally completely run out of brain? That sounds a little drastic. Let’s stick with talking about the Likes.
Full disclosure: I LOVE getting Likes. I am grateful for each and every one. My problem is, I can’t figure out what I did to get them so I can, you know, keep doing it. I’ll write a post that I think is quite clever, or very funny or maybe a little profound; it gets nada. I feel a tad bit embarrassed to hit Publish, I get a lot of Likes (for me; I know there are bloggers out there whose likes number in the 100s. One has to start somewhere).
I can just hear somebody saying, “Just don’t TRY so hard! Obviously people prefer your spontaneous utterances; they are more honest, more fresh, less labored and formal…”
Well, that is not the case. I NEVER try very hard when it comes to writing. I don’t have to. That’s why I love writing. Oh well, sometimes I make more effort than others. Sometimes I edit, change out a word, ponder the best way to put something, even, dare I say, polish a phrase. When I write something with a plot, of course I work even harder. But for the blog, I am more often than not composing at the keyboard, seeing what comes out of my fingers. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
And, dammit, why can’t I figure out why it works when it does?
I’ll open up the floor for suggestions. Comment, if you would like, and tell me what I do right when I do it right, where I go wrong at other times. Maybe I can learn something. Or maybe I’ll just keep typing, hitting publish, and wondering why I get Likes when I do.