I have come to the realization that I live a boring life. This fact hit me the other day when I was reading my favorite blog, Hyperbole and a Half. (By the way, please go there and make her more famous, but be warned that she’s not afraid of “the f-word” – although I don’t think she’s used it as much lately.) The girl who writes that blog tells these stories from her life that are some of the most absolutely hilarious things I’ve ever read. She apparently also attracts enough visitors that she actually makes money off of her writing. Which boggles my mind.
So I thought to myself, maybe I should start writing about crazy stories from my life too. Then maybe, just maybe, I would be as popular as her and I too could make money from my blog. But then I realized… I don’t really have any crazy stories from my past. I have, in fact, lived a pretty boring life.
This puts me in a pretty unenviable position. See, nobody reads my blog. In fact, unless you are my mother or possibly my wife, you’re not even reading my blog. I believe my last post, which I felt was one of the best and funniest things I’ve written so far, has gotten a grand total of 5 views. That’s really not very many. And I’m not really sure what I could write about that would improve my visibility in the blogoverse.
Part of the problem, though, is that I have no idea how to promote myself or my blog. I don’t really know how to get the word out. It could be that I really am writing spectacular stuff. It’s just that nobody knows about it, because I’m kind of off in my own little corner of the internet, quietly doing my thing.
I wonder what popular bloggers do to promote their work? Do they spend a lot of time commenting on other people’s blogs and linking back to their own? Do they spend time on message boards and chat rooms and stuff, telling people all about all the great blog posts they write? Or do they just have lots of friends who read it and then the friends tell their friends, who tell their friends, and so on and so forth?
I certainly hope it’s not the first option. I simply don’t have the time or the energy to shamelessly promote myself in that fashion. I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with internet forums in the past, as well. I tend to have pretty thin skin when it comes to harsh criticism, and the internet can be a really harsh place indeed. Somebody once told me that I was an idiot just because I liked a certain character in a certain video game. And that’s pretty mild compared to some of the insults I’ve seen directed at other people, and for things just as meaningless.
Actually, that kind of makes me wonder if I really want this blog to be well known after all. I mean, I like (positive) attention, and I’d love to be able to make a living off of this blog, but I don’t know how well I’d handle it if people tore into me and called me naughty words for really trivial things, like not using a comma in the right place, or being a big fan of Final Fantasy XIII.
It’s not that I have a problem with criticism in general. If you, as a reader of this blog, have a legitimate problem with something I do, I want to know. I won’t promise that I’ll change it, but I will promise to take your suggestion seriously, and if I don’t want to implement it, I also promise to tell you exactly why. But I really don’t have a stomach for the sort of mindless flaming that goes on all over the internet. I almost think I’d rather continue to toil in obscurity as opposed to attracting the attention of trolls.
In any case, all this worrying about flaming trolls is probably just me trying to reassure myself that it’s okay that nobody reads my blog. After all, I still have no idea how to promote myself or my blog, and even if I did, I probably don’t have the time or the energy to commit myself to it anyway. I basically need to just be content with having my little blog and not worrying about whether anyone reads it or not. After all, the goal of life is not to become rich and famous. It is to live for the praise and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is something that the Lord has really been impressing upon me lately, this idea of being content with what I have. For example, in the past few days I have become obsessed (or more obsessed than usual, anyway) with the idea of getting a smartphone. All of my thoughts lately seem to be consumed with schemes involving coming up with $500 so I can buy a Samsung Focus. I find that I continually need to calm myself down and pray that I stop worrying and just enjoy the blessings I already have.
It is hard though. I keep thinking that if I had a real job that made real money, and I wasn’t just a stay-at-home dad, it would be easy for me to come up with $500 and get that wonderful little gadget with the 4″ Super AMOLED screen and the 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and the this, that, and the other thing. But I know that God has put me here for a reason. And I know that I am doing exactly what God wants me to do with my life. And I know that if he wants me to own a Samsung Focus, then I will own a Samsung Focus. And if he doesn’t want me to own one, I won’t. And that is okay.
So in conclusion, I am not famous, and I am (mostly) okay with that. Also, tell your friends about my blog!