Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Telling the Truth Tuesday: Blog Focus
Now that I have a novel that will be published at some point (God willing), I've been thinking more about the blog and what to do with it. I know there have been many posts and discussions about blogging etiquette and how to get and keep followers. There are so many blog hops, all designed to find and meet new blogs. But I've never been comfortable trolling to find blogs and following someone just cause they followed me or vice versa.
I realize the internet is not like a newspaper, but I've always thought having a blog is kind of like being a columnist, the kind of columnist who writes about whatever strikes their fancy. Readers of the newspaper either enjoy the column and keep reading it, or they don't. The columnist doesn't do anything to find readers other than write what he wants to write.
Joining a blog hop, responding to comments, going to the commenter's blog and following back, whether or not I like what the blogger blogs about or not, just to be polite, well, it just doesn't feel authentic to me, and if nothing else, since I blog about my spiritual journey, I want to be authentic. I follow the blogs of several people who do not visit other blogs at all and still have many loyal followers who read and comment consistently on the blog.
So, I'm going to shift the paradigm of how I see my blog. I am going to continue to visit blogs of those whom I follow and whose blogs interest me and whom I've grown to care about. I will always respond to comments. I am so happy when someone takes the time to respond to a post. But I am not going to do anything to seek and find followers. I am going to be as real as I can be here with my posts and hope that those who enjoy this kind of thing will find me and stick around awhile.
One other thing. I think I'm going to lose the schedule of Monday Musings and Telling the Truth Tuesday. If I'm going to be as authentic as I can be, I need to post when I truly have something I think is worthwhile saying, not do it according to a schedule. I'm still pondering this one, so stay tuned....