I admit it, I’m sick and my content today pretty much sucks. Sappy 70’s songs from am radio? Songs that I don’t even particularly like? Really? Yes, that’s what I came up with for today. So sorry.
My nose is stuffy, my throat is killing me, my hands are frozen, and my head is on fire. I’m feeling like poop. We’ve all been there, and it’s not a fun place to be. In between naps today I put up my horrible 70’s flashback in hopes that someone, anyone, would stop by to visit me. Few of you have. Sniff. I swear I’m not contagious over the internet!
This reminds me of a time back in the days when I was a candle lady. I did at home parties for one of those companies, and I really did love their products. I enjoyed doing the shows, meeting new people, and sharing decorating ideas. One year, as the holidays were nearing, I had some extra product and decided to do an Open House. I made up adorable flyers, I let all of my contacts know I was doing it, and I went around the neighborhood personally handing out the invitations. I set up a beautiful display in my living room, put out large signs in the neighborhood, and waited. And waited. And waited. Not one person showed up.
I felt like such a loser. That’s how I feel some days with this blog. Why don’t people stop by? Sometimes it happens on days when the content is a little iffy, like today, but other times I feel like I’ve written a whiz bang piece, and nobody takes the time to read it. Of course the flip side is true too. How many times have there been lots of visitors when there isn’t even anything new to read? Not that I want to discourage anyone from stopping by at any time. There’s plenty to sift through on the blog, and I imagine that I’m the only one who has actually read every post, so there should be something “new to you” even if there isn’t a new post.
So there you have it, my invitation to you to keep BulgingButtons in your bookmarks, and to stop by often. Please comment, good or bad, and I’ll do my best to get back to you quickly. Without readers like you, there isn’t much point to blogging.
January 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm
So long as you keep the candle in the window, people will see a light on and stop by. Just don’t let the candle go out 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm
Good advice, thanks! And thanks for stopping by. 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Feel better!! I missed you while you were away- glad you are back 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm
BB, I’m glad you’re back!! It’s natural to feel discouraged when it seems like no one is reading . . . but we’re out here! Love your energy. – Theresa
January 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm
Thanks for the encouraging words. 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm
I wish I could have all of my favorite blogs directly in my reader so that I can keep up. Try posting an email subscription link. I would love to see your post pop up in my email.
Hope you’re feeling better friend! 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm
Oh, that’s a good idea, I hadn’t thought of it (duh). Thanks, sweet friend!
January 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm
Thanks to your suggestion, the email follow option is now available. 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm
You’re most welcome 🙂 I’m going to subscribe now 🙂
January 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm
Oh that sucks– I’m sorry you’re feeling so awful 😦
I actually read your posts religiously, but I’m often reading on the fly — on the elevator between meetings, on the bus, etc. — which isn’t always conducive to writing comments.
I sell environmentally friendly cleaning products on the side, and I am well acquainted with what it feels like to knock yourself out for minimal return! I tried doing a trade show this year, and I think in the end the whole deal actually ended up COSTING me money. Sigh.
Take care and get well soon!
January 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Thanks for the encouragement and kind words. I know the world is full of good people, and I’m so lucky that so many of you stop by my little slice of the internet!
January 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm
There’s always a point to writing….for us (the author). I say, to a virtual contact of mine, that I write for me and not others. In fact, when I’m having a rough go I’m sure others don’t want to read much about it. Baha.
And for those who want blogs in one place, do you know about Bloglovin? 🙂
Glad to connect!
January 10, 2014 at 5:44 am
You’re right of course, I do a lot of writing for myself, but I do want to be read too. I need to learn more about Bloglovin. Thanks for the tip. 🙂
January 10, 2014 at 11:57 am
I use it (semi-often) to categorize all blogs I follow. It’s a great tool to keep them all in one place. 🙂
January 10, 2014 at 5:40 am
Please feel better soon and chase that cold-gremlin away. I felt the same like you, as I started my blog. I was alone like the spider in a cellar, no one read it and no one saw it ( I forgot to place tags and categories).
January 10, 2014 at 5:45 am
Oh, what a sad image of the spider in the cellar. I’m working on feeling better but I’m not there yet. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂
January 12, 2014 at 10:26 am
I hope you feel better now.
January 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm
I’m on the mend, thanks. 🙂
January 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm
Sorry you were feeling poorly; me too (also on the mend, had something similar). Sometimes one wonders when one writes a brilliant post where are all the readers….Yes, one does!
January 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
I suppose that’s just the nature of blogging.