If you post a blog on twitter, will anybody be around to read it

I’ll be honest, as I believe that’s the best approach, but every time I tweet anything I’m hoping to see a long stream of retweets.

Saying something that strikes a chord with people is arguably the best thing about twitter. Whether it’s funny, insightful, or just a furious rant, it’s good to see that people concur with your thoughts.

So, continuing with my honesty tact; every time I post a blog I hope for a huge reaction and a readership of millions.

It’s absurd, but it’s the childish hope that you’ll be discovered after doing very little work, and then be propelled to stardom that makes you try anything.

For a brief period, around 2010, anything I posted received a large volume of praise & a lot of readers. For a brief period I thought I could achieve my goal of being a football journalist. The praise obviously made me delirious.

I’m not sure when things changed though, but change it has. I get very few retweets, posts rarely get any kind of readership, and as a result the motivation to write has diminished.

It’s no bad thing, and the reasons for it are plentiful, but it seems everyone has a blog these days & rather than spread the word about others they focus on promoting their own.

This over saturation leads to people carefully selecting what they read. Nobody wants to read 18 strikingly similar pieces about their clubs new signing, for example.

There is also a lack of genuinely interesting stuff out there, and unless you’re an original thinker or very funny on a consistent basis, it’s not likely too many will read what you post.

It’s seen many great bloggers retire, some post rarely, and although the quality still remains, the passion and the drive appears to have gone.

I had my time in the spotlight, but like a tv soap actor who pursued his dream of being a pop star only to fail after one song, I just live in hope that people don’t realise it’s me serving them in Burger King.

3 thoughts on “If you post a blog on twitter, will anybody be around to read it

  1. Good piece. I’ve recently started blogging again but this time round my attitude is very different. I don’t expect much in the way of views or comments, I’m just doing it because I enjoy it.

    I think 2010/11 was the peak time for football blogs. My previous blog was started at that time and I did not too bad for visits to my blog, even though I now realise that some (most?) of my stuff wasn’t very good. I think that some of the more respected writers have moved into the mainstream media while others have given up and are now doing something else with their time.

    Agree completely about twitter – on my timeline I see far fewer links to blog posts now than I did 2-3 years ago.

  2. Too true. When it comes to football blogging Twitter seems to be a place where everyone is shouting and no-one is listening.

    @midfieldveteran Definately the best approach to it. Personally I’ve had a great time blogging and have connected with a small network of other like-minded bloggers. Who knows what the future holds, but practice makes perfect. I look at stuff I wrote a year ago and cringe, but that shows how far I’ve come.

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