I confessed in my last post that I didn’t always follow the rules of blogging. I must have hit a nerve with other bloggers because that was my highest viewed post since I began the NaBloPoMo journey.
I was totally shocked at the response. Well, not THAT shocked. I got a whopping 70 views that day, but that’s pretty good for my meager little blog. That response leads me to another confession and involves a rule I didnt mention yesterday.
Know your audience. All the great writers and filmmakers and authors and presenters make a point of knowing their audience. Know what they want to read, what they want to see, what they want to hear. So I guess that fact that I was shocked in the responses to my post leads me to one conclusion. I don’t have a clue what my audience likes!
This is not the first time I have been surprised. One of my most viewed posts is simply called The Old Brick House. Somebody looks at that simple story every week! I do not know why.
But my top post of all times, at least since I started blogging in May 2012, was called Can you stand just one more Moonflower update? It was posted on a Friday in January and received 204 views!
Why? I don’t know. Was there a huge snowstorm that day and everyone was trapped inside and wanted to read about something green and growing? Did cell phone service and cable TV crash that day, leaving only WordPress to occupy our time? Is there an unusually high percentage of gardeners in my viewing audience? Was it “feel sorry for Retired Ruth Day”? Maybe it was the scientific name for Moonflower that I used as a tag? Maybe it was the Neil Armstrong tag that attracted attention? Yeah, I know, it was a stretch… but hey… Neil Armstrong… first man to walk on the moon… Moonflowers growing on the patio. Yeah. It connected in my brain.
Nevertheless, I guess I just don’t know what readers are going to like. Some of my favorite, most well-written (in my opinion) posts just fizzled out and no one seemed interested.
For those of you who have made it through reading this far I will ask for your comments. Tell me about a time when you were surprised at your views, either in a good way or a bad way. And here are the links to my most viewed posts, in case you want to help me figure out why people are reading them…..