In pursuit of rubbishness …

My blog hasn’t gone viral, my blog barely has a runny nose and an imperceptibly mild rash at best, but there are bloggers out there, seemingly ordinary people that blog everyday things, just like me, yet every now and then something they say resonates with their readership and beyond, far beyond – when everything goes a little mental and interstellar.

In this blog which can be found here, Cheri looks at four bloggers, four everyday blogging people who at some point said something remarkable and extraordinary. Cheri sums up what happened to them in her opening paragraph:

You wake up one morning, check your phone, and spit out your coffee. You have thousands of likes on Facebook, hundreds of retweets, and an inbox that has exploded. Your little blog — which normally gets a dozen views per day and has an audience of exactly two, your spouse and mother — has been shared all over the internet, and that post you wrote last night, in your pajamas, has gone viral.

Twelve views would be a good day for me, a fist-pumpingly awesome blogging day in fact, and I have to reluctantly admit to frequently having that gorgeous ‘what-if’ indulgent thought where my imagination runs wild, imagining a parallel world where I wake up to a chirping phone, lit up like the BBC switchboard on comic relief day – a day where my blog goes interstellar.

As a kid I dreamt of scoring a goal at Wembley, as a teenager I was the singer in the band at Wembley (a different Wembley day to the football I hasten to add – even for my egocentric imagination, scoring the winning goal to win the FA Cup and also serenading 100,000 singing Hey Jude, all on the same day, is a little far-fetched). Nowadays I imagine writing a blog that sparks the imagination of people across the world, just like the four bloggers outlined in Cheri’s blog.

They’re all amazing stories of everyday tales from everyday folk. Their blogs haven’t made them rich, but they have made them visible. They all now have a voice, a raised platform, a heightened status, a metaphorical megaphone and a substantial audience which spreads right across their social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. They’ve made it!

But then you read their back-stories, and you realise that all isn’t rosy in the garden of blog superstardom. As ever, success seems to come at a price. Suddenly these people are having to deal with trolls – people that write nasty, spiteful, hurtful and personal insults, and in every case they felt a pressure to maintain their newly found and elevated levels of success. Your next blog can never be as good, such a feat can never be repeated and the truth is the only way forward is down. You have peaked. That’s it, you’ve done it now – pressure, anxiety, expectation – these appear to be the new norm, the consequences of your new found popularity.

Whereas me, I can carry on dreaming, hoping, aspiring, sitting cross-legged at the bottom of my hill staring balefully skywards. My blogs can easily get better, I don’t have to try very hard to make improvements, and that’s the beauty of being rubbish. It doesn’t take a lot to cheer me. Even one new follower perks me up, I’m ever so easily pleased down here in my valley of loneliness. Any shard of light – a comment, a like, a new follower – I lap them all up graciously and covet them.

It’s good down here in my sun-starved blog-valley where the light is obscured by the majestic peaks of successful others – great and worthy, epic bloggers.

I pity them, their future looks bleak up there in the bright sunlight, and the truth is it kind of feels OK down here, hidden amongst the gloom, being ever so slightly rubbish. Yes, I like it here.

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19 thoughts on “In pursuit of rubbishness …

  1. scarletpen28 says:

    It is interesting how some seemingly ordinary blogs take off and others simply don’t. One of the reasons behind this is how much time some folks spend networking. I have read posts that explain people spend hours and hours each day liking and commenting other posts, and networking with the bloggers who write them. I’m beginning to think that unless you have that huge amount of time to dedicate to a hobby (that usually doesn’t pay you much, if at all), then you are going to stay in the realms of “rubbish.”

    Like you, I’m okay with that! 🙂

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    • Andy says:

      It’s interesting how much emphasis Blogging 101 seem to place on ‘networking’? I’m thinking you might be right. It’s not something I’m at all comfortable with unless I find something that genuinely piques my interest.

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      • scarletpen28 says:

        There’s also this “follow for follow” business. I will only follow a blog I am genuinely interested in, not just because the person followed me. I wouldn’t want a bunch of meaningless followers who just clicked the button for no reason. If you’re not going to engage and connect, then what’s the point? I think we all blog to connect, at least to some degree, or we would just write personal journals that we stored in a drawer. I think a lot of blogs with serious followings may have some of the “follow to follow” stuff because you will see the average likes on some posts is about 100 even though they have 10,000 followers…not a very engaged group, right? I don’t know. Metrics are fun, but don’t tell the whole story!

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      • Sadagopan says:

        True. Networking has become the norm in everywhere. But I also feel it opened up the forum to look at lot of other people’s blog and find a blog that resonates with you. Searching them out there in google would have been a daunting task. This kind of funneled the blogs and increased the focus.

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  2. Sadagopan says:

    Andy, you must be a psychic. You read my mind. This is exactly what was going through my mind this week. I wasn’t even sure if any one will like my writing and I was keeping my circle small and harassing them everytime I post. Enrolling to Blogging 101 helped me connect with people and seeing some people like some of my posts (hope it was not a courtesy like ) , I feel there is always somebody who can relate to your posts.

    And I experienced what Cheri had mentioned only today. My blog had drawn 44 visits and 7 comments yesterday which otherwise usually struggles to get 5 visits, including returning visitors. You should have seen me entering the workplace today. I could hear BGM and all. I hope I never get to see the day you are talking about.

    A good post and I enjoyed reading it. Cheers!

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  3. Andy says:

    Scarletpen28 – Yep couldn’t agree more, and that’s a decision I have also taken. Initially the “Zak Bigfoot thinks your blog is awesome! Why don’t you follow him back!!??” comments were flattering but the novelty soon wore off.

    However it is nice to connect with real people with a shared interest. Good observations.

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    • Tania says:

      If someone likes or follows my blog, I’ll go and have a look at their last post. If I like it then I tend to follow their blog – I guess it’s a sort of follow for follow. I don’t like commenting for the sake of it, but will try to when something interests me.

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  4. lesley says:

    You will get there Andy. I have faith in you. You just have to keep writing. I have a NZ friend who is living in London at the moment and her blog started as freidns and family and is now huge as she writes very funny blogs about 1. every day life as an expat in London and 2. about travel. They are great! And yours are good – soon to be great – keep going.XXX

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  5. Juana says:

    Your post made me smile. I relate to your sense of being perked up with a new follower or a new comment, or any activity on your little, bitty blog.

    I’ve had one blog for a year and a half, and in that time, I’ve been able to connect ever-so-slowly with people who relate to what I write. The prospect of fame kind of scares me, to be honest, because then you have everyone looking at you with a microscope and never leaving you a moment’s peace (just look at the paparazzi, yuck).

    It would be great to have a platform, because, I do want to change the world, and my blog reflects that, I think. But, I don’t know if I’d know what to do if I had that platform.

    I like your writing style, and the look of your blog. I’m hopping over from the Blogging 101 Course. I’ve given you a follow. I’ll be looking forward to your posts from the little hidden valley. 🙂

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  6. Mallick says:

    I completely agree! I might not make it to the top of Mt. Epic Bloggers, but I actually enjoy it down here in the valley. There are a lot of nice people who like, follow, and leave thoughtful comments, which is encouraging and rewarding (definitely worth cherishing them like you do).

    I really enjoyed this post and your evocative imagery. Keep it up! Looking forward to the next one!

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