I think it’s fair to say that most of us bloggers can get a bit stat-obsessed. I recently read this incredible post by the lovely Sally that runs Meet Other Mums. (If you haven’t heard of it please pop by. It’s a brilliant site that helps mums find their own mum friends and we all know how much we need those!) It also includes a cracking blog which features some of the best writers in Blogland. Sally has noticed a sharp rise in bloggers losing that blogging feeling (as my lovely friend Gemma of Colley’s Wobbles describes so perfectly), and she isn’t the only one…
The Stat Race.
So, I’m churning out the rhymes across the social media scenes.
I’m now a “Proper Blogger”?
I’m just not sure what it means!
I thought I’d found an outlet for the nonsense in my head,
But ended up with just another unpaid job instead?
It’s not what I signed up to – I just thought I’d write some stuff?
And sometimes if I’m honest, I confess, I’ve had enough.
It’s such a huge commitment, though I do it of free will.
I’m spinning all the plates like pushing water up a hill.
It’s all about the rankings and delivering the stats,
I’m trying to “find my voice” but I’ve had more luck herding cats!
It’s all a maze of SEO, DA, PA and Klout.
There’s always something new each time I suss the last thing out.
I’m not the best at Yoasting and my green light’s often errant.
I flaunt a range of swear words like a flagrant brand-repellent.
I’m trying to run the race with an anonymous pace setter:
“Whatever you’re producing do it more and do it better!“
I question every blog post:
Is it funny?
Should it rhyme?
My hefty blog to-do list overwhelms my lack of time.
My housework’s been neglected in a fit of relegations.
And re-prioritising in the name of “Blogligations“.
To dominate the universe with Hootsuite and WordPress.
I don’t know why I care or who I’m trying to impress?
But I puff my chest with pride at my apparent “global reach.”
Despite the fact that truth be told there’s just one view from each…
My dreams of going viral have now woken up and gone.
I no longer hit publish thinking “This could be The One!”
My mojo’s eating ice-cream while it has a little snooze.
Exhausted from it’s quest to find organic, fresh page views.
(To all you mega bloggers this in no is way a dig.
I’ve total admiration for your talent at this gig!)
But the shadow of perfection sucks the joy out of my soul.
I’m swept up in the need to chase down some elusive goal.
To me you see the techie stuff is nothing but a farce,
And frankly I don’t know my bloggy elbow from my arse!
It’s like I’m treading water in a sea of blogging tricks.
I want to take it back to where at first I got my kicks.
I’m not sure where I’m heading? What I’m trying to achieve?
But 2 years in there’s still one thing I really do believe.
The awesome blog community‘s the greatest place on Earth.
The blogmin’s validated by it’s incredible worth.
The virtual cake, still gives me all the warm and fuzzy feels.
Each single like or follow holds the greatest of appeals.
I couldn’t give a toot now if my SEO is red.
I want to blog the random things that swim around my head.
I want to keep on reading and to share your stories too.
I want to feel like blogging’s still the greatest thing to do.
I know that In the scheme of things my following is small.
But that to me is perfect as I bloody love you all!
Each reader who pops by here is MY cause for celebration.
That’s all that really matters now.
I’m done with blogligation!
If you’re feeling the love for this post might I also suggest this absolute show stopper by The Squirmy Popple: A Bloggers Guide To How Not To Give a Shit About SEO. It had me doing a one person Mexican wave in my kitchen as I read!
All together now… “Say NO! S.E.O!”