For some reason I am thinking today about Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) doing a Homeric take off on Kermit the frog’s song ‘It’s Not Easy Being Orange’. It’s not easy to write post after post after post about just three words either. I really was so excited when I happened upon the idea, and I have in fact had a lot of fun with it at times. But honestly it’s come to feel a bit old to me and I have just about decided that I will soon no longer do every post as Just Three Words. Part of me is a little bit frightened of giving up a gimmick that has mostly worked well for me. And yet I fear I really am becoming a bit stale with the the three word gimmicks and I frankly feel as though I am reaching if not the end of my Just Three Words posts at the very least time for an extended vacation.
I actually really do try to be mindful of the people who read my posts and to provide at least some value in each post that I write. I’ve honestly never really though of myself as writing for any particular audience, though I do try hard to get to know people who read and comment on my posts. So much of what blog promotion really is ultimately boils down to reciprocity. If you visit other blogs and leave good comments and back links to your blog, you will very likely get visitors who will leave comments and back links to their blogs. The more you give, generally, the more you get.
I have been thinking about possibly going forward, probably after January 1st and the end of my blog every day challenge, beginning to feature a fairly steady stream of high quality curated content, probably for the most part from other blogs, presented in a way that is respectful and is not spammish. I know that I have at times been fairly critical of folks who re-purpose content rather than creating original content. I do think that alternating my original posts with publishing images, brief summaries and links to other people’s content might provide a richer experience for my readers while being more compliant with the simple fact that I have found that I truly am not up to writing an original post every single day. Part of me is embarrassed to admit how very much I have failed at the write and publish every day in 2012 meme I pledged this year. And I’m honestly not even sure that I will wait until January to begin experimenting with trickle down curated content.
And finally today, my sincerest thanks to my friend Craig Daniels who suggested today’s three words.