half way to a 1000

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It seems like as good an opportunity as any to say thanks. i have reached 500 followers. So thanks, really. i’ve been blogging years now. This blog began as a dream interpretation blog, back when i couldn’t get Jung out my head. It never cut the mustard. i was doing it all wrong. But i had a sea change when i came to Jeju & i made some good choices by seeking out quality blogs & engaging, earnestly with their authors & revealing something about myself that way
i’d also like to take this opportunity to say though, that out of 500 people, there are only a handful of people i communicate with regularly, who have actually done more than just follow. It is odd to say, but this seems to be a natural result of blogging, an etiquette of sorts: wanting to intially show but not tell. Peculiar that.
So i’d like to say further that, it seems to me, as your blog grows, so the amount of people, like money: after a certain point, it self generates.
But i can’t help you if you don’t invest (i hate this money analogy, but it seems the most fitting). But i might, if you reveal something of who you are beyond what you want to say about yourself. i follow & communicate with a few bloggers who have never followed me back, but i’ve never felt they have to, they produce something i earnestly want to read, the quality of their output is enough. But ask yourself, is that enough for you?
i have followed people who have communicated with me directly, & because i liked how they responded to something, i ended up following their blog & understanding them in greater detail & more importantly, enjoying what they produce; because i had more context to build a picture of who they are.
Therefore, if i don’t follow you back it may be because i just don’t see myself being able to communicate anything positive about your product, because i am not interested in inspiration blogs (i don’t need any); nor am i interested in lifestyle blogs (i don’t think about it); nor am i interested in travel or food blogs; nor rashly jotted poems with all the articles taken out as if that brevity makes the poems better written.
i am interested in well crafted essays on literature, memory, art, politics, philosophy, i don’t mind personal essays, but they should be unexpected, literary. i am interested in art, because i can’t do it, but i want art that terrifies me, because of how unexpected it is, art that reproduces dimensions i have never seen. i am interested in photography that communicates more than a holiday or travel snap, i want a photographer who inhabits a landscape, not just a tourist. i am interested in music, especially the unconventional & uncompromising, i want music leaves me scraping up my jaw with a fish slice.
i know blogging is for all, that’s great, really. But there is still a hierarchy of quality; some people are still better at things than others. i believe that. i do believe that people can, by their own efforts become exceptionally adept at something without the aid of teachers, that is a true expert to me.
i may not be the best poet, but i never settle; i know myself to be my most austere critic, i know what i want. i am constantly revising & thinking how i can change the world into something a reader cannot anticipate. i have never settled for a blanket style, i write many different forms of poetry from observational & formal to fictional narrative in free verse.
i have written this at the risk of sounding like a snob (or stronger words are welcomed if you can give me a good reason why). However, quality is important to me, without it, i wouldn’t have tried to get better at what i do; furthermore, i don’t want to feel guilty for people perhaps thinking that this blogging malarkey is a tit for tat exchange, it isn’t. You can do what you do, but you can’t force an impression through a gesture, we are all different, with different expectations.
So thank you, truly, for following & liking, it means a lot. For those who have engaged with me, i hope i can continue to write something ample enough in quality to keep you coming back.



12 thoughts on “half way to a 1000

      1. It also helps to have honest followers,and I like to think that I have always been honest (critical and fair?) about what I liked and didn’t like. So I guess that is my way of thanking you for and honoring your work, by telling you as much truth as I can about it! 🙂

  1. My stats say I have 2,065 followers. I’m not saying that in the spirit of competition, but simply because it’s interesting to check from time to time. I haven’t checked for about three years. It compares to the 310 or so followers I have on Twitter, and it makes me wonder what these statistics actually mean. At one stage – I think it was when I checked and found that I had passed the 1,000 mark – that I reflected in the following vein: “If only all these people, who presumably want to read what I write, would click ‘Like’; if only all the people who click ‘Like’ would buy my books…” It doesn’t seem to work like that, however. But then, I don’t instantly click ‘Like’ on everyone else’s stuff, and I don’t buy that many books, so…

    Anyhow, I like my visits to your blog, and I enjoy what I find here. Well done on reaching the milestone. Keep growing.

    1. You too. Yes, I have a snobbish side. But in my defense i am not like Sir Henry Rawlinson who said “i dont know what i want but i want it now” i rather say “i don’t know what i want but i’ll know when i see it.”

  2. I follow for content, beauty, and uniqueness. I follow those I hope to learn from or being inspired by, in my quest to learn to write. Occasionally, I follow out of sheer curiosity ;-). I never expect a “follow back.” Congrats on halfway to 1,000!

    1. Thanks Bonnie. i always take a look at the blogs that follow me, i never ignore them, but i think it is unfair, somewhat, to follow when i don’t know if i’ll be able to give the blogger any attention. Between submitting to journals, writing, work & staying in touch with the small community i have regular conversations with, i just have to be realistic. i am pleased you see something of value here, means a lot.

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