Today’s Daily Prompt was:
Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.
This blog is supposed to be about writing, when I do write. Apologies to everyone who thought I walked off the face of the Earth since I haven’t written in almost a month. It’s just been one of those stretches where I’ve been writing C# / PHP and not English. Anyway, what did I find in my stats? My top three to five posts (not counting the first one, because it’s the home page) are about programming and software, not my emotional writing journey. There is one oddball quote in the mix about writing, so there is some hope I guess.
Why that trend? The only thing I can figure is that I’m offering knowledge and insight that isn’t paid for. Don’t get me wrong, there are unbiased software reviews out there. Thanks to search engine optimization, though, the highest ranking pages on a product are usually the company’s or someone else who has a vested interest in seeing the product succeed, like an affiliate.
As far as the programming stuff goes, that’s easy. As a web designer and developer, I’m always on the hunt for code snippets to help me build my applications. Why re-invent the wheel if you don’t have to?
So why nothing on writing except for the one quote? I’m not sure. I can guess it has something to with the fact that my journey isn’t complete yet, so while my posts might be interesting, and hopefully inspirational to a wide variety of people, they aren’t done by a celebrity. Also, I’m not doing all the fancy SEO tricks I should. My blog goes stale and I write from my heart, so my keyword density is all over the place. This means even if people are searching for what I’m writing, I might be buried on the second or third page of the search engines. Quotes, on the other hand, are one of those things that people are constantly searching for and because they have a specific set of words in them or famous name attached to them, they are going to appear higher in the rankings.
Am I bummed or worried about this? Not really. Yes, I don’t want to be known as a web designer / developer all my life. But I also know I need to earn my stripes as a writer. And until I do, I’m just grateful and thankful to all of you, my readers.