Since January 1'st of this year my blog has grown. I've had 3,885 pageviews in 27 days, have tripled the number of followers and receive 50 or more comments per post. Why and how did this happen? It happened because I decided to "grow my blog" and I became concerned with my blogs "statistics".
There is an upside and a downside to this. The upside is that I've got to meet some very nice new people, that I otherwise never have met. Also, I have a drive to create. Drawing, photography, verse and comedy are what I do best and having people to share these things with is wonderful. The downside is quite simply "the numbers" and my increasing obsession with them.
This is something I'm ashamed of and I'm not going to do it anymore. I'm too tired and it's not what I came here to do. I miss the days when my blog was "small" (in comparison to many blogs, it is still small) and I knew every person that commented, had read all their posts and profiles and thought about who they were as real people and wanted to get to know them better. There's no time for that now and it saddens me.
The upshot is this. I'm not going to try to grow this blog for a long while. I'm going to slow down, continue to turn out quality work and take the time to get to know the nice people who take the time to leave a comment on this wee bit o' blog.