One of the first rules of blogging is to never compare your blog to anybody else’s blog. You can borrow ideas you like (don’t steal, though), and you can share with them, but never say, “Why do they have 2,000,000 followers while I only have 20?” Everyone is different.
OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I have to say that during all of the year end stats sharing I noticed that I received views from far fewer countries last year than most of the blogs I follow that have a similar number of followers. Not only that, the number of different countries that the views to my blog came from has decreased by 10% from 2014 to 2015 while the number of actual views increased by 100% (doubled). So where is my International audience? More important, how can I increase that audience?
I have come up with a plan. I will purposefully write posts about countries that I want to have “hits” from. Why not? I mean, Iran is in the news big time again. Half of the Arab world is mad at them. There is a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia going on in Yemen. I’m sure I could come up with some clever angle about Iran to get a few from there.
Or how about North Korea? Hydrogen Bomb? Why of course they have one, one that doesn’t work on fusion, but, hey, my personal hydrogen bomb doesn’t either. I could get a lot of laughs out of making fun of The Supreme Leader, aka Dough Boy.
OK, I guess if I go around calling world leaders “Dough Boy” I might not get the kind of positive attention I was looking for. In fact, it goes 100% against my policy of not making fun of people. Now don’t I feel bad?
I am NOT going to write a serious piece about the world trouble spots! No thank you! I’ve seen the types of flame wars even innocent articles cause. And I can’t really make fun of them, or make light of them either. “An ISIS member and a Taliban go into a bar and…” No, that doesn’t go over well, now does it? Not least because neither drinks alcohol. And even though these groups are, shall we say disliked?, by the majority of humanity, well, I do have my policy. It goes against the “compassion” side of my blog. So I guess Syria and Afghanistan are out.
Hmm, so how do I go about getting views from some of these other countries, like Kazakhstan? I’ll be honest, I don’t know enough about Kazakhstan to even know what type of joke would
offend them be funny.
So, no serious editorials and no silly jokes. How do I get views from those countries?
(A big virtual sigh) I guess I need to just continue blogging the way I have been. Perhaps somebody in those countries might actually be interested in what I say, like all of those other people who have viewed my blog. Perhaps people from all over will want to read what I say about creativity and compassion, or read a short story or poem or…
Nah, who am I kidding? I guess I’ll have to think of some plan to leave my virtual foot print on every nation WP recognizes.
Did I miss offending anyone? If you feel left out, please let me know and I’ll try better next time, particularly if you are from a country that has not viewed my blog! Of course, how did you get offended if you didn’t… Oh, never mind, just let me know and I’ll try next time.