There are a few circumstances where a blog post will never be read. Or will never become popular, even if you hit the blogger lottery and become the new flavor of awesome.
The Private Posts
I love reading blogs. I admit it is one of my favorite pastimes. I read loads of different kinds of blog, most by people I will never meet. Once in a while, rarely really, I find a blog post that is set to private. Full stop, right there. Why would you bother to post it if it is private?
It turns out there are loads of reasons: (yay reason for a list right here)
- It is directed at only certain people and you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
- It is TMI for most people and only allow people that want to know to read about whatever it is.
- It is a secret and only certain people should have access to it.
- You want to post something, but you don’t want anyone to read it.
I think that about covers all the reasons for posting something and not letting people see it. If I missed any please feel free to enlighten me.
I remember when I first started blogging and a women I met said she had a “blog” but she had it set to private and so no one could read it. It was more like an online journal. I have more questions than answers about that, but I guess if it works for you then go with it.
The Unknown Blogger Post
What if you put all your stuff online and no one ever reads it? That’s the bane of newbie bloggers everywhere. You put it out there and then NO ONE looks at it. Some bloggers give up at this stage, thinking it is too difficult. We never get to know them. How sad. Some bloggers accept this and then realize it takes a little time to find an audience. Then some bloggers figure out the secret formula and then people check out their site no matter what crazy mind vomit they post.
I fully admit that I don’t go back to the beginning of any blog and see what their first few posts looked like. I would think it would be a little weird since I would be looking at someone before they found their voice, (rarely anyone starts off awesome, even egomaniacs realize that). That might be good for a laugh if I ever find some spare time. But seriously, those first few posts of mine have few if any readers.
The Worst Case Scenario
What if the internet disappeared tomorrow and no one could possibly read your blog? Would you go through all the trouble of posting to your site if no one read it?
Would I? Nope. I would not bother with this site at all if no one read it. This site makes very little sense for me without other people reading it. Those questions I leave at the end, who the hell would I direct those to? My giveaway posts, who would enter? My carefully edited, but somehow still not good enough, videos, who would watch those? As long as YOU, the reader, are there I will be posting. I think most bloggers blog with the idea that someone else is going to see it.
Would you blog if no one was ever going to see it?