Someone asked me how many PR lists I am on and wondered if after all these years if I have gotten any cool stuff from blogging.
I told them I haven’t a clue how many lists I am on and said that I haven’t been asked to do any of the automotive stuff since I don’t know when, never hear from Disney and I seem toÂ missÂ out on many of the other giveways/reviews that I see floating around.
Don’t know why that is.
Might be because I don’t attend the blog conferences and that makes it harder to get on the radar of certain brands. Might be because I don’t know as many of theÂ popularÂ bloggers as I used to or it might not be any of those things.
What Is Important and What Isn’t
The children and I speak frequently about how to determine what is important and what isn’t. We talk about the need to focus inward and figure out what we want and what we need so that we can figure build road maps to get those things.
When they tell me about how other kids are growing up with more stuff I smile and nod my head. It doesn’t happen often but from time to time I hear from my daughter about how unfair it is that so many of her friends have cellphones and she doesn’t.
Sometimes I hear stories about who went to Hawaii during summer break or about kids who went to Israel and or Europe and field questions about why we haven’t taken those trips.
I always tell them we haven’t done it yet because traveling with the kids is something I want to do more of. Some of these trips are on my list of things to do but they haven’t happened because the financial wherewithal hasn’t existed.
Your Best Posts Aren’t Always The Most Popular
Periodically I make a point to check my stats to try and determine which of my posts are the most heavily trafficked and then I make a mental note to leverage that traffic.
I think about ways to try and use that information to build the readership and think about ways to do it.
Every time I do this I find myself ensconced in the midst of a dilemma in which I feel torn about running or updating old posts again versus writing something new.
It is kind of a silly thing because there is material here that is strong enough to run multiple times. Material that hasn’t been read by everyone because of changes in readership and time passed between the last time it ran.
I teach my children to work smarter, not harder but I am not always good about taking my own advice. I could reuse or repurpose those posts and build the blog more effectively and efficiently than I am doing now.
But then I start thinking about the posts that would best serve that purpose and I see some that I know are popular but they aren’t my best work.
That doesn’t mean they are bad, but it does mean they don’t always match up with what I consider my best writing.
Add my desire to improve my writing and it becomes harder to press publish again on some of that old stuff.
Because you don’t improve unless you practice. Every time I skip writing something new I miss out on the practice component or at least I feel like I do.
An Example Of Best Next To Popular
Don’t get me wrong, if it is among the most popular I will probably say I am proud of it because it didn’t do well by being junk but there is a distinction.
I think one of the things that I am pushing to do is spend more time working on the longer form, essay types of posts. Things with more substance and meat that aren’t marred by concern over whether they will be too long.
Here is a partial list of some of the most popular posts here. You are invited to read them. I am going to look at them again and see what sort of information I can pull and think about ways to improve.
- Wind and Waves
- There Are No Coincidences
- Why Steve Jobs Isn’t Important Now
- The Best Cover Letterâ€¦.Ever
- A Letter To the Universe
- The Etiquette of Unfriending
- The Most Important Things In Life
- The GermoPhobe
- Four Generations & A Wedding
- The Best Thing My Father Ever Said To Me
- 1 Foolproof Way To Become a Better Writer
- The Story Of A House- The Final Days