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Don’t Try to Censor Me, SELF!

I’ll admit it. I’m actively trying to do things that will increase my traffic here on the blog, possibly bring in new readers and lead me to a revolution in my life where I no longer have to go into my crappy job and get bitched at on the phone by customers all day. This may even lead to me not hating the rest of humanity, and in the end stop me from detonating the quantum bomb I tripped over in the park a couple of weeks ago. Ah, the good, almost impossible life…

I was actually sitting at my computer googling phrases like, “How to increase blog traffic,” when I came across a list of 202 Bite Sized ways to Increase Blog Traffic. Because, honestly, I have nothing better to do really, I started pouring over the list, thinking to myself, “yeah, that’s generic enough to probably work most of the time.”

 

Then I got to suggestion number 77, which reads: “Edit yourself without Mercy.”

Some part of my mind took that at it’s face value, meaning “RUN  A DAMN SPELL CHECKER YOU LOON,” but another part of me festered it about in the back of my head for a little while.

Then, just a short time later, it burst forth with like Athena ripping her way from Zeus’s brain.

I NEVER EDIT MYSELF!

 

Sure, I run spell check, and maybe even look over my grammar every once in a while, but I have a hard and fast rule about blogging:

Everything I do is real me.

I used to be nervous that crazy internet people would come out of the woodworks to chop me into bits if I was too honest or exposed.

Now, I know that crazy internet people might come after me, but some of them, some of the ones I think are the craziest and most dangerous, are on my side, because I’m a fucked up psycho, just like them.

 

So, if the solution to big hits in blog traffic is to censor and edit what you say, then I say, screw it.

I don’t really need readers anyway. All they do is muck up the place with comments or, Google +1’s, or Digg shares.

Who needs all that noise.

Not me…

Now where did I put my pants.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

8 thoughts on “Don’t Try to Censor Me, SELF!”

  1. Meredith says:

    I can relate. Since the end of Reverb 11, I’ve watched my page hits plummet. I’ve been grasping at straws to bring it back up, and I try to encourage myself that perhaps people are simply subscribing to my RSS feed. Yes, that’s it. And then have nothing to comment. Right. Of course, I’m the anxious type who really wants to live the dream. Working for The Man is so over-rated, but without traffic…

    And as for censoring and editing, let me tell you something. I’ve seen some successful people who make the same typos and errors that non-successful people make. I’ve also seen a chick who consistently uses the f-word and cleared ove $100K last year in spite of that. Yeah. Rules and lists telling you how to garner traffic are like guidelines. Rules 5 and 8 contradicted each other — which is it, write about the kids or don’t? Honestly, it’s all about your target audience.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think contradictions are what being a successful blogger is all about, right?

  2. Almighty Watashi says:

    I love gonzo, but every time I pass my text and fix the hard-to-understand parts or grammar errors, it makes my texts much more bearable. Especially in English, since it’s not my first language

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I try to maintain a certain level of grammar and spelling, the level that the robot in my word processor catches.

  3. Jason Benoit says:

    Traffic is a myth anyhow, there are days in which I have more spam comments than views. I think all you really should do is put out what you think is good content and the rest will follow. I am no expert, and will never claim to be, but I try to maintain a level of content that I can hold me head up about and let the rest sort itself out. I taught myself that chasing numbers was driving me mad and that the only way to keep myself happy was to not let it get to me either way, there are good days and bad and as long as you’re doing what YOU do, because you do have a wonderful voice and make me laugh on a regular basis, everything else will fall into place. 

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think the problem with the idea of doing what you think is good, is that if I waited until I thought something was good, I’d never post it.

      I’m not driven by the need to increase traffic, per se, but I do have a definite goal in mind for where I want to be and a time frame I want to do it in, and part of that means connecting with more readers.

      Numbers don’t mean anything if they’re just numbers. That’s true.

  4. Sara Olson-Liebert says:

    Hmmm. I have a hard time with editing myself too. I also have a hard time with not blathering on too much. It’s a fine line because I understand that after a while, something long winded is exactly that and people don’t really get ‘the point’. But sometimes I self-edit and think “Man, after I but this down, does it still have the same power or the same sense of myself in it?” It’s a catch-22, a double edged sword. So, I say quality over quantity , yes, but sometimes quantity is very much so needed. And I think all blogs, books, writers experiences ebbs and flows with getting readers and also the kinds of readers that they want. To that I say, as Dory would, “Just keep swimming.” We’ll get there, Brotherton. We know what our goal is and we’re working to get there.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think the point of writing is to share your mind and soul. You can’t do that if you censor yourself. Yes, editing is a good thing, but never censorship.

      All censorship is an evil spread of ignorance.

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