I know all of you come here for sentences that entertain or educate. Or maybe some of you simply come here to judge me and sneer at my haphazard punctuation. Who can know for sure?
Others come here in the hope that somehow I'll start at Point A and cleverly write sentences that wind their way to Point B, making some sort of Point. And if it's good writing, cunningly I'll wrap it all back up with my original Point. Meaning, I would be sneaky and wrap up Point A again in a creative, original way.
Surprising you, shocking you. Making you feel like the whole experience was totally worth it.
You then might smile, ponder a tad and then simply click off. Not even leaving a comment that you smiled and pondered. Then you'll click away in search of more Points other writers have slaved over for hours.
But at 800 - 1200 words, it only takes you two minutes to read them, right? Damn you!
Some of you think if there's no Point -- no go there from here and back again -- then it's BORING.
That's a lot of pressure. But I completely agree, which is why I will never have the traffic like some guy by the name of Atrios, who says to have high traffic you need to Post A Lot. He also admits that that, in and of itself is not sufficient for a large loyal fan base. But, I'm sure it helps.
Knowing that often it takes quite a bit of time to dislodge ideas from the cobwebs of my mind, I was hoping to build a reader base who will wait for me with great anticipation. Much like James Wolcott. He takes a break, but I keep going back. And so do you, right? Sure, his brand is much stronger than mine. He writes for Vanity Fair and I only write ads for the local fast food chain where I do not get a byline.
But, let's say my clever headlines and convincing body copy helps to sell 3,000 combo meals at $6.99 each. That's $20,970.00.
If James Wolcott helps sell 3,000 magazines at $4.50 each, that's only $13,500.00! And if you fill out a promotional subscription card, it's even less than that. You couldn't even say that he was 100% responsible for those 3,000 subscribers, knowing Vanity Fair has that very accurate "Planetarium" page by Michael Lutin and that "Things To Do In Whatever Month It Is" page.
And what about the questionnaire page in the back of the book? Where you get great insight to famous people like Jack Welch.
When asked, "What is your favorite occupation?"
Jack Welch replies, "CEO."
Now that's breaking news that should be on the crawl of every cable news channel if they knew what was good for ratings.
I'm sure the cover really helps to sell the magazine too. Meaning Wolcott's contribution might be less than I ever imagined.
So, maybe there's hope for me as I try to build my own personal brand on this God-forsaken blog I started. And I shouldn't feel so guilty that I don't post like a mad woman every day of my life because I want whatever I write about to touch you on some weird level to make you remember me. To keep you coming back, even though days go by without a new post.
In between hawking fast food and car parts, I'm always thinking about bigger ideas. Ways to write in my own deranged way. For some un-Godly reason, my head is constantly filled with bizarre thought fragments and incomplete sentences that need time to settle in.
I don't post every day, but it's only because I want to write. And I don't want some people to think I'm taking the easy way out by quickly posting something like..."Blogger X has some interesting points about Scandal Y, click here to read."
While I seek out those who do do that and really appreciate it, for me, I just don't think there's any Point to it.
Oh, and by the way. The whole money thing with Wolcott? That was just a trick I used while winding my way through Point B. To me, Wolcott's words are flippin' priceless.