Hitting the Small Time
Definition of SMALL-TIME: insignificant in performance, scope, or standing. - Merriam-Webster.com
Recently I found myself pondering as to why some blogs are so small (I like the term personal), while others gain a much larger following.
The ones that hit the "Big Time" get a column after column, and row after row full of tiny photos in the "Followers" section. They get comment after comment, with reply after reply to those comments. They get featured on other websites. Some of them end up being interviewed on various talk and news programs. Some even find themselves on the cover of Time magazine (ahem... yeh...quite enough has already been said on that, I think).
What's the difference between all those blogs and this little cluster of thoughts I have going here? After a bit of careful consideration - I think I've figured out two very possible reasons why I'll never make it big or get rich as a blogger.
First, I write like I talk. What I think in my head, I type with my fingers. It's sometimes not grammatically correct. (OK, maybe it's often not grammatically correct) I use incomplete sentences. I use a lot of contractions. I say and type word like "nothin'" and "y'all". My former English teachers would probably be appalled at what is on the screen after I hit 'Publish".
Second (and I think this is the Key), I'm not controversial enough. I don't write flaming posts filled with my personal opinions. I don't write entire series of posts about politics, religion, or any of the other hot button topics of our day. I don't write posts which incite or inspire people to comment. Or share through other social media outlets.
I'm accepting that I am just a quiet, moderate, small time blogger. I write about the things that happen to me and the things I know about my quiet, moderate life. That's all I've got people. And I'm much more than OK with that.
As I write this, I have the song "Big Time" by Peter Gabriel blasting away in my head. (The Man of the House will be so proud! LOL) :
"The place where I come from is a small town.
They think so small
They use small words
But not me
I'm smarter than that
I worked it out
I've been stretching my mouth
To let those big words come right out"
(originally posted @ My Really Real Reality)