For bloggers, each post is a work of art, lovingly and laboriously shaped. We give our precious thoughts a sail, then set them afloat in the WordPress regatta.
Sometimes, instead of the sleek, literary craft you hoped for, your blog post turns out to be the turd in the pool. All the other kids are swimming away from it in terror and disgust.
I know of what I speak.
A post I did last week, The Rubaiyat of Redneck Heaven, was a clever melding of classical poetry and hillbilly values. At least, that’s what I thought. My readers reaction? I got nothing. Nada. You could have heard a cyber cricket chirping when this post hit the net. Even my most loyal readers and family members stayed away in droves.
When a post tanks, there are a couple of ways you can respond:
1) I meant for that to happen. “Ha ha! It’s not easy writing something so well that it appears that I thought it was good so you wouldn’t be SURE if it was supposed to be bad. Wasn’t that a good joke?”
This way, nobody guesses that the rejection is causing your heart to bleed with the pain of a thousand cuts.
2) I don’t care. “This blog is merely a cathartic online journal for me. I don’t care if anyone else reads it. Number of hits? Bah! Comments? Pah!”
This reaction gives the impression that you are above such mundane considerations as public opinion.
3) I am an artiste. “You lesser beings just can’t comprehend my brilliance. I pity you and your plebeian tastes.”
I knew guys who were able to skate through college using this attitude in place of real effort. It also works well for many in the modern art world – you just have to have the chutzpah to pull it off. I’ve had some success with this approach myself, as explained in my post of the same name.
For this latest post-bomb, though, I’ve decided to go with yet another response:
4) Ain’t too proud to beg.
I promise, I’ve had my blog pool power-washed and sanitized.
Please, please come back in – the water’s fine!