I have never been able to make the connection between the more popular personal Internet exchanges and the world of blogs. About 10 years ago, one of my grandsons told me that I needed to use Twitter to attract readers to my blog. He set me up with a Twitter account and I had fun writing short pieces of doggerel about my blog entries.
After a while, doing twits just bored me and I could see no difference in the readership of my blog. Google Analytics tells me that my readership goes up and down like a side view of the Rocky Mountains. I find I get more readers when there is an election to write about and less when I am only writing on the politicians’ progress. I am not even sure if politics interests many Internet viewers these days. I sometimes feel like I am exchanging my political secrets with four or five hundred readers—some as far away as Beijing. If I did not get the occasional angry e-mail from a reader about my spelling, I would say my readership was all in my imagination.
The biggest surprise is the audience you can pick up through aggregators such as Canada’s Progressive Bloggers. While a few of the writers are really doing twits there are some of them who provide excellent commentaries. There are others who cannot spell. And I noticed the other day there is one who thinks Rob Ford is the premier of Ontario. Rob Ford was the late brother who was mayor of Toronto. The premier of Ontario is Doug Ford.
And I have solved my problem with the Twitterverse. I ignore it.
But I do make the occasional comment on distant relatives’ Facebook pages. The wife will show me the pictures of new great nieces and nephews from around North America. I now know what those guys were doing during those pandemic lockdowns!
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