Hear me roar!
I left home at 6:30 a.m. yesterday and returned at 4:00 p.m. When I left I had 0 emails. Zip. Zilch. Nada. When I returned I had 353 emails. All except 11 of them were from my WordPress blogging friends. And one person put up 37 posts yesterday!
It takes time to open each individual email, read it, click on the link, read the blog post, and comment or click the like button. Lots of time, as I found out yesterday.
I’m not retired, only close to retirement age, meaning that I still have to work to pay the bills. And after Bernie Madoff and the Great Recession wiped out half the nation’s nest eggs, or at least cracked them open so the yolk ran out and dried up, many people this close to retirement age won’t be able to retire, probably including me. Or maybe I’m just a workaholic. Either way, this isn’t working.
Here’s the system that I’m implementing because I’ve found that it worked for the past four years at the site where I used to hang out before many of the people and the site administrators became so negative:
- First I created an Excel spreadsheet to track my interactions with all my WordPress blogging friends.
- I’m going to basically ignore emails from my WordPress friends.
- Each time you like one of my posts, I’ll note it and the date in my spreadsheet.
- Each time you comment on one of my posts, I’ll note it and the date in my spreadsheet.
- If anyone who is not following me decides to follow me, I’ll note it and the date in my spreadsheet.
- Each and every day after all my daily tasks and work is done, I’ll pull up my spreadsheet, sort it by date, oldest first, and go like, comment, and follow people who have liked, commented, and followed me. I’ll note that in my spreadsheet. I will like and comment at least as many times at your blog as you have at mine, sometimes more. I’ve been known to camp out in someone’s blog, liking and commenting, until my eyes won’t stay open.
- At that point you might not hear from me for a few days. Have no fear, though, because if you come back, I’ll be back to see you, too. “Tit for tat” my wise old grandmother would say.
- As an example, Victoria Photography visited my blog yesterday and left two likes. Today I’ll got by Victoria’s blog and do some reading. I’ll leave at least two likes, providing that I haven’t already liked everything. If I have to dig deep to find something I haven’t liked, so be it. If I can’t find anything to like or comment on, I’ll note that in my spreadsheet and try again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, until I do. Maybe my comment will be an encouragement to try to post a little more often instead of just reading and liking someone else’s posts. I like to get to know people, but if you don’t tell me anything about you in your blog, that’s difficult to do.
As my wise old grandmother would say, “Life is a journey, not an end. Enjoy the journey.” To which I would always add, “And take lots of pictures to share.”
Feel free to like this post…. or to comment, even if just to tell me how analytically crazy I am, something I’ve known for 46 years…. you won’t be telling me anything new.