Bloggers are obsessed with creating as much traffic to their blog as they possibly can...I have come to this conclusion by one simple observation. The internet is overwhelmed with "services" and "companies" who operate from a living room or a basement somewhere and who's main focus is to promote blogs and create back-links for them...in exchange for a monthly fee of course.
I have also noticed the rapidly growing habit of the so-called "follow-exchange." Meaning that bloggers agree to follow each other in order to create the illusion to new visitors that their blog is more popular than it really is, and to direct traffic to their blog with the hope that it will bring them more revenue through the ads they display...even though the bloger who follows you simply because you followed him, probably doesn't give a shit about your blog and will never bother to read your posts or participate in any way. I call these type of "followers" the "homo bots." Homo sapiens who have gone digital and now operate as any other machine-made bot like the millions of bots who spam your twitter account on a daily basis, desperately trying to get you to click. Yes, once again, it's all about the money...
I understand a writer's need for readers. After all, a book's purpose is not to be loved or hated...a book's purpose is simple. To be read. I strive to find readers for my book like any other writer, and nothing makes me happier than knowing that my book is being read right now by someone, somewhere...but when it comes to "writers" who pack their sites with advertising gadgets and marketing tricks and try to promote their blogs not because they want to be read...but because they want to be "clicked," one thing is for sure...
...Whoever said the famous quote "the pen is mightier than the sword" must be rolling in his grave as we speak!
...You see any damn ads anywhere?!
To any new visitors who might be reading this post, I say welcome and I really hope you enjoy my writing and everything else I have to offer through my work. As for the readers who have been following The Unwords already, I can only say thank you and that I'm truly honoured that you chose to read this blog, this post, at this moment in time, out of all the millions of blogs out there. I have no interest in creating traffic for this tiny speck of dust in the infinite cyber-universe. It would be pointless for an ad-free blog. I don't wish to have a thousand followers who are only following because they have something to gain by doing so. I only want a few who actually enjoy being here... I am not here to promote a website, I am here to promote ideals...I do not promote my writing through my writing, I promote the various issues I elaborate upon at the time and I try to engage my reader, to motivate my reader, to make him contemplate these issues and to steal a little bit of the thoughts he has in his mind...not the money in his pockets. I'm after the password of his heart...not the password of his Paypal account.
This post is dedicated to Hira, the first to follow this blog and one of the first who ever reviewed the book. She has a fantastic blog and a real passion for poetry and I'm really glad she liked The Unwords. This is her blog, do check it out.
This post is also a huge "thank you" to Jelena and Tzellofouska who, through their comments and active interaction with the blog, have exposed me to their tremendous intelligence and truly great personalities and I truly wish all the best to them. Jelena hasn't yet followed my advice to create her own personal blog and because she is indeed a fantastic writer, I'm thinking of suing her for keeping her writings concealed from the rest of humanity. Tzellofouska on the other hand has a great blog which fans of intelligent, thought-provoking writing will greatly appreciate, and especially all the metal fans out there.