when a lot of us feel out of step with the blogging world again.
I’m not alone in feeling that I’m a little out of step. It’s ranking week (when the new Wikio and tots100 lists are out) – and ppl feel left out or elated or swept up or left out, and no matter how much we tell each other we’re not in it for the metrics, if the metrics aren’t smiling on us, we’re a little bit hurt. Because we are doing this to be read. If you don’t want to be read, you don’t publish a blog. You write a journal, or you have a password protected site. If it’s a blog on the internet you are wanting someone to read it, even if it’s only three ppl you know and love, and for most of us, that isn’t quite enough.
So we confess it, we like to be read. And we probably do things to improve our chances of being read. I attended an SEO webinar today with 37 other ppl, mainly who were there to learn I think, and although I didn’t learn anything new in terms of SEO, I learnt a lot about bloggers, and ppl generally.
The other feature to this part of the year is Cybermummy. It’s coming up fast, it’s majorly hyped, it’s where bloggers will meet bloggers and brands and hope to make contacts to find things to write about. Yes, ppl are probably hoping for freebies after the amount of chat about the swag last year, but that wasn’t what took me there last year, and it’s not what is motivating me to go this year.
I want to make connections. I want to make friends. I want to spend time with other ppl who understand how important putting these words on a page day after day and sending them out into cyberspace is. How important it is to be read, to be discussed, to be linked to, to be commented on. To other ppl who understand that no matter how we protest we don’t care about nominations or not nominations (yes, it’s award season too) it isn’t happy making to be left out.
I’m not sure how I’m going to make it to cybermummy. Despite having known for months that I’m going (sponsored by the lovely Photobox, more of that very soon) I still haven’t quite sorted out the finer details of childcare arrangements for three children with very different needs. Smallest still needs me during the day, though less and less now, and I’m not sure how to achieve being there for her and being at a blog conference without her. It’s tough being attached in a detached world. Big needs to be at a guide sleepover, and Small just needs someone to run tech support and check he’s fed regularly 😉 so between them, they do require some parental input.
But I’ll figure it out, and I’ll be there. I’ll be the slightly shy one in a corner, probably with a smartphone, hoping against hope that I recognise ppl I’ve met before and put together names and blognames from those I only know online. I’m really bad at it, so if I don’t say hi, don’t assume I’m blanking you, assume I’m just not sure I know for sure who you are, and say hi anyway, please?
And now I’m going to go off and optimise the pages I’d like to be found. The book reviews, the products that have been sent. But posts like this one? I don’t know how to optimise them. What are the keywords for rambling post about lack of confidence and life?