This is a Weekly Coffee Share update.
Our get-together is hosted by: Eclectic Alli.
Note that I missed & skipped the sharing last week due to a crammed weekend.
What a busy week it was! Two weeks back we had a major escalation for one of my customers and back-to-back family stuff over the weekend. This last week was calmer, but still busy. True to form, that was also when inspiration arrived and 2 new stories have joined my collection – so I’m a tired but happy writer.
Good day all. It’s a very comfortable Saturday morning here in southern Sonoma County. The water is hot and the Earl Grey is there beside the pot. The resulting brew is a wonderful way to gently approach the morning. Sitting down to visit with good friends is always nice – having had a good week (two actually) writing also feels good.
When I was 12, many moons back, male expectations began to surface in ways that should have been great for this young boy. I come from a long line of hunters and I was keen to step up and join group. But a surprise awaited me that threatened to divide me from the other adult males I so badly wanted to be part of. I captured this in a 10 minute read titled, “First Long Gun“.
Later, when I was 19, only a few less moons back. I had succeeded beyond my dreams at trade school college and now had my Electronics Engineering diploma and had landed my dream job as a computer test technician. It was my first “Professional” full time job, with a grown-up pay check, benefits and real-life engagement with a growing industry I badly wanted to be part of. I had to move from my parents home, almost 3 hours away to my first apartment in Silicone Valley, Calif. There were many “firsts” waiting for me there and I thought I was ready for it all. I captured the fun of several surprises in a second 10-minute read titled, “First Professional Job“.
Of course, I would be so honored if you took some time to enjoy each story and let me know what you thought of them. Like my other stories, they’re fun to read and have a couple of what some readers have called “money lines”. These readers have commented back that these lines really hit them hard, leaving them stunned or (my favorite) “I laughed out loud whilst clapping my hands… How many of life’s best stories could be framed exactly like that.” This felt like success to me and made my week.
But I have a question. Do you pursue followers for your blog? I’ve not done this but as I wander around other’s blogs, the number of followers many have dwarfs my own. Should this happen organically, if I do my part well of writing compelling essays, or do you also promote your site somehow?
My view and visitor counts are creeping up, but I have no idea what success looks like here. Well, if I already had hundreds of followers and tens of thousands of views, I’d accept that as success, but I’m nowhere near those kinds of numbers. In the past 11 months (the time which I’ve been trying to build a decent collection of sharable work) I have 38 essays that fit my model of vivid 10 minute reads (2000 words or less) that I believe are just fun to read. Some have minor messages of lessons-learned, but never at the cost of fun. I’ve gotten decent feedback and just passed 2000 story views by about 1680 visitors.
So I’d love to hear your thoughts. How or do you promote your own site? This remains a hobby for me, but I’d like it to be one that people like to enjoy and share. It seems to me that good indicators would be things like a stronger number of views per reader, or more people sharing my work but – how to get there from here?
Last week, I missed even noting the URL for the share. If I find it, I’ll try to catch up some and check in with you, but will at least check back and enjoy your shares for this week.
Hope this finds you all well and prosperous. Warmest regards all.