If you were to walk into a bar on a Friday night you’d get a much different audience than you would if you were in that same bar on a Wednesday night. If you sang and played guitar you’d know what sort of music your audience was looking for and you might be a little more animated on a Friday night than you would midweek.
When I first started writing here I experimented with the length of essays versus the number of comments. Five hundred words seemed to be the length that was a perfect match for the audience here. If it was much longer than that people wouldn’t read it and if it was much shorter that didn’t give me enough time to say anything.
If you look through what Jon has posted on Bits and Pieces and the number of hits those photos and videos and links get, you’ll soon realize that there aren’t many that go into double digits, as far as comments go. Some get none at all even though they’re interesting. This isn’t to say they aren’t being looked at it’s just that no one has anything to say about these things.
When Jon hired me his aim was to attract more people and to entertain those he already had. Love me or hate me, when you comment or vote, my work here is being done. If you like what I’m doing or if you truly cannot stand it, one or a five, it’s the same thing in the end. If you keep coming back then I’m doing my job.
I spent twenty-three years in South Georgia writing essays that promoted militant atheism. I’m fairly certain no on here is going to hurt my feelings with comments or votes or both. Not that I don’t care about the opinions expressed about my writings, mind you, I just don’t care about those opinions that express a predetermined idea of what I’m saying or who I am. I discovered that even when I stopped being an atheist I was still identified as one by people who will never change their minds when it’s made up.
The big thing here is to be careful not to associate those things that I write for fun or just to poke the bear with those things that I write that are important. You really cannot take anything written on politics seriously because the government is so damn broken there’s hardly any debate left except as to how to fix it. Blaming everyone is something I do pretty well but it does piss off everyone.
Rescuing dogs is something that is important. It’s real. It takes sentient creatures out of tortuous conditions and finds loving families for them to grow up and grow old with. While the comments to dog stuff are overwhelming positive the votes are from people who think either Jon or myself are going to fold up and go away because they don’t like my views on politics or religion or pickled beets.
That’s not very likely, you know.
But keep voting, please. It’s the only way I know that I’m still doing my job right here.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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