Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Anyone who watches light comedies produced in Hollywood these days will be quickly tipped off to the fact that there is a fortune to be made in blogging. Usually there's a couple with kids. One of them has a regular job testing rollercoasters, or listening to music, or owning an amazing restaurant, or something perfectly normal, while their partner keeps a blog, for kicks, at home because, what the hell, one fun job is plenty to support a family in comfortable style. But then, usually as a modest portion of the movie's plot, the other partner's blog is bought like it's a valuable company, or a vast advertising resource, or the blogger, happily toddling along with a few hundred thousand dedicated readers, suddenly writes something so good that the New York Times is interested, or Publishers, or TV, and then there are millions of readers because everyone out there is just ravenously reading blogs all the time. I mean, what else is there to do on the Internet?
But you may be surprised to find that the movies badly understate it. Blogging is an absolute goldmine. I'm not afraid to let the cat out of the bag. I hate cats being in bags. And the truth is that when it comes to blogs there is enough here for everyone. Really! Ask me how much I make for writing a high quality blog post like this one. Or ask me how much I made writing that hilarious post the other day about the Pope and the Atheist. No, really, go ahead and ask me. I will not hold back. Cards on the table. No harm no foul. So don't be shy, just go ahead and ask.
Anyone? It's really interesting. You're going to want to know, so speak right up. I'm ready for your question.
No one? Hello?
Oh, I get it. Don't panic. There's an explanation.
So here's the thing: people can read a blog any time of the day, so, like, even if I regularly have, let's say, roughly a million regular readers, it's statistically inevitable the every once in awhile no one much is reading my blog. It seems odd to think there can be a million fervent readers and yet several days can roll by with pretty much no one reading my blog at all, but it's merely one of those funny statistical quirks, like the one about birthdays. You know the one about birthdays, don't you? If there are 23 people in a room there's a 50-50 chance that two of them have the same birthday. That is entirely true, believe it or not. And that seems far more counter intuitive than having a million regular readers but sometimes going several days without hardly anyone reading my blog. Don't you think?
I said, don't you think?