My Chosen Few

There’s an elderly woman in middle America who blogs about her gout and what she did that day, which sometimes includes visiting the local Hy-Vee market to buy groceries. Why don’t we call her Mabel? Mabel then proceeds to explain how she cooked supper that evening. All in one run-on sentence with just a few typos.

Probably Mabel

Mabel

I don’t recall how I came across her blog out in the vast blogosphere but I forced myself to keep reading. I was fascinated by its mundaneness while being intrigued with her large following. Nearly 1000 readers follow Mabel’s blog. That’s a dream to me. An unrealistic, keep on dreaming kind of dream. dream a little dream

Now don’t get me wrong; what Mabel has to say may not be interesting to me but obviously she is to others. One thousand of them! Seems people actually care to know her favorite color.

It’s purple, by the way. Mabel thinks it’s a happy color and maybe she’s right. Who am I to argue with someone who has 10 times the readership I have? Hey, I’m not here to judge. But you know I’m going to anyway.Here’s the thing: I just don’t get it. Finding readers is no easy task. There are over 180 million bloggers worldwide. So much to read, so little time. Still, people continue to visit Mabel’s blog, I suppose to find out why her car was in the shop last week (alternator troubles) and how she gets her pie crusts so flaky (ice cold butter cubes and don’t over mix).

Hey, I’m no Anne Lamott, but I try to make my blogs entertaining to some degree. Usually I manage to avoid misspelled words, consecutive run-on sentences and extended discussions about my bad cold. But not Mabel.

Mabel spills her guts about all sorts of things one would imagine would be of no interest to anyone except her husband. And probably not even him. But does that affect her readership? Not in the least.

Looks like Mabel's hubby

Mabel’s hubby

Since I have about 100 readers to Mabel’s 1000, I have to ask myself what I’m doing wrong. I refuse to believe I’m more boring than Mabel. Flat out refuse. After all, when was the last time I mentioned my knitting group? Never mind that I don’t have one. The point is, I’d never mention it. You’re welcome.

Mabel's readers

Mabel’s readers

My readers

My readers

Who knows how Mabel got so many followers? It’s a mystery. While I rarely attend Mass, she belongs to a large congregation. So are her fellow parishioners faithfully following her like scripture? Apparently so. Am I underestimating my own ability to entertain readers? Most definitely. Do I suck at marketing? Obviously.

When I started my blog in 2012, I sent it to you, my friends, via email and Facebook. That was the extent of my peddling. My goal wasn’t to accumulate a record number of readers, although I’d never turn anyone away. (I’m smarter than I look.) After all, what writer doesn’t like an audience?

But no, I write because I have stuff to say that I hope entertains you on Sunday mornings over coffee and raisin toast. You’re my chosen few. I’ll take you over Mabel’s congregation any day.raisin toastStill, she may be on to something. Another hundred readers might be nice. Perhaps I should reconsider my subject matter. What I think is mundane, another might find fascinating. So here’s my question:

Would you rather know what I had for lunch yesterday or what I bought at Home Depot on Thursday? You choose. After all, I write for you. (Okay, I’ll end the suspense: grilled cheese and bolt cutters.)

Oh, and if you’re wondering, my favorite color is green.

Previously posted in August, 2015 and I’m now pushing 120 readers

9 thoughts on “My Chosen Few

  1. I really look forward to these cozy posts on your blog. You add a healthy dose of normality to an otherwise crazy world. I like the photos of your signature dishes, your hair-raising tales of cat rescue (which is how we got our beloved Cookie Dough), and your gentle reminders that there is a wealth of treasures in our everyday lives that are so easy to overlook. I just assumed that you already had thousands of readers! Forwarding!

    • I’m so glad you enjoy them so much. I haven’t had time to write lately so I’ve resorted to posting old blogs but hopefully light is at the end of the tunnel and I will be able to write again soon…

    • I’m guessing the same handful of people read a few each day so therefore I’m way under 100! But that’s okay. I don’t need a large audience. I just like to write (when I have time!) and I’d be fine with 5 or 500 readers.

  2. You’re the best, Janet! I always read your posts. Especially love the ones about the menagerie of animals that share your home. Keep on posting, I’ll keep on reading, and I’ll forward your posts to others who I’m sure would love them.

  3. Don’t change your style of writing. It’s
    funny, refreshing, entertaining and sometimes sentimental. Definitely not mundane.

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