Re: No readers.

Similar to other Re: posts, this is posted as a reply to a post. I’m not going to link them out of privacy (unless they insist on it), but for context: it was a post about a blog receiving no readers no matter how much work they placed in for their poetry and posts. I probably got too worked up for this, though. I’m posting this hereĀ for anyone who’s thinking similarly to said blog. Hopefully it helps.

I don’t understand the sort of ‘compromised and corrupted’ stats that you talk about. No one is ‘hacking’ into your site, no one would have a purpose in doing so anyways. I’ve read your whole post, but as someone who gained six hundred followers and commentors in a month through pure hard work, you can either take my advice or leave it. Everything I’m going to say is the harsh truth.

Do you understand that as a poetry blog in WordPress, you hold 1 in 1,000+ chance of being read? Yes, there is a lot of poetry blogs out there because there is a fuckload of angsty and bored people. Let’s not even talk about all the humor blogs in here. You may think that your poetry is a magnificent work of art or your sense of humor is great, but even so, you won’t get anywhere because there is so much more competition. It’s not about the unorthodox topics of your poem; controversial topics attract people like moths. Hell, I’m a shitty poet and I sometimes do the same, but a ton of people still read, ‘like’, and comment on my work. Why?

Because I connect with other people, I went on my Reader and looked through other blogs, then I actually read, ‘like’, and comment on their posts. If I really like what they write, I follow them. If you show that you’re interested in them, then they will be interested in you. Even if 300 people subscribed to your work, they may hold the same principles as you and would rather write on their blog than read your blog, unless you show that you’re willing to read their work, then they will read yours.

You can’t sit there and write poetry, but then suddenly expect people to pop out of nowhere to read your blog. It doesn’t work like that. You have to make the first move to visit another’s blog before you can expect someone to visit yours.

Yes, over a period of a month, I have read and commented on around 500 blogs, but because of that, 500 people began to read my work. It definitely takes time, and you’re going to have to divide your time between writing poetry and visiting other blogs, but you will see a huge improvement in the number of readers and commentors. Trust me, my blog is the perfect example of it.

Again, take this or leave it. You’ve repeatedly said that you don’t care about views or any of the sort after skimming through your blog and your About page, but with this post, I really doubt it. So if you really want people to read your work, you have to read their work first. It’s up to you.


Re: The Glass Schism

Like the post for RoutineDreamer a while back, I was replying to this post by SaBiscuit but it got just a tad too long. Instead, I’ll be replying here as a post.

I think about technology is that everything has its pros and cons, which all relies on the users. Google had only created the tool, and we, the people are supposed to be the ones to use it however they want. That sex app you mentioned wasn’t even made by Google, but by a third party developer, which is part of the users. The computer is, in a way, also the same in which it has its pros and cons that depend entirely on the users.

Also with that promotion point, with any new product, it’s just a way to gain the public’s attention. I think there will be a time when Google does show Glass as a product for charity too (because, let’s face it, donating to charity makes the public think you’re kind and real), but since DVF is quite popular too, it’s no surprise that Google took a step there as well. Plus, it’s advertisement, and the basic point is just to put the product out there.

With all new technology, I think it’s only fair to say that it will take time and a few trial-and-errors before legal and social laws are placed down. Being completely new, people will (of course) feel uncomfortable and skepticism towards it. The TV must have felt uncomfortable when first released too, I mean, moving pictures with sound coming out? That’s insane, sci-fi stuff man. With all new technology, you have to give it time to breathe and develop so that it will become more acceptable on society’s standards. You can never really expect anything to be released and immediately accepted by the users: that’s what feedback is for.

After the phone and the camera, personally, I think Glass is just one step forward from that. There are already small cameras that you can place on your person in a barely noticeable way, and there are those bluetooth receivers for phones already. It’s not too big of a surprise that Glass is coming, and if Google hadn’t developed it first, then other developers (e.g. Apple) would have. Like Apple was known for the iPad, Google is now known as the pioneer in wearable technology, and to be honest, all technology-related companies have the pressure to innovate if they want to be popular. It was only a matter of time, I think.

Obviously I’m a big fan of technology :b

Re: Tumblr? Porn?

Originally, I was going to post this as a comment on Routine Dreamer’s post, but it got just a tiny bit too long. So I thought I’d just post it here instead.

Ha, I don’t blame you. Tumblr IS messy and rarely gives the opportunity for people to have a voice, unlike WordPress where it’s really easy.

Anyways, on topic, in a way similar to Hollywood, most films give unrealistic expectations. Take chick flicks for example, most romance found in them is so rare and cheesy. Porn is similar in this respect because, even if it’s a touchy subject, it’s a film in its own right too.

A detrimental effect of the Internet is that you can’t make anything inaccesible. Even if the government tries one path, people are going to find another way. It’s a challenge for them, and they like it. Some of them may even be trained in IT, so it’s most likely a matter of time for most restrictions. So the solution doesn’t lie on the Internet’s side (at least in my opinion), but on the child’s.

I’m not going to say that you should stop kids from accessing porn, because that’s going to be impossible no matter what you do; they’re little hackers-in-training. But what is possible is to teach them that fantasy is different from reality.

I think the problem is not whether or not porn should be less accesible, but a matter of people educating young minds that porn and sex is different, be it teacher or parent. Being guardians of the children, they’re expected to teach them regarding their lives and of right and wrong. Including porn.

I know most parents don’t truly understand the gravity of the issue in a technology-minded society, and most can’t fathom the idea that their sweet, innocent child will ever watch porn. But the matter of the fact is, most children will find porn, either accidentally or incidentally.

I like how porn is becoming a topic that others are covering, because it shows parents that yes, you need to start educating your kids on this thing. If not, at minimum, the expectation for a kid’s guardians to do so is beginning to grow.

That’s a step. Gradual, but at least children will start to understand why the birds and the bees are on TV.