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In which i’m at 6 months

Hello there people.  So it’s official!  As of February 16th, I’ve been blogging for exactly 6 months.  It’s kind of funny because as many of you know, and probably most of you don’t, I started this blog as a sort of joke; a way to put many of my stories down on paper.  Well, so to speak, since I’m really not putting anything down on paper and am typing them on my computer.  I had been talking about writing a book for years and after begging my girls to write it, they suggested that I put write my stories myself.   I spent the summer consolidating stories and then Andie suggested that I actually write them out individually.  That seemed like an awful lot of work to me and I wasn’t actually planning on ever getting around to it until it was suggested by my cousin that I start a blog.

A blog huh?  A BLOG!! I remembered that I had a blog already; had indeed had one for two years with a mere three entries in it.  So I decided right then and there, no problem, I’ll become a blogger!  Once my family stopped laughing at me, I swore to them that I WOULD blog for 6 months, if only to shut them up.  They all bet that I’d never make it six months and would get bored and quit, as I do with everything else.  That kind of pissed me off.  Not that it wasn’t true but that DAMN, was I really that predictable?  So, I set out on this nebulous journey with absolutely no end goal other than the thrill of writing my book and then becoming a professional talk show guest.  No, I said GUEST, not host.  People keep mistaking me for somebody who wants a job.  Being a host is a helluva lot of work and I have no desire to do that.

So at any rate, about two months ago when I bought myself a “re-design” for Christmas (I mean when my family treated me to a new BLOG design), I decided that I better extend the six months to twelve months so here I am, on to the next six months of blogging.  The problem is that I have absolutely no idea on a day to day basis why the hell I’m even doing this.

In a strange way I’m really enjoying myself.  I mean, what’s not to like?  It’s cathartic and fun writing out these stories and I’ve met a ton of new people.  I even like some of them.  And the travel?  HELLO ….  NASHVILLE!!  And yet, many aspects of these are a colossal pain in the ass.  I like Twitter, it’s fun and completely perfect for ADD people like me but all this self-promotion is for the birds.  Tweeting out my links, begging for readership … I can’t stand it.  So why do it, you might say?  Because, I’m as shallow as the next person and I’d like people to read what I write.  Lots of people, thousands of people, millions of people.  So yeah, that’s why I Tweet out the links.

The other day when I was down in the dumps (this is February you know – the bane of all the people with SAD’s existence), someone advised me to stop keeping up with the stats, to write for myself.  MYSELF?  Now THAT’S a novel idea!  But why would I write for me?  I already know what I’m going to say and I’m pretty damn sure I know what I think.  Nope, I’m writing for you because my philosophy or my credos as it were, need to be spread out to the world.  Then we’d all be a little bit more chill in my opinion.

So here I am, trying to decide how to spread the word – MY word – without actually doing any work.  Just two days ago I discovered that you could post up on BlogHer and people could read stuff up there.  I wasn’t aware of that and that leads me to wonder how much more I’m not aware of.

As you know, or you would if you were a regular, I’m going to be doing a little impromptu comedic performance at The Idiot Box on February 25th.  This makes me wonder if I should be doing podcasts and the like but then, isn’t that still more work?  So there you are:  how far should I take this?  What should I do?  Should I start submitting to various and sundry sites and publications?  Should I be writing my local radio and TV stations?  Part of me wants to, but the other part of me doesn’t.  What would be ideal is if I could have a serf do some of these activities for me.  Or, you know, a personal assistant.  But alas, I’ve been informed it has to be an individual thing.  That my “brand,” as it were, is ME and therefore, it’s ME that needs to do all this shit.

But the problem is that ME is a lazy little shit and ME is bipolar so ME doesn’t know what ME wants on a day to day basis.

So what do you think?  What’s the next step?  What should ME do? Anyone have suggestions?  Can’t somebody just discover ME?  That would be easier in my opinion.  Let me know, down there in the comment section that y’all keep avoiding.

Just saying…

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37 Comments

  1. myevil3yearold
    February 18, 2011

    I hate Twitter. i do it but I hate it!

    I did just tweet your post.

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      Hahaha…thanks for tweeting me. I don’t hate Twitter and there are times when I love it. I just don’t want it to be an obligation, you know? When this all becomes work, I know I’ll quit so…what to do?

  2. Jackie
    February 18, 2011

    I’ve tested not sharing the links to my blog posts and found that when I do that I get very little traffic. Sad I know.
    So, I pimp out my posts all damn day on Twitter & Facebook hoping to get someone to stop by and read the crap I post!

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      I haven’t experimented with that. I just know that there’s a fine line for me on what it’s all worth and I’m trying to walk it.

  3. Carla E. Knight
    February 18, 2011

    Wish I could tell you, but I don’t tweet (I have an account but never have used it) and I really do write my blog just for me. I don’t care if I have any followers, though I am pleased when the few I have leave comments. I read a few blogs daily and comment once in awhile, but blogging to me is cathartic. Of course, most other bloggers have real lives and mine is more than a little limited now, so blogging is one of the few ways I’m able to deal with being mostly useless. I actually think you would make a great professional talk show guest.

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      I know, i saw a comment from you over on Suzy Soro’s blog and i thought that was so cool. I like blogging…i’m just all about going somewhere. Thanks for commenting, you’re always so good about it!

  4. Melissa
    February 18, 2011

    I will be honest to let you know your blog is not the typical kind of blog I usually read -I’m more of more tech and or photo related blogs nerd. (The rare exception to this is: http://thepioneerwoman.com/ but even her blog I don’t read every day.) That said, I DO really love reading your entries, and most the time it’s because you reminded me to read it through twitter. It seems twitter is a necessary evil unfortunately.

    I keep up with a lot of my favorite blogs through twitter, but on my regular twitter account I don’t follow a ton of people/blogs so really 3 or 4 tweets a day is enough tweets to remind me to go check it out. One of my favorite wedding blogs does 3-4 tweets a day to the same entry and pretty much just says “this one’s for the morning crowd, afternoon crowd, evening crowd, late night crowd” and they cross post it on Facebook. So one way or another I remember to check it out usually once a day. It’s a smart way to grab more readers – because you just don’t know what time your followers are logging in. Also, I might be busy in the morning, but in the evening if they re-tweet then my own ADD brain is more likely to remember that I wanted to read it earlier. :)

    I would say you probably don’t need to go the whole nine yards just yet with podcasts an such, but then again I’m not a person who typically listens to podcasts. As for what I like? I really like your stories. I love that you keep it short, to the point and humorous or meaningful. I like that you can see multiple entries on your main page. I really really LOVE your blog titles. Reminds me of all those crazy Friends episode titles that are like “The one with… _____”

    Suggestions: When mentioning previous entries/events that you’re talking about, it helps if you link back to it – I’m more likely to go back and read it once I’ve read the post. You usually do, but for instance in this post you could link the line “I’m going to be doing a little impromptu comedic performance on February 25th.” back to your Crackers of Comedy post. (I know, I know, I’m making you do more work.) ;)

    Maybe one day have one of your interesting family members (daughter, husband, etc) do a guest post. Might be funny to hear something from their point of view…?

    And as for what I want from you? Just for you to keep being your awesome self and telling us about your funny, crazy, interesting life. :)

    Lastly, your best best is probably not to ask us what we want. Just tell the stories you want to tell and we’ll come back to hear them. :) If you want “business” advice ask other bloggers that you follow/like what it is they do. Most people are very helpful in sharing their success and failure stories. Also, just looking at how other people set up their blogs and promote themselves. After a while the promotion part probably won’t feel so tedious because other people will share your links and stories if it’s something that touches them and relates to their friends, family, etc.

    Relax, breathe and just keep being you! *hugs*

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      Wow…this might be the longest comment i’ve ever gotten. First, i took your advice and added the link for next Friday when i pass out in front of 200 people. Yeah, i’m an overtweeter with the link. That’s actually the part that i don’t mind…it’s the wooing of new people. I have asked people in my family to do a guest post and i would think at some point they will.

      Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing…and thanks to all the fangirls who suppport me.

      So Say We All!

      • Melissa
        February 18, 2011

        Yay fangirls! Sorry about the word vomit. I looked back at it after I posted and though “Oh crap! That’s nearly as long as the blog entry itself.” hehe!

        As for wooing other people… I’d say don’t worry too much about that. Just be yourself. Comment on other people’s blogs and they’ll probably come check our blog out. I haven’t been keeping my blog updated at all, but in the past if someone commented and linked to their blog I always clicked back through to see what they had to say. And if someone comments enough back and forth you usually become pretty good internet friends. :)

        • Melissa
          February 18, 2011

          P.S. take any of my “advice” with a HUGE grain of salt. I do not and have not ever run a popular/successful blog. ;)

          • Lynn
            February 18, 2011

            ummm… i haven’t actually run a popular or successful blog either…so your advice is as good as any. and thanks

  5. Lady Estrogen
    February 18, 2011

    I like to call it my whoring out – and since I was so good at it during my formative years, I might as well focus that energy into my blog & stupid twitter. lol.
    Keep doin’ what you’re doing! xxox

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      hahaha..unfortunately, i wasn’t really a whore so i’m so great at the whole process..HAHAHA…i just can’t be bothered

  6. Name *
    February 18, 2011

    Lynn, although I read you daily, I have never commented. Let me just say, I have a blast reading you daily, usually while eating lunch. Thank you for the last six months! Give us another six, and another and another. Great stuff! See you on FaceBook!

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      thanks so much…i’m going to keep on keeping on. I really appreciate it!

  7. Jessica
    February 18, 2011

    I didn’t know you could post blogs at BlogHer. I’ll have to check that out. My advice is don’t worry about your stats too much. Make blogging about writing your stories and connecting with people instead. I don’t know if that is helpful for you but it is what I do for blogging and it helps me.

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      hahaha…i appreciate it. I’m way to shallow for that. For some reason, i really want people to read the stuff i write. I will continue on though. Thanks for being such a loyal reader!

  8. Pixi
    February 18, 2011

    As for the next steps, I think you should embark on what you really feel compelled to, one task at a time, and see how well you handle it & enjoy it.

    Hey, I’ve been blogging about 5 months with only 64 followers (though I’m a slacker, don’t post often & disappeared for nearly two months) so freakin’ A, you’re doing something right!

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      Eh, I doubt I’m doing something right. I’m just pushy

  9. Pixi
    February 18, 2011

    P.S. You’re a social, funny & an interesting person with great stories, a lot of experience & good knowledge & wisdom. I think that’s all a reader can ask for. Clearly, just keep doing what you’re doing. As for the extra steps, I see no harm, only benefit in trying them out if you really want to.

  10. Lynn
    February 18, 2011

    Thanks for the kudos!

  11. Name *
    February 18, 2011

    All Fooked Up is what caught my attention when I was on Facebook one day. I’m a blogger and I’m conatantly looking for other bloggers to add to my blog roll. I have you listed as one of them. Keep it up, Lynn! :)

    Bloggers unite!

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      Thanks…and I’m glad you found me on Facebook…I really appreciate it!!!

  12. Krissy
    February 18, 2011

    Yeah. No problem…I mean. I didn’t really have a choice. All Fooked Up looked so appealing that I just had to click on the link. Lol!

    Did you ever think you’d be so popular?

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      That’s pretty funny…I really don’t consider myself popular but yeah, i thought I was pretty funny but I just wasn’t sure how to spread the word. We aren’t done yet taking overbthe world though

  13. Marinka
    February 18, 2011

    look at you, six months old!

    • Lynn
      February 18, 2011

      I know right? It seems like forever! You, of course, are my inspiration.

  14. Sarah Hague
    February 19, 2011

    You used to pop up on my blog reader but now you don’t. I thought I’d linked back here but obviously not seeing as I haven’t seen a post of yours for weeks!

    As for advice, I can’t give you any as I’m more of a low-key blogger and just witter away at stuff when I feel like it.

    I got bored with Twitter too so just pop in from time to time. You seem to be doing okay so I’d stick at it. These things take time. You should really go about a bit and visit other blogs and make your presence felt if you want to bring in even more random readers. If you write funny comments, you’ll get folk clicking on your name to read your blog.

    • Lynn
      February 19, 2011

      hmmm… that’s weird. Do you think it’s because i switched my domain name to allfookedup.com

      I do go visit other blogs although i don’t get to all of them often enough. I suppose i really need to follow more so that they show up in my blog reader more often. Weird, how did you find this post? I gotta check you out for show!!

      • Sarah Hague
        February 19, 2011

        I was in Twitter, for once, and saw your link. :)

        • Lynn
          February 19, 2011

          Well, I just followed your blog so I can keep up with it. I go through my reader weekly…you can sign up for email if you want.

  15. Alexandra
    February 19, 2011

    Lynn, I say go for it all.

    Live with no regrets.

    • Lynn
      February 19, 2011

      That’s what I’m doing…that’s why I’m trying it! I mean what the hell? Worse case scenario in fail and so what, right?

  16. Gloria
    February 19, 2011

    Hi Lynn,

    Congrats on the 6 months! You have done fantastically well with so many followers. I’m on my first month for my current blog and I’ve got four, LOL. By some stupid technical trip I am following myself, huh??

    Go back five years ago and I had another blog, which I started by first posting about my big love of music and I invited members from a forum for a certain band.
    Waaay before Facebook and Twitter we were chatting in forums… remember them?

    So I made quite a few friends in there and we exchanged our blog links – there was no ‘follow’ button back there. Every night after work I would write my blog, which after some months became like a personal diary and I wrote about this and that, and then I visited and commented on at least 20 other blogs! And now I’m starting over again with my new blog!

    So a good idea is to find bloggers with common interests and start commenting on their blogs. If I had more time I would bombard with my comments dozens of blogs which I like
    and follow, but due to work commitments and long hours (yuck!) I only come to yours, which I visit every day and love it, the fabulous Simple Dude http://www.thesimpledude.com (he gave me a shout out today!) and a couple more….

    Here’s to another six months and to thousands more readers!
    Your stories and the way you write them are the reason your readers come back, so keep it up and your devoted followers will spread the word…!

    • Gloria
      February 19, 2011

      Gulp! Sorry for the long post!!!

      • Lynn
        February 19, 2011

        Hahaha…it means a lot that you cared enough to write a long comment.

    • Lynn
      February 19, 2011

      Thanks so much…that was a great compliment and I just read it to my husband. I really appreciate you following and commenting. I’m just going to keep on keeping on. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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