I have always been a detail kind of person, which probably goes back to trainspotting, and “doing” loco sheds on Sundays hoping to see some of the more elusive locomotives! Seeing every locomotive of a particular class was the ultimate goal!
My first full-time job was in a diesel engine mass production environment in purchasing. One had to consider sales orders and manufacturing capacity data, and then order parts and materials such that minimal inventory is carried, and yet production is never halted.
From there I went into a heavy engineering company and my particular area, again in purchasing, was buying parts and materials for steam turbines (for ships), and various machinery for the textile industry.
In Canada, I worked in purchasing for local government where things were very different. Because it was public money (tax dollars) being spent, everything not only had to be seen to be efficient and fair, but often had to be publicly proven to be so. Again, it was the details that probably kept me in that area, and professional progression followed.
Blogging strategies, probably not surprisingly, are of great interest to me. It’s not that my goal is a huge following or anything close to that, but I do like to know what “works” and what doesn’t. If my goal was simply to attract attention to my Blog, then I would just put controversial words in the subject line, and various search engines around the world would do the rest!
My intent is to write Posts about whatever interests me, but then see if there is any pattern as to what works and what doesn’t! Theoretically, I can be true to myself and provide interesting Posts! Perfect!
Over the life of this Blog (created in 2014), I have tried various things some of which were in desperation. i.e. Cannot come up with much to write about and so don’t write anything! That was interesting because although activity that day did drop, it was not by much. I must assume that quite a few of my Followers visit every 2 or 3 days as stats over a few days generally balanced things out.
I have also created very simple Posts due to time restraints. i.e. A pic of Ray with a brief caption. Pics do generate interest… or perhaps it is just Ray who creates the interest? I am pretty certain it’s the latter, which brings up an interesting point. I don’t think that a single pic of Ray in 2014 would have caused too much reaction but now, so many of you are relating to him at some level.
I have also broached controversial topics with some degree of trepidation and was delighted by the response (you “guys” are wonderful!). I rather suspect that things would have been a little different if I had done that in 2014 because many of you have been with me for a few years now. You know some aspects of my view of the world and life in general, so would not be inclined to Comment with an aggressive rant!
I have also “dabbled” in poetry which generated interesting and supportive Comments. I think that this too was successful because you already had a perspective of me and could apply that perspective when reading my works.
What seems to be coming out of all this, is that you can pretty much publish a Post about anything, complex or simple, and get good feedback… but the pre-requisite would seem to be having previously established your own character and views of life in general so that readers have a basic understanding of you in order to put a perspective on your Post.
Over the past few months, there have been a lot of new Followers and, upon checking their sites, it was clear that they were new to Blogging. For any of you “guys” that read this… be patient… be patient… be patient. Be true to both yourself and your Followers. If you can follow those simple concepts, then you can probably look forward to many years of socializing with people all around the world! Isn’t that exciting! 🙂