I no longer write with statistics in mind – though I would be the first to admit that I was unhealthily obsessed with the bloody things for the first three and a half years of my ‘career’ as a writer.
Now? I write because it is my greatest creative passion – and analogous to breathing: I cannot survive without it.
I get very few visitations to my blog – and, frankly, this does not worry me any longer. I write a great variety of pieces; I work hard to make each one as polished and well-written as I can – and, ultimately, I write for ME, Alienora, because it gives me pleasure, or release, warmth or a means of stopping tears. I do not write in order to please others – and I certainly do not write in order to engage followers.
I can see the logic of the Followers’ Game. Like all such games, it is neither inherently good nor Dante’s Circles bad. It is simply what it is – and some people choose to play it, while others, like me, do not.
What I would say is this: I do not think we, as Indie writers, do ourselves any favours by lionising the popular, and populist, bloggers rather than concentrating our energies on those who actually have a talent for writing. Sometimes, it is true, the highly popular ones ARE good writers. But, all too often, we get caught up in the hype, the insecure childhood need to run with the dominant gang, the desperation to please which, we hope, will get us noticed.
Unkind? You can accuse me of that if you wish. Untrue? Look, fellow writers, at the number of top-grade reviews on Amazon for Indie books which are poorly-written, derivative or trite.
Is it any wonder that the mainstream writers look down upon the Indies, and trust our judgement not a jot?
What do high statistics say about us as writers, eh? Merely, I fear, that we are enormously talented at playing the Stats Game: That we socialise adeptly, and fit our writing to suit those we most wish to influence. And, just possibly, that we are sacrificing something of authorial integrity in order to be popular.
By finding a winning formula which nets us thousands of hits, are we not, in fact, limiting ourselves as creative writers?
I merely ask!
Yup! Guilty as charged!