So, You Call Yourself A Blogger?

Bloggers are different. They are the green grass on the other side. They are the friendly neighbour. They are funny. They are genuine. They love pizza. And when they leave a comment, well, they put YouTube commenters to shame.

I think I just inadvertently described Canadians. 

I’ve been blogging long enough to notice that all bloggers face the same hurdles.

A lot of us think the same way and possess the same sense of humour. It’s eerie. I love it.

Many times, I have an idea for a post, when all of a sudden I scroll through my Reader and see someone else has stolen my idea and beat me to it. Now, I can’t copy them. I go back to the drawing board.

Kudos to them for having the same thoughts as a genius like myself!

All bloggers start off their “journey” with the dreaded first post. Almost every first post follows the same outline.

It goes something like this:

Start off the post with a rolling start. Say this is your first blog and first post. You don’t really know what to say. You guess you should introduce yourself. (You guess?). Try and be humble. Try and be humble. Act nonchalant. Mention that you don’t think anyone will read your blog. Say that it doesn’t matter if no one reads your blog. You are blogging for yourself! Tracking your progress. If people read it, great. Running out of things to say. Ask rhetorical questions. Reiterate that you don’t think anyone is going to read it. Use the strikethrough feature a few too many times. Ask people to tell you what to write about. Sign off. 

That sums it up, no?

Let’s not kid ourselves, we all care about our statistics. We all care about views, likes, and follows. Let’s stop beating around the bush and admit it. Can we all just admit it? We refresh our stats page and hope the numbers change because that means someone in the world actually cares.

WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO CARE.

It hurts when we post something that we put our blood, sweat, tears, and bad breath into, and yet it gets very little response.

And if you think I don’t know what that’s like because my recent posts have been getting close to 50+ likes and comments, then go check out everything I wrote between June 2013 – February 2015 and tell me how much interaction I got back then.

I REPEAT, WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO CARE.

I’ve used the “I blog for myself” line before. A lot of bloggers have. I’ll admit, I was lying. Sure, one of the reasons why I blog is for myself. But it’s not the main reason.

If I was only blogging for myself, I’d write all of my posts in Microsoft Word and then call up my imaginary friend Carlos so we can meet up at a coffee shop and sit at a table with crumbs on it, where I would just stare at ‘arlos (my nickname for him) and not tell him anything I just wrote.

As bloggers, our most important post is the next one. Sometimes, it gets really hard coming up with that “next one.”

Every single day I’m looking for something I can turn into a post.

People were slow at the buffet. Maybe I can turn that into a post? Done.

A fly is attacking me in the dark. Maybe I can turn that into a post? Done.

I can’t tie a balloon. Maybe I can turn that into a post? Done.

Dogs hate me. Maybe I can turn that into a post? Done.

It’s a never-ending struggle. Because when we do find that “next one”, and press publish, we are once again in search for another “next one”.

When we don’t know what to write about, we write about blogging. Ever notice that? We write about blogging and preach from our high horse how other people should run their blog. We write about what blogging means to us and the connections we’ve made. It’s cute.

If we haven’t posted in a while, we feel the need to apologize. I stopped doing that a long time ago because I felt silly. If I don’t post anything for an entire week, why am I going to come back and bring attention to it?

If you haven’t posted anything in an entire month, I don’t want an apology from you. It’s too late too apologize. I want a pizza at my doorstep, a hand-written note, and your tears on that note.

Honestly, don’t apologize. It’s your blog. You write whenever you want to write.

I can be a bit cynical. Do people really care about my post, or are they just interacting with me so I check out their blog? Or do they comment because they know I have a lot of followers and they can win some over by invading my posts?

Don’t tell me I’m the only one thinking this.

Yet despite all the struggles behind the scenes (in my head), the genuine interactions I have with other bloggers is what makes this whole thing beautiful.

You make me feel like I did something right when you tell me you can’t stop laughing, or that you found something I said very relatable.

A single exclamation mark in someone’s comment on one of my posts is enough for me to throw a pizza party. 

The bonds we create aren’t forced. They aren’t built off of a series of comments like “Good post” and “I agree.”

They are built off of our willingness to share our real thoughts with people we’re 98% sure aren’t psychopaths. They are built off of how willing we are to turn the comments section into a conversation.

They are built off of a genuine need to know what someone on the other side of the world is experiencing on a daily basis.

There are some blogs I follow that I need to read every day. They have become a part of my daily routine.

Because when people, who I may never meet, can make me truly care about them, while constantly putting a smile on my face and forcing me to see things from their perspective, then everything else – the stats page; the struggle to think of a new topic; the cynicism; the flies that attack me in the dark – does not matter.

I call myself a blogger because of the friendships I get to make with people around the world, without ever leaving my house.

Though it may try, my stats page will never give me the same gratification.

About Paul

I think of my blog as an all-you-can-read buffet. There's something for everyone and complimentary mints at the door as you leave.
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191 Responses to So, You Call Yourself A Blogger?

  1. datingflops says:

    I just rant! lol 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  2. vanchula says:

    That was so damn accurate..! :O 🙂

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  3. Jarvis says:

    I couldn’t agree anymore 🙂

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  4. izza ifzaal says:

    Hee hee hee! You are too adorable &&honest. When I started blogging I was addicted to the stats page n I hated it to core when I couldn’t get more than one view. I wonder when that graph will show people from all over the world. Anyways!!no whinning here that your job to do 😀
    But don’t you think this WP is attention seeker ??? 😂😂😂😀😀😀

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  5. Human Interest says:

    Reblogged this on Human Interest.

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  6. How do you know so many things about me? It’s scary! Never trust a blogger that can read your mind! Unless he/she is Canadian! 😀

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  7. heymeghan91 says:

    Paul you just ruined my apology post since I haven’t been blogging in the last week! How rude!
    Don’t worry pizza will be at your door. When you wake up.

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  8. rebecak says:

    All I’ve got is 🙈🙊

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  9. grammyg53 says:

    I agree with some of this. I disagree with some of this.

    I mostly blog because it’s good therapy for me during this “walk” I’m on.

    If I never post another word on my blog, it’s okay. Because I’m a winner. I now can call you my “friend”.

    !!!

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  10. Liz says:

    Paul, why are you trying to make me cry so early in the morning? I’m sitting her at work reading this post, making it to the last few lines and getting misty.

    Maybe I am just a baby or I haven’t had enough coffee, but I whole-heartedly agree. Internet friends are super, and that makes me emotional.
    I read your “stuff” every day (that you post). Don’t go getting a big head. 🙂

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    • Paul says:

      Woah I wasn’t expecting tears. Get it together, Liz! haha. Thanks for reading my blog every day, also…thanks for putting at least one thing in every one of your posts that I can relate to. Like the other day you mentioned olive oil and I pictured a salad haha. 🙂

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      • Liz says:

        Regaining my composure as we speak! There, all better. I’m glad you can relate to at least one aspect! I would hate to make my blog too exclusive 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        You got a guy to read a beauty blog. (Maybe I shouldn’t make that too public.) Just keep mentioning foods that people apply to their faces and all will be good!

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      • Liz says:

        I am going to screen shot this, I’ll black out your name, and use it for publicity. I will be wordpress famous in no time. Stats galore. 🙂 Also, I’m joking. I think.

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      • Paul says:

        My heart just stopped. Haha though you can use it as an anonymous quote and place it somewhere on your blog.

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      • Liz says:

        We will just keep it between us. And every other person who comments on this blog post…

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        I’m hoping that the longer our comment chain here goes, the less patience they’ll have to actually read through all of it.

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      • grammyg53 says:

        I can read every word you two are posting… LOL… By the way, Liz isn’t the only one who got teary eyed this morning. I ended up in a full blown crying spell. Guess you don’t realize how special you are to some of us, Paul. Now you do. Even if you are scared of dogs and things that go buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz in the night 😉

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      • Paul says:

        You’re so sweet! Thanks for embracing me despite my many antics and animal encounters.

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  11. I love the part where you talk about trying to come up with new blog posts. I use the app Werdsmith on my phone to write down ideas because you never know where inspiration comes from! Sometimes the random moments make the best blog posts…isn’t that what writing is all about?! 🙂

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  12. garym6059 says:

    Spot on! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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  13. shubhada says:

    Wow, you just got serious and emotional! 😛

    I haven’t posted anything since two days because I’m blank. And somehow I’m okay with it.

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  14. Tori says:

    This is all so true… Good thing there’s only a 2% chance you could be a psychopath:)

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  15. Mon says:

    Don’t tell me Paulo the impatient chef doesn’t get enough stats. Paulo throw pizza party after every blog because Paulo is Paulotastic. Paulo no listen to mean stats. Stats mean. Paulo good-a-licious. Paulo funny. Paulo is hilarious pizza.

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    • Paul says:

      The first year and a half I had this blog I thought I was famous if I hit 20 views in one day. I like how people have adopted my alter-ego Paulo as my real self haha

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  16. Dream it Alive says:

    I loved this, so..so true!

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  17. Tim Severson says:

    And here I am thinking I am unique….

    !

    That’s for your pizza party.

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  18. Jessie Reyna says:

    You are so right with the humor. It’s kind of weird how every blogger has the same level of humor which makes it so easy to say what you feel. Half of the things I say on my blog I don’t say out loud because I know nobody will get it and I’ll look like an idiot. It’s wonderful to find other people out there you can act like an idiot with. However, if this was 2002, we would definitely come across psychopaths but it looks like they’ve run along elsewhere.

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    • Paul says:

      Oh nine out of every ten jokes I make in my posts I would never say out loud. That’s why I like your blog, I understand the humour in it. Snapchat and Tinder definitely took the psychopaths off our hands.

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      • Jessie Reyna says:

        I’m dying to know…why do you write your posts in the middle of the night? I have no idea if anyone has actually asked you this but I feel it is important. Do you suffer from the writer’s insomnia as well?

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      • Paul says:

        Haha well in university that’s when I completed almost all of my assignments. There were no distractions or any updates on social media so that’s when I did my best work. And that has carried over to my blog. My best ideas come during the middle of the night. I can’t explain it. Though when I start working in 2 weeks, I’ll have to stop the middle of the night posts. Which means my post quality is going wayyyy down haha thanks for asking! You were the first to ask.

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      • Jessie Reyna says:

        So I found your self portrait…but since WordPress needs to get with it and add a photo feature in the comments, you’ll have to go on my blog and look on my twitter feed on the sidebar. Is this an accurate depiction of you coming up with ideas at 3am?
        Also, I can’t believe nobody has bothered to ask!

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      • Paul says:

        So rude, right!? Every single time I post something at 4am I wonder what people think when they wake up and see I have a post up at an obscure time. Maybe they just think I’m in a weird time zone? I don’t know.

        HAHA the self portrait! So great! So accurate!

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      • Jessie Reyna says:

        Perhaps they just take your word for everything! They’re like “4am post? Well then alright Paul, whatever you say.” Never question a captain.

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      • Paul says:

        Haha that would be cool! Ok you’re my new PR person. If anyone ever questions anything I do, you just tell them to never question a captain.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jessie Reyna says:

        I’m happy to take the job! I’ll just have everyone go all Dead Poets Society on your blog by having them chant ‘O Captain, My Captain!” How does that sound?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        It took me two years to get an “O Captain, My Captain” quote out of a fellow blogger! I made the right hire.

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      • Jessie Reyna says:

        That’s just sad. One of my favorite movies so naturally that was the first thing I thought of when I first came across your blog! You deserve a standing ovation on a bunch of wooden desks for your patience.

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      • Paul says:

        I do, don’t I! Now I gotta youtube the clip and just picture myself in that classroom.

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  19. demiannee says:

    The dreaded first post brings back memories of anxiety!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. fenixarising says:

    I’ve had a Movie news blog since 2011. But that was on Blog.com and had to start a new blog because their sites always going down. with word press its much easier and so I’d like to blog some more personal stuff. But I’m not a great writer. But I love doing it oddly enough. My question is, Do you have to write well to be a good blogger?

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  21. rebbit7 says:

    This post is amazing, Paul. You really captured my own thoughts on blogging exactly. I think the “I blog for myself” statement is kind of bullshit, even though I am aware that some bloggers do have the passion for blogging. But really, stats and likes are a big part of the reason that we keep going. I definitely try to think of new ideas for posts every week, and “map it out” weeks in advance.

    But also, you’re completely right about blogging for the friendships. I admit, even when I blog for stats and follows, I also blog to find new bloggers, too. I’ve actually about my thoughts on blogging a while ago (ha! Beat you to it!) ;), so feel free to check it out: https://thefinickycynicat.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/why-do-i-blog/

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    • Paul says:

      Yeah hopefully I didn’t offend the people who do just blog for themselves. I just think the stats page hypnotizes most of us. Your always a few months ahead of me on all my posts haha

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  22. paigetheresa says:

    This. All of this!

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    • Paul says:

      I don’t know how to reply to this comment. I think the Canadian response would be “Thank You!” but I don’t know if that fits in the context. Oh look I’ve written three sentences now. Post.

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  23. Mindy says:

    This was really a sweet post, Paul 🙂 I think that more people post positive comments on WordPress, or at least that’s what I’ve noticed so far.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Thank you! And for sure. I think I’ve only ever gotten maybe 3-5 comments that were “off”. People are too nice haha. (By the way, I’m sitting here dying over your last 4 tweets.)

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  24. Little Rants says:

    I remember the first blog of yours I ever read. The “I’m 35?” one. And you’re one of the funniest people I know. Panda Rants, remember?

    And yes, we all look for blog post ideas everywhere. Puddles. Pizza. Donut holes. Rain. Nose-picking-idiots. The Kardashians. Do not bite my head off now.

    The one thing that annoys me is when I see this one person leaving comments on EVERY BLOG I LOVE TO DEATH. Like, whoa, back off, you cow, STOP STEALING MY FRIENDS. I was here first!

    I sound psychotic, but I don’t care. Maybe I’ll blog about it. And lose myself friends.

    Oh Lord. I shouldn’t have left this comment at all!! Yikes.

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  25. Pooja Mehta says:

    I am new In blogging started 20th May
    Only and still i am addicted to stats page. And for new post the same is happen there are more than five draft, but confused what to post next.

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  26. James says:

    Ironically yours was the first blog I posted a comment on and even though that particular post did make me laugh, a lot, at least some of (most of ) the motivation for commenting was the desire to get people to link to my blog…
    In recompense (because it totally worked!) I come back everyday. Also you are hilarious!

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    • Paul says:

      Haha I don’t mind that. I think that’s how we’re supposed to gain followers – by commenting on people’s blogs. I just don’t want people to find random posts and say a generic comment just so they appear in the comments. But you actually liked the post and decided to comment which is awesome!

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  27. Issa says:

    haha Oh damn you are good…you went from “Everyone kisses ass” to “I don’t kiss ass” to “I don’t know anything about kissing ass” and finished off with “I love kissing us”….
    Talking of first, lemmie go work on my “I just started blogging and this is my first post” i think i skipped that one.

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  28. Issa says:

    And just so you know this is just very personal. I thought Canadians were nice and didn’t go around demanding to know if we blog for the fame…oh stats. I blog for the stats and making friends. Finding people who have elter egos is my purpose in life.

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    • Paul says:

      Don’t get me wrong, I still care about my stats page. I like numbers too much. But the interactions with people like you are what make blogging fun or me.

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      • Issa says:

        Aah I hate numbers. They are everywhere. I see what you did there with the “interactions with people like you”…just messing with you…its fun interacting with like minded people…on your part thats not good coz my second name is crazy.

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      • Paul says:

        Haha my second and third names are “insane” so this is why we get along.

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      • Issa says:

        Haha yeah well they did say “the craziers like the craziers”…oh never mind i don’t think anyone said that

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  29. anxietybug88 says:

    I swear that, if I ever don’t blog for a month, I will drive up to Canada with that pizza and my tear-soaked note in hand. I live in Minnesota. It’s not that far.
    In the meantime, I got these exclamation marks for you: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!
    Sorry about the stray 1. It just sort of happened. 😛

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  30. amorefado says:

    Your blog is that blog, for me. The one I go to every day, when I can anyway. And no, I’m not blowing smoke…Mostly because I don’t smoke and mostly because I’m just too honest for my own good. Yes, the first blog thing is very true, we all really do post that first awkward blog haha However, I definitely don’t comment or like your blogs for your attention..I’m just naturally opinionated. Also….Just because you have a blog, could you honestly be considered a blogger? What is the definition of a blogger? Should you blog a certain amount of times a month? Should you have a certain amount of followers? Or can you just submit one entry a year about catfish and call it a day? Hrrrmmm.

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  31. Lili says:

    For once we have an honest post about blogging! And one with some humour attached 🙂

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  32. abcmommyof4 says:

    🙋🏼 I read alllllmost every word. Hey. I’m cooking. Anyway, yes. This. Is. Real. So… Enjoy your pizza party!!!!

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  33. ericafuni says:

    Any blogger who doesn’t agree with this is a liar. Also, after reading this, I really want pizza. I don’t think that was your intention but I won’t fight it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Thanks! People keep telling me that they all of a sudden crave pizza whenever they read my blog. Probably because I mention it in almost every post.

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  34. You did make me laugh. And here are some exclamation points for your party.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!![Rest Break…]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are so right, though. Bloggers do apologize to that audience we supposedly aren’t writing for! I just came back from crying over “where’d everyone go?” because my stats went from 77 hourly to 12. Was my last post seriously not funny, to the point that it stunk? Am I a bad writer?

    And I’m one who’s said again, and again, “I write for me”. Ha. #Convicted. . .

    You have now become one of those bloggers I must read on the daily, though. We think the same. It freaks me out.

    Tell ‘Arlos I said hi.

    US Lifestyle Blog // rebekahkoontzsite.com

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    • Paul says:

      You’re the first person to mention ‘arlos! He’s gonna be so stoke.
      View counts are so frustrating aren’t they? One day you have so many and all these people are reading your posts and you think you’re famous, then the next day it’s as if they all disappeared and don’t know who you are.
      It’s very weird finding a blogger who thinks the same isn’t it?
      Thanks for the exclamation marks!

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  35. This was a great post! The statement about people apologizing for not posting is so true. I enjoy your posts, Paul. Have a good day and an extra cheese pizza!

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  36. Paul, everything you said in this post was brutally honest… but true. Ohhh the humanity! And that is why I have finally wrote my final post. I’ll wait ten minutes for the massive applause to die down… No, no, no don’t cry for me Argentina, I’ll survive on Zoloft. It became clear to me though (after hours of waiting for phone calls from fans that didn’t have my cell number), that no one cared for my blog “In My Cluttered Attic—EXCEPT FOR THE RED CROSS! That was my final shameless plug-my last ditch plug was on one of your other blog post some time ago. When I noticed that your blog, “The Captains Speech” was drawing 112 responses and 79 likes to my blogs, 6 responses and 11 likes, I knew the final score was in, and that it was time to to say goodbye (some will say good riddance, but I couldn’t spell it). That, and I never received one single exclamation point—ON ANY SINGLE POST I EVER DID! But now… there’s nothing left to do but go cry on my pizza, which has no cheese, and no crust (because I never got Freshly Pressed…pizza), and contemplate what a great ride Its been for…”The Captains Speech.” ;O(

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  38. Buzzer Beater Supreme says:

    !!! <- 3, count em, 3 pizza parties on the way. … that's how it works, right? lmao

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  39. Paul says:

    Totally nailed it on the head with that post.

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  40. Barb Knowles says:

    I would have commented sooner but I’ve been glued to my stats page 😆 I’m almost definitely pretty sure you aren’t a psychopath… hah! It’s annoying to say this so much, but I agree with everything you’ve said. I now use the little notes app on my phone to write down ideas when they occur to me. I HATE it when I have a fleeting idea and forget it. Back to stare at my stats…..

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  41. JM Stories says:

    Amen, my brother. I wish it weren’t true, but I’ve surrendered my self esteem to the number of ‘likes’ I get in a day.

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  42. Wow, I regretfully hit a lot of those points on my first post: https://poorlythoughtoutthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/what-am-i-doing-here/ And yes this is also a shameless attempt to gain traffic to a blog that barely gets 5 views a day. Some people actually say it’s good. I’m not convinced. Anyway, hi. Good post.

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  43. Laura says:

    TRUTH. Thank you for this. My stats page is like crack — I’ve been hoping it’ll lose its pull on me once I’ve been doing this for longer than a few months but now I’m bit worried. Oddly enough, I’ve always written the blog wanting others to read it. It was my husband who couldn’t seem to understand that I WASN’T just writing it for me…don’t know if that’s good or bad or what, but I do know I enjoy reading your blog!! 🙂

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    • Paul says:

      Thanks for saying that! The stats page is quite addicting. And it’s not a bad thing wanting other people to read your writing! It’s kinda like having a conversation with someone, but you don’t always know who.

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  44. brockadcock says:

    Preach pastor Paul! Preach
    If we all open up a little we could share a lot.
    Maybe I shouldn’t say “great post”
    Instead I’ll say
    Amen

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  45. Little Rants says:

    Paul? I miss you!!!!!!!!!! It’s your two year blogiversary in less than a week! Where are you!?

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  47. Wide-eyed says:

    Scarily accurate.

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  48. britta326 says:

    Hello fellow blogger. I can relate to so much of this! (Exclamation point relate!)

    I’m not going to spend time picking it apart — it’s full of good points and it’s well written. And it kind of made me hungry after that second pizza reference, even though it was crossed out. You are funny.

    I was directed here by my friend James Proclaims! He shared this link. He’s funny, too. And even though I have never met him in person and only recently started following him, I am 98% sure he is not a psychopath.

    Thanks for the read. Have a good day!

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    • Paul says:

      Hi! Thanks for your kinds words. I, too, and 98% he is no a psychopath! Many people have claimed I make them hungry by writing about pizza haha. I hope you find yourself a pizza to enjoy soon!

      Like

      • britta326 says:

        Thanks, pizza is important. After I read this post, I read your About Me page, and when I read about how much you like pizza I started laughing. That love definitely came through here. Way to stay true to yourself!

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  49. Totally resonated my feelings. We do care about all that stuff.

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