A word of advice to fellow bloggers

I don’t know whether this could be said, giving myself an air confidence or something of that sort. I will however go ahead and say it. What am talking about here, is attracting blog followers. A friend of mine says, the followers you have is directly proportional to the effort  you put in visiting different blogs, I don’t know about you but here I go with the words of Schopenhauer when he talks about fame and honour. He writes concerning the difficulty of winning fame thus

….the difficulty of winning fame by any given work stands in reverse ratio to the number of people who are likely to read it; and hence it is so much harder to become famous as the author of a learned work than as a writer who aspires only to amuse. 

No am not looking down upon entertainers, just saying

it is hardest of all in the case of philosophical works, because the result at which they aim is rather vague, and at the same time, useless from a material point of view; they appeal chiefly to readers who are working on the same lines themselves.

And those of you atheist bloggers, who write on atheism and philosophy will agree with the above assessment. When I visit my friend archy’s site, all the comments I have seen have been by people I ‘know‘ to be atheists. Maybe some theists visit, as they visit all our blogs and like posts, but I think all of you will agree that apart from the random theist intent on just dissenting for no other reason than that he can, most of those who regularly read and comment on your blogs are likely members of the choir!

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

34 thoughts on “A word of advice to fellow bloggers

  1. john zande says:

    There are a LOT of spam followers out there. I pay a visit to every follow to see if we have things in common, or something interesting which i’d like to follow. It seems of late that 9 out of 10 are spam. Maddening.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tabitha Cunningham says:

    I’m leaving a comment so you don’t confuse me for a theist 🙂


  3. lexborgia says:

    I’m not going to ‘LIKE’ this post, but I will tell that I like it. I was here. Cheers.


  4. nannus says:

    If you try to include several topics, you cast a wider net and you will make a few people think. I don’t know how this works with the topic of atheism, but it is my experience. I don’t mean that you should write a blog with the aim of entertaining. As Miles Davis has put it (I am paraphrasing since I do not remember his exact words), he was not standing on stage to entertain but to educate his audience. This means you have to provide quality content for intelligent people and then present your point.
    Otherwise, you are only preaching to the converted, which is pointless.
    I think it is also important to try to pick up the people from where they are standing. That means not to attack but to make them think if what they are believing in is so natural as they think. They have been socialized it an environment where certain assumptions go without saying and are never questioned. Find a way to get them out of their balance. If you just attack, you will fail.


    • makagutu says:

      Preaching to the choir might not be pointless; there are times we have been able to get a better understanding of an issue following a discussion with members of the choir.

      Two the reason I like the choir, is they don’t expect answers and sometimes they don’t provide any. All you are invited to do is ask more questions, in a sense be skeptical.

      Writing on a wide area though attractive for getting numbers would result in a blog without a central theme so that you have different audiences. As it is, for this blog, I have kept within philosophy that is treating religion as a philosophy problem, a little of photography, politics, and architecture. But it remains a secular blog all the way.

      And I agree, confrontations do not work any bit.


  5. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Whether personal or online, people tend to congregate with those they perceive as most like themselves. As you mentioned, there are, of course, exceptions. Astute observation. Much love.


  6. emmylgant says:

    That’s why I appreciate you guys so much. You are right there with me! Group hug!


  7. pinkagendist says:

    I like choirs 😀


  8. themodernidiot says:

    I like this article. I read that this was the way to amass followers, and I have enjoyed engaging other bloggers, but I asked myself which I preferred:

    A handful of thought-provoking followers, or a slew of public opinionated like-clickers who see their blog as just a big Facebook? Sure I might get a crazy-large number of followers for dropping hit and run comments, but will they really be intent on reading what I share? Not likely.

    I’ve been watching follower numbers and comparing them to interaction. It doesn’t seem a weighty enough ration to force me to go trolling the WordPress world to rack up stats. I have to play the exposure game to a point if I want to share my pieces in wider circles, so it links to other social media, but I’m okay with letting the investment grow slowly and steadily.

    I’d rather invest time replying to people who prove trustworthy and interesting than waste time replying to a thousand “Great post. Thanks,”

    Gimme a handful of awesome over a truckload of ‘meh’ any day.

    Oh, and great post. Thanks. 😉


    • makagutu says:

      Thank you and am totally in agreement. A handful of thoughtful followers any day than big Facebook!
      The only blogs I follow but may not comment on are photography blogs. I love beautiful photos and my vocabulary is limited 😀 so I may click like or move to the next photo.


  9. Interesting article, Mak! I have been thinking about the idea of ‘preaching to the choir’ but I think that is actually a good thing. We sharpen our ideas and that makes perfect sense. I don’t really believe it’s possible to convince someone who has an opposite opinion. In all likelihood you will only reinforce their beliefs. If people are to be converted, they will only do so because they think it was their own idea (Fritz Perls). And that goes along the lines Violetwisp described today; little seeds that suddenly start to flower and change everything.


    • makagutu says:

      Thanks mate.

      People believe as they do. I read today that belief follows knowledge, that is, you first know then you believe and not the other way round. The difference is whether you hold a true belief.

      Speaking to the choir is a good thing.


  10. Eric Alagan says:

    Interesting post – provokes reflection. Thank you for sharing, Eric


  11. rautakyy says:

    Late, as allways, but still joining the choir. As an atheist it is refreshing to see what other atheists around the globe think. After all it is only the god question, wich really binds us. Alltough humanism seems to be a big topic to most of us also.

    I have a multitopic blog, not to catch more readers, but because it is an outlet for me to write about stuff, I have something to say about. I propably write more in comments of others, than into my own blog these days.


  12. Muya says:

    Theists like myself find it painful to read what you have to say. You see we dialogue with God all the time, & so consider your point of view distasteful to say the least. We however will love you & pray that you will one day allow the love of God to penetrate the shield of cynicism you have erected to stop yourself from humbling yourself to Jehovah the creator of heaven & earth.
    Just ask Jesus into your heart & you will be flooded by overwhelming love. I dare you.


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