Controversial Posts Do Not Equal Popularity

does-anyone-read-these-273x224Since the world ends in a few short hours, I suppose I ought to get this off my chest.  It’s been bugging me for a while now and I guess it depends on one’s point of view, but I think I tend to cover quite a few controversial topics here, especially from a perspective that is not common among atheists.  You’d think that would engender a lot of discussion and debate, not only from theists, but from atheists as well.  After all, I’m coming from a more conservative bent, many atheists come from a more liberal bent, there’s bound to be disagreement, right?

However, not only do some of my most controversial posts go virtually without any comment, they typically go almost virtually unread as well.  I used to think that a post that got few, if any comments, was one that most people agreed with me on, after all, most people don’t just post “good job!” for no reason, they usually either have some kind of comment, some good, most bad.  Most people are going to say something if they think the post is wrong in some way or they disagree with the conclusions.  However, if nobody even reads the post, clearly they can’t know if they agree or disagree with it so I’m left scratching my head.  Sure, maybe the subject matter of one or two posts might not interest a lot of people, I know I don’t bother reading every post on every blog I follow, but to have hardly anyone read a post?  I don’t get what’s going on.  To have a post that has been out there for more than 2 weeks and still has only 28 hits total and no comments?  What’s worse, the day it was posted, I told someone on Twitter exactly what was going to happen and it all came true.  There’s something happening.  I just can’t put my finger on it.

I suppose what really bugs me is that a lot of these stories have taken a lot of time and effort to put together and to see them be ignored makes me wonder why I bother.  If I can just put up mindless fluff pieces and have them get attention, have them get tweeted, have them get Stumbled and reddit’d, if I can just toss out the same stuff that every other blog is doing, with the same viewpoint, and get a reaction, why should I bother to work hard to provide different stories and a unique viewpoint?

I don’t know, I’m just ranting, I suppose.  It’s disheartening and makes me wonder why I bother.  Not that it really matters, it’s all over in 13 hours anyhow.

8 thoughts on “Controversial Posts Do Not Equal Popularity

  1. I've had similar experience in that some of my "throw away" posts end up being the most popular and some of those on which I've worked the hardest get no attention. It can be frustrating at times, but I think it all depends on why one is blogging. If I was doing it only for popularity or money, I'd stick to the fluff. But I'm mostly doing it for me. That's the only way I can make sense out of it.
    My recent post Atheist Divide Over Christmas is Trivial

    1. In fact, my most popular post of all time, by far, was a fluff piece that I can't figure out why anyone ever read it, certainly nobody ever commented on it, but there's a ton of people, even a year later, that look at it. I don't know, it's frustrating and when you put your heart into something, to give the readers more than just fluff nonsense and it goes ignored, it just gets you down sometimes. I certainly don't do this for money (no ads) or popularity.

  2. Dont stop ! I now follow religiously(sic!) since stumbling across the site by accident during the 'fuck the olympics' stage. You vent your fury over things that make me furious with a zeal and eloquence I just couldnt match – so dont stop ! Jingle Bells. Morgan.

    1. Thank you, I appreciate it. I suppose that every once in a while, having posted the same thing over and over and over, then looking at the blogosphere and seeing the same things everywhere, I wonder why just copying the crowd isn't the way to go since it's what seems to be expected. Maybe it's just me, but I'm more attracted to things outside the norm, things that are interesting and controversial, that I don't run into everywhere.

  3. The reason I like your blog is that your perspective is different from mine on a lot of things. It's nice to have my ideas challenged by someone intelligent. Keep doing those posts. I know there have been a few posts that I initially didn't know how to respond and it sat on the back of my brain for a little while. I don't necessarily wind up going back to the post later to comment, but I definitely read and think about them.

    My recent post 2 John: Hate masquerading as love

  4. Although I comment extensively in Atheist blogs I enjoy many different topics of debate unlike many Atheist who seem to be one trick pony's.I am an Atheist,but that dose not define me.I like the wide subject matter on this site keep up the good work.

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