I wrote recently about being a little frustrated because I was writing posts trying to show people how they could succeed and “live their dream”, not only if that dream was to live in the Philippines, but whatever the best dream for them was.
And people are not reading those articles, in droves.
How do I know they are not reading them?
It’s not really by measurable statistics. My page views and unique visits are pretty much constant, no matter what I publish … most traffic here comes from Google searches about living in the Philippines, working in the Philippines and such.
My advertising income is pretty much within normal variance as well. In fact articles about entrepreneurship often attract much better paying ads.
But the questions people ask and the responses they give me show me very clearly that what people “say” they want … an honest way to “live their dream”, and what people really want to read is completely out of whack.
Maybe I should install some sort of Philippine-related “Farmville” applications here so that people could spend their time playing games and pretending rather than moving toward a goal. I dunno.
I saw recently that the issue is certainly not mine alone. One of my favorite fellow bloggers is a lady named Penelope Trunk. Penelope actually does what so many people say they want to, but don’t.
She lives on a farm, trains, consults and helps people (for money and satisfaction), raises her children (home schooling them, outside the abysmal US education system which is still hung up on teaching what people should do for last century to prepare them for jobs that won’t be there this century) and, in general, being an interesting, self-assured person who marches to her own drummer.
Anyway, I thought this little transaction that took place between Penelope and her editor recently was pretty interesting:
In the last week I have written three blog posts that my editor told me are stupid. The first one was about the Olympics. April Ross, a silver medalist in beach volleyball, said that she quit playing indoor volleyball because the practices were too regimented. That made me realize that there are some professional sports that are entrepreneurial. Beach volleyball is one. The coach works for the players, instead of the other way around, and the players drum up their own money instead of receiving a paycheck from the team.
My editor said, “I hope you have a great photo for this post,
(ed note: I suspect by “Great Photos” the Penelope’s editor was thinking of some of the amazingly well-behaved and highly stressed bikini bottoms struggling to cover the amazingly tanned and firm but supple butts of female beach volleyball players. Must be one of the most photogenic sports in the Olympics and unlike its close second, girl’s gymnastics, most of the players are not “jail bait”. But I digress … never underestimate the prurience of the average TV viewer/blog reader )
… because your readers generally don’t respond with much gusto when you write about entrepreneurship.” (my emphasis)
So, here’s a good chance for people here to tell me. Comments are open. What do you want to hear about, aside from how you can become self-sufficient, self-reliant and make progress toward living your dream, whatever that dream might be.
And Penelope, keep writing what you think is important. And John, thanks as always for the support.