I really hate that phrase, but it’s appropriate for today’s post.
Recently, a friend referred to me to a UTube video by Wikkidprawn, which video turns the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire into a trailer for the horror flick Mrs. Doubtfire, and does a brilliant job of it. If you haven’t seen it, take time to do so – you will love it.
What’s next – evil Peter Cottontail?
Granted, Robin Williams is an exceptional actor who can easily portray both a matronly old woman AND a malicious murderous stalker dressed up as a matronly old woman, and that’s the main reason the video is so good. But, it took the videographer’s own talents to change the perspective of the original hilarious movie into something evil and frightening.
The video made me think about individual perceptions of what we see, read, hear and say.
So many times, I have read posts by other bloggers that I felt were boring, stale, etc., only to discover the post had been viewed by something like 5,000 people with something like 900 comments. Other times, I have read posts that tugged my heartstrings or made me laugh out loud, only to find myself being the only liker [is that even a word?] or commenter on that post.
What’s up with that? Am I totally out of touch?
So many times, I, myself, have published a post that I thought was the best thing since sliced bread and worthy of top billing on the Freshly Pressed page, only to receive little or no discernible traffic. Other times, I have posted something I felt was nothing but silly fluff (Cotton Balls. Really?), and that type of moronic post received double or triple my usual traffic.
I really don’t think my writing differs that much from post to post. Sure, the subject matters vary widely, but my writing style is pretty much even. So, the excitement over some posts as opposed to others has to be because of the way my readers are perceiving those posts.
How often has that happened to you? Have you poured your heart and soul into a post that then went somewhere into the Twilight Zone, never to be read again? Have you published a spur-of-the-moment piece of crap which then went nearly viral?
How about sharing your stories on misinterpreted posts – I’d love to hear about other bloggers’ experiences in this regard.
When commenting, feel free to include the link to the post you’re referencing – more traffic for both of us!
(I will be checking those links, so all you spammers out there need not bother with my blog. I don’t need “readership” that badly.)
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Good evening, CM!
Seems to me there are several “rolls of the dice” involved in the “how many readers? how many comments?” answers. Boring writing (or bad spelling or grammar or any of the things that would’ve gotten red-penned in a writing class) that has a great headline, hits a common button,
or uses a catchy phrase, can still spread like wildfire.
It also depends a great deal on what a given blogger’s general readership levels are, to begin with. For those folks with 1500 subscribers, 150 comments may be awesome or really low, compared to their “usual” numbers.
Thanks, Karen. All I’ve really noticed this week is that apparently everyone loves PUPPIES, no matter how well or poorly a post about puppies is written. The response to those two posts has astounded me. Regardless, I’ve learned to take the readership ups and downs in stride, more or less.