Alright, we all know that I started off writing on WordPress purely about volleyball and that’s because I really really want to talk about volleyball. It’s something that I am passionate about and we all love to talk about the things that we are passionate about, right? Well it was easy at first to pump out content about volleyball because I had a lot to say, I gradually slowed to a steady pace and although very few people read my blogs (Thank you to those who do 🙂 ) I still had a drive to talk about it, till I found something out.
Recently I found this website where you can search a key phrase and it will tell you all of the top performing posts that relate to that phrase. Its a very useful site and it helps fuel ideas to see what top writers and bloggers are writing about in your specific field. Well, me, loving volleyball, you can only guess what the very first phrase I typed in was…volleyball. And as it turns out, writing about volleyball is hard…and here is why.
Literally all of the posts about volleyball that were the best performing actually had very little to do with volleyball. In fact, I would even go as far to say they weren’t about sport, volleyball, at all but more about something else. Beauty. All of the top performing posts all had to do with beautiful volleyball players, or one in particular really attractive volleyball player from overseas or “Ten volleyball players that could be models”, so on and so forth. It was very de-motivating and honestly just very sad. None of the top posts about volleyball had nothing to do with the sport itself. Then here I am, trying to write because I love the game of volleyball and all that it entails. I write because I enjoy it, like I said before, but whenever I write I secretly hope that I am going to get a bunch of views and gain some new followers and who knows, maybe even get spotted by the news for an article or just SOMETHING that would make this successful. And although that may sound dumb or you may be thinking “Cmon, W.P. you can’t seriously expect to get views and be famous or something by writing about volleyball, there simply isn’t a fan base…” Etc. Everyone roots for themselves because in the end you are your biggest supporter. Seeing that what I write about wasn’t getting views because the fact of the matter is, no one cares, really hurts. Society is so driven by beauty and material things that people now click on posts that have to do with volleyball not because they like volleyball but more because there is a top ten list of the most beautiful volleyball players from around the globe. IT’S SO DE-MOTIVATING FOR SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY JUST WANTS TO WRITE ABOUT VOLLEYBALL BECAUSE THEY LOVE TO. It hurts when you then realize i’m sure this is happening with so many other topics too and many other bloggers are in the same position I am in! It’s so sad to see this, because I feel like if I continue on my current path of writing about volleyball Im not going to go anywhere, and no one will read what I write, which is the last thing that I want.
This whole dilemma is something that I have thought about for a while now and it is part of the reason that I decided to branch off to other topics for some of my posts because I noticed that my volleyball posts were some of my lowest viewing posts. And even for someone who maybe gets 10 views on a post, I still noticed. But then here lies another dilemma, if I branch off too far with my posts Ill lose the real reason that I started it in the first place, volleyball. When I say what all the top posts were on that website I even asked my girlfriend if that is something I should do, but she disapproved and it made me realize that I almost became the problem that I hate so much, just for a chance at some more views in the end. The game is almost rigged against me, but that’s just my opinion.
Anyways, sorry for the rant and if you made it this far you are the best. I would also appreciate a retweet, share, like, comment, or whatever you do from wherever you are reading this just so I can try and spread this message to more people like me. I really appreciate you taking time to read this.
Till next time,