When I started blogging, I hoped the blog would get lots of hits.
I was thrilled to find ’stat counter’ , the yoke that counts how many times the blogs has a visit.
For a long time I wanted to get more and more visits. I thought in terms of the popularity stakes. And I looked at the huge numbers of comments on a certain blog, and I felt this blog to be a bit inferior, I must admit.
Yesterday, I was out in the garden, walking the land, thinking, when I had a radical thought: supposing omaniblog got only one visitor, only one person read the blog every day, no one else tuned in. Omani would still have all the pleasure and challenge in the writing. It would still be a wonderful word gym and practice writing field. Supposing that one reader was someone influential, someone linked to many other people, opinion formers, net-workers, and supposing that person went to many conversations, even dinner parties, where people talked about experience, ideas, communication and inspiration, where people were inclined to listen to each other, carefully, where the name of this blog might be dropped into conversation, maybe not exactly as a name but as a presence. Supposing omani thoughts were reaching others who would never look at blogs, but would think about things and talk to others, and connect.
In other words, I began to think about quality contacts, deeper engagement, oblique influence, and I began to think about the danger of being successful at attracting quantity. I thought of that butterfly that changed the world, a few flaps of the wing and the other side of the globe went into or out of recession.
That’s why I love slow gardening… Would you like to join the slow movement? Maybe you’re already there…