Petrichor and Clouds is now a household name. If you’re surprised by this fact, please become a part of a new household. Warning though, this post is going to be as rambly as possible. It’s not a rant. Call it, a musing of sorts. Or just jump to the bulleted lessons at the bottom. Whatever suits you.
The first post on my blog was about how I am an impulsive maniac and how I look down upon those who mathematically plan every cunning move they make while on this planet. Please don’t read that post, cos it’s terrible [and can tarnish the good household name that this blog has]. When I started writing, I did not have a loyal readership – just that one classmate, that one disgruntled dude who would disagree with everything I wrote, and a bunch of angry mallu boys whom I didn’t even know [see, trolls existed even back in the 2008s (“2008s”? Moving on…)]. There was no Indiblogger or any of those platforms. By the time I discovered them (late 2013), I had some decent stats, despite having no followers [because, remember, trolls are your friends too]. From there, it was a pretty happy growth. Though my posts never went what-happened-next-will-blow-your-mind kinda viral, life was still good.
Then I thought about moving to WordPress. You know, here’s the thing, thinking about doing something, and actually pondering over it, putting some real thought into it and thoroughly contemplating it are very different things. No, I am not just spouting off a thesaurus. Thing is, I considered moving to WordPress, but I did not know why. I did not think of the technicalities, I did not think in-depth. I just thought “Meh, maybe WordPress. Maybe strawberry ice cream from Baskin Robbins.” So while I thought about it for a long time, I did not “think” about it.
Then I got my AdSense approved finally and bam! Moved to WordPress.
Makes no sense? Yeah. That’s how impulsive I am.
Now, I’ve often stated that stats don’t make up a blog, that they’re not important yada yada yada. But you know, it’s always the rich guy who says that money isn’t everything. After losing all my views is when I realized, “OK, umm, now I gotta build seven and a half years’ worth of page views!” That’s probably when I realized that I am still as impulsive as I was that cold day in November 1986 [I was born 4 days late. It was not like I had a plan, I didn’t think I’ll stay in mommy’s womb and fatten up a bit. When the docs came knocking, I just said, “Nah, not today. I am sleeping in. Another day, dah-lings. Don’t call me, I’ll call you. Tah-tah *flying kisses*”]
Ergo, the lessons learned are as below:
- I was born impulsive and crazy. Docs say there is no cure.
- I change my mind a lot. Docs say there is no cure.
- Moving suddenly from one blogging platform to another will cause you to lose pageviews. Docs don’t give a shit about this.
- Page views do matter, though they may just be an ego-balm. Corollary: Before you say page views don’t matter, make sure you have enough to spout bullshit like that [as I did, a few weeks ago. See bullet point # 2].
- Blogger is easy, and WordPress is classy. I am no expert on either. But I will say this – WordPress is a heartbreaker. Blogger will tell you stuff like, “You had 832 pageviews today! You are the queen of the world” It will not mention that 830 of them were by bots. On the other hand, WordPress gets real mean. “You had 7 pageviews today, but only 2 were real and they looked at your post for, like, 0.000063 seconds.” How sweet of you, WordPress. Come, share my ice cream. Or just eat all of it, whatever.
- That’s all I learned, how much more can I learn in a week! Why are you still reading? Share already, I am a household name, y’all!