You should probably read this entire post before responding (if you’re so inclined).
I’ve been thinking this for a while, but now I’ve finally decided I need to say something…
If you’re following my blog because you want to sell me a self-help/personal motivation video course, please leave.
If you’re following my blog because you want to convert me to your religion, please leave.
If you’re following my blog so you can post links to your blog that is totally not relevant to writing, sci-fi/fantasy, cats, or anything else I’ve ever blogged about or commented on anywhere, please leave.
On the other hand…
If you’re following my blog because I occasionally talk about my cats, and you think it’s cool that we both have torties, hang around as long as you like.
If you’re following my blog because it gives you hope for younger generations that there are still people under the age of fifty who listen to Gordon Lightfoot’s music, I’m glad you’re here.
If you’re following my blog because my near-daily outbursts of learn to use a damn comma correctly! entertain you even though you don’t see what the big deal is, you’re welcome.
I know not everyone who actually reads my posts is a writer, or even wants to be one. That’s cool. Not everything I blog about has to do with writing, after all. If you really want to see more cute cat photos, all you have to do is ask! (Alas, I did not get a photo of Doodlecat dressed as Prince Corwin of Amber for Halloween this year… He was totally against the idea. And so was Doodlecat. And yes, friends, that’s a joke. Do you really think I asked his opinion? *shakes head*)
I don’t expect anyone to be interested in every post on this blog, even if they read some of ’em. When my friends blog about topics I’m not interested in (and my range of interests is far, far wider than Teh Expertz say is possible for someone with my “flawed” neurology), I just don’t read those posts. (I also don’t watch friends’ vlogs at all, although I’d like to be able to read transcripts of those videos.) Your adventures in raising chickens? Cool. Playing poker to raise money for kids to build robots. Great idea. Why every writer should concentrate on flash fiction for their first three years before moving on to writing novels? Not interested (and also, you’re wrong, because no one learns how to fly a Cessna by getting really, really good at riding a dirt bike — they’re different skill sets).
If you have an interest in anything I have to say, that’s great. If you just enjoy having an occasional online conversation with me about various topics, that’s great, too. But if you aren’t interested, why are you here? Go find yourself some corner of the blogosphere that does suit you and whatever you’re into… and stop trying to sell me shit, ‘kay?
UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: I don’t mean, “Don’t reblog my posts.” I like it when someone reblogs one of my posts. There’s a huge difference, though, between reblogging a post (‘I read something cool on this guy’s blog, and I want people who read my blog to see it, too.’) and “commenting” on that post with spam (‘i like what u say now click this link so ur readers buy sunglasses!!!!’).