Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mass Appeal

I get props like a slogan and no man
Could ever try to diss when I kicks my jam
Lyrically def and connecting complete mic wrecking
No double checking vocals kill like weapons
But if I have to I go all out with no mic
Yeah that's right cause I survived mad fights
And for my peeps I truly care
Cause without some of them I wouldn't be here
And they all know how I feel
Cause suckers be like playin themselves to have mass appeal

GangStarr “Mass Appeal”

Every once in a while, I want to be one of those mass appeal bloggers that has a bunch of people following them. I used to be that back in the day. I just don’t have the time and wherewithal to read everybody’s blogs like I used to. I know that’s how it’s done, but that still doesn’t stop me from wishing that I had more readers, without me having to read their blogs. It’s selfish, I know, but that’s how it is. Especially on days like today, when I see from my sitemeter that I’ve only had 7 visits, 2 of which were from me, and 2 from my girlfriend. It’s like where are all my blogging homies? And even on days when I get more frequent visitors, they don’t comment. I know.. I know.. I lurk sometimes too, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing that the lurkers would say a little something.

It’s funny. When I first started blogging I used to always say I’m blogging for myself and if other people want to read then that’s just an added bonus. Wow, was that some BS. If I really was writing to myself, then my blog would be private, or I wouldn’t tell people things about me that I already know, or I wouldn’t get such a kick out of reading other bloggers comments. No, I don’t write for myself. This ain’t no diary! This is a blog, son! So misguided I was back then. I’m here to entertain and it’s a whole lot easier to do that when I know people are reading.

Wait, I hope that didn’t sound like a threat. I’m not planning on stopping blogging, but I’m saying. I like people to read my stuff. If that means I have to suck it up and find new blogs to comment on, then I guess I will. It’s just incredibly hard to find someone that posts often and that I actually want to read. But one thing I won’t do is play myself to get mass appeal. I’m not gonna just comment on a bunch of random blogs so they will come visit me. If the substance isn’t there, I’ll have to pass. And I’m not going to start writing about sex and dumb things to pander to people. That’s not me. I’m not going to play myself like that. It’s not that important to have people reading. And finally, I’m not going to temper my opinion about anything to get people to read. When I used to be on Yahoo Messenger, I would talk to a lot of bloggers that had definite opinions about stuff, but wouldn’t write about it on their blogs because other people wouldn’t agree. What the heck ever!!! Say what you gotta say. Don’t dumb your stuff down for the popularity.

Yeah, so sometimes I want the mass appeal, and then I think about what some people do to get it, and I’ll pass. I’ll let them be Soulja Boy, I’ll be Talib Kweli or somebody. Not a lot of people listen, but those that do, definitely appreciate it. I’m not gonna play myself to get mass appeal. But tell your friends to read my stuff. LOL


Nexgrl said...

You have readers, you just don't seem to have the patience to wait for them to notice that you've updated.

If I could update my blog from work, I would. Since it's not allowed, my blog suffers.

Opinionated Diva said...

lmao @ tell your friends - you so vain yo!

Back in the early days it was easier for everyone to comment during the day...from work. NOW corp america wants to make you WORK at work...blocked blogging and shyt...haters! lol

Jameil said...

i'm not tellin NOBODY!! bloggers need quotas!! affirmative action blogging! you're not blogging for 2 weeks? your blog gets shut down and you have to pay dues before you can put it back up. you LURKER!!! i def. want people to read but since no one ever comments on the movies i def. do those just for myself b/c otherwise i would just stop doing that.

Ginae said...

"to think own self be true"...nothing wrong with that at all!

@ Jam...there have been times when I wanted to comment on your blog, but you have it set to where us ordinary folks w/out blogs can't. so i just read and comment to myself in my

Go said...

Rah you are crazy as hell do you know that? I wanted to be a popular award winning blogger at one time. I was inspired by Don over at Minus the Bars. I quickly learned I have a personal blog and apparently I'm not that damn interesting! LOL. I get over 200 hits a day and very FEW comments. While my "Nothing To Blog About-Weekend News" post has been holding the spot as the top post for the past month! I've been trying to write to top that one..But u know what it is? It has a big ass penis on that blog post! Nasty muthafuggas LOL



DaniColoredGlasses said...

"I’ll let them be Soulja Boy, I’ll be Talib Kweli" Ha! I'm glad you are utilizing humility in that "gracious" comparison LOL

Anonymous said...

mass appeal? who needs that? you have the best readers now, so be happy with us dang it, lol.


Anonymous said...

I visit your blog everyday. You're one of my "must read" bloggers.

@Jameil...I read your movie posts to get movie ideas, but I love your blog too.

Nowadays, I just post when I feel like it.

Ms. Behaving said...


Man I used to have that hope of becoming a mass appeal blogger myself...


Then twitter came along and I'on know WHAT happened.


Anonymous said...

*outta lurk mode* excuse me sir, I check your blog everyday (so your site meter should have read 8). I apologize now for being a lurker. I don't leave comments but I check even when you take forever to post something new (lol). I enjoy reading what you write. . don't worry, you keep writing. . . they will come.

Sophia (Bajan)

Keith said...

I told myself the same thing when I started blogging.That I was doing it for me and that I didn't care if people commented or not...
Then I started getting comments and I became a "comment whore" lol
You see how I get if I don't get at least 20 comments on a post.
My first few months of bloggin, I was lucky if I got two comments.
I know how you feel.

I went to a bunch of blogs and commented and introduced myself.
Ironic thing...Most of my comments come from my friends (who are not bloggers)..I still don't get a lot of comments from other bloggers.

Ladynay said...

In defense I would have been hit 8 but I am not online but a couple times a week 4 recreation, I need some slack darnit! LOL!

Rashan Jamal said...

@ Nexgrl - yeah, I know. who says I have to be patient? LOL

@ Diva - tell them!!! It sure was easier back then, and it was also easier for me when I didn't actually do any work.

@ Jameil - I SAID TELL THEM!!! LOL @ the Affirmative Action. Let's get Jesse and Al on that ASAP!

@ Ginae - can't be true to nobody else, unless I'm true to myself..

@ Go - Pictures and sex will always get more hits, and so will bad poetry. LOL

@ Dani - you like that... I'm just tryna "Get By"

@ Aretha - yep I got the best, thanks for reminding me.

@ Minerva- you feel like it once every 3 months. LOL I already know how you are, we've had this convo before. LOL

Rashan Jamal said...

@ Ms B - dang, I just can't get into twitter, that's too much mass appeal and too many people listening to my thoughts.

@ Sophia - thanks for the ego boost (as if I needed more. LOL)

@ Keith that's what I did when I first started, but now I can't just comment on anybody's spot. I need them to actually post and be interesting.

@ Ladynay - Take all the slack you need, just don't kill me. LOL