A five part series explaining why I read your blog - part two.
2) I’m a reader not a book cover judge
Never judge a book by it’s cover. So true. One of the best books I have ever read has a drab maroon coloured cover with nothing on the front or back. It looked really unappealing laying on the used book stall.
I picked it up because it was truly bland. The content did not disappoint me. It was a late 1800s translation of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. My life came to a halt while I devoured every word in two sittings. It is one of the best books about life I have ever read.
If I see a blog that would be considered by 'experts' to be badly designed and unattractive, I don’t see bad design. I see the work of a writer who is probably so passionate about writing, prettying it up to attract shallow followers is not their first priority. Beautiful pearls are found inside the drabbest looking oyster shells.
I love diving into the WWW and harvesting pearls. We really are a fickle bunch us humans. We have become so obsessed by appearance in real life that people die because they ‘don’t look right’. People young and old are under ridiculous pressure to be ‘beautiful’ and have the ‘right look’. That kind of attitude destroys lives.
We have now extended that kind of faulty thinking to blogging. If you don’t ‘look right’ on-line, no-one will read you damn it! Well I will. One of the best conversations I ever had was with an itinerant busker in my hometown. Everyone was ignoring him because he looked so frightful by the shallow standards we all live by in our wonderful modern world.
Dusty old ladies were walking by with their noses in the air. He looked interesting to me. And he was. I spent two hours sitting on the pavement talking to him. He made me scream with laughter and cry with sadness. Yes, he was basically an outlaw, but also a human being with a story.
I got some really strange looks from the dusty old ladies as they passed by. I pitied them for not having the gift I have to see past the book cover. I love and cherish that gift every day of my life. If the ‘cover’ of your blog does not meet the shallow standards set by the brigade of self-appointed critics out there, I am more likely to read it. Why? Because you may be someone who has a ton of interesting stuff to say but is not bothered about aesthetics.
Or you may be someone who is learning and gradually developing the look of your blog. You may be someone who feels alone in the blogging world and just like in real life, I cannot bear seeing people side-lined for being different. I don’t sit in judgement of people in every day life, so why would I do it online?
If you write your thoughts on a piece of messy scrap paper and show me, I am pleased that you had the courage to write and flattered that you wanted to show me. Why would I sit and criticise you for using scrap paper? If you have a ‘messy’ blog, I see past that. Your blog may be 'pretty' and 'look right' according to those who judge or it may not - I will be there anyway.
One person’s loss is another person’s gain.
If you missed part one - you can find it by clicking here.
Next up - reason No 3 of 5 Reasons Why I Read Your Blog.