Does Anyone Know Who I Am?

I have been around, blogging long before certain other bloggers, and yet they have quickly become household names. I have watched certain bloggers for a long time, and basically, they are celebrities to me, and after over two years of blogging, I wonder if I have made a difference to anyone. Have I, David Peralty, been noticed at all?

I have made some great friends, contacts, and networked with some of the best online, but I sometimes feel like the path I took in becoming a full time problogger made sure that I didn’t really get noticed.

When I first started blogging for money, I wasn’t really much better than those automated spam blogs that shoot out hundreds of posts a month that do nothing more than quote news from other sites and link back to them. I slowly got better, but writing on half a dozen to a dozen blogs meant that people didn’t really attach themselves to me, but instead to the site, and its content.

I have participated in making over a two dozen WordPress themes, about half of which have been given out into the community for free. I have written over five thousand posts, attended a few conferences, been a co-host on a variety of podcasts, and been interviewed for an article on blogging for a local paper, and so I would like to think that I have become relatively well known online.

I bring this whole insecurity up, in part because I watch as Chris Garrett, a well known writer continues to publish material on dozens of sites, and people will read those sites because he is there writing on them. He has a following.

I watch as J. Angelo Racoma, Abe Olandres and John Chow get covered by television reporters.

It makes me wonder if I have made mistakes in my career. Missteps that might have brought me more attention online.

Why is attention so important? Well, things change, especially in the online world. People change companies, change blogs, and as such, without a following, they have to start all over.

I know it is vain, and probably doesn’t seem important to anyone else, but I’d love to know where I stand online.

15 thoughts on “Does Anyone Know Who I Am?

  1. Sarah

    Well, if you’re really a pro-blogger, meaning no day job, blogging for a living, then I would say you’ve made it!

    But speaking of more exposure….I’ve working on building a little “blog network” of my own, maybe we should combine forces? Shoot me an email if you want to discuss the details offline.

  2. Tay - Super Blogging

    Like Sarah said, if you are a true problogger that blogs for a living, then I think you’ve made it as well.

    However, you must implement more things that make your sites look great and make them stand out. Try many creative linkbait tactics.

  3. David

    Thanks Sarah and Tay. I am a full time blogger.. but since I am network backed, it could disappear in an instant.

    Sarah, I will contact you soon. 🙂

    Ryan – That’s what I was wondering… basically if other bloggers feel the same… Thanks for letting me know.

  4. darren@problogger.net

    definitely not alone in this – I hear the same thing from many bloggers.

    some scattered and non-logical thoughts:

    Your post makes me think a little about ‘success’ and how we measure it as bloggers. The ‘fame’ or notoriety that you talk about here is one measure – but so is making a living (as others above have pointed out), personal satisfaction, knowing you’re helping people etc

    Another thought – I think there are only so many names that people remember in a niche. It’s sad reality but most niches can only sustain a handful of ‘famous’ bloggers. Your list of other bloggers above is fairly tech/metablogging oriented – its a fairly crowded space and difficult to break into – but there are other niches that perhaps would be easier. Not saying you should give up on the niche – just an observation.

    Another thought – some of the bloggers who I think get most attention really really work not only at writing but marketing. Not saying you haven’t done this – but it’s something that I think many don’t see.

    I’m not really sure if any of the above makes any sense or is helpful – all seems a bit jumbled to me – but my last thought is to hang in there 🙂 I know who you are!

  5. David

    Jamie0 – Thank you. I really appreciate that. Hopefully, over the coming days, weeks, months and years, I can really get my nose to the grindstone and push out some content that you all can really use.

    Darren – It is a real honour to have you comment here. I feel like I have hit the level of success that I have always wanted in so many ways, and realize that most people that are well known on the web, sometimes don’t even realize that they are well known.

    I just worry that if I disappeared from the blogosphere tomorrow, no one, but my closest friends and contacts would wonder what happened to me.

    Again, this is all stemming from a strong insecurity I have, and have always had being a Military brat, moving from place to place, hoping to make new friends and have people “like me”. The blogging world is a much larger podium, and thus even more nerve-wracking as you realize people may not “give a damn” about what you have to say.

    Your advice is really great, and jumbled comments are the best. 🙂 I don’t need to be an A-List blogger, but I’d hate to think I am still the guy that goes to the conference and is referenced as “the guy that writes on the sites Scrivs used to own”.

  6. darren@problogger.net

    yeah – I know the insecurities as someone who moved around a bit too.

    I think the key is to keep providing content that adds value to people’s lives. When you do this people seek you out even if you do move.

  7. Chris Garrett

    David, you’re well known to me 🙂 Whenever I think of a great example of a problogger, you’re the first that comes to mind. You place the emphasis on writing great posts rather than posts which are gonna make you famous, if everyone did the same the web would be a much better place.

    And if you think it’s tough not being very well known, try having someone come along with the same name as you and steal your number 1 spot on google… 😉

  8. @Stephen|Productivity in Context

    I know that I would miss you too, I have learned a lot from these pages. And I know how you feel, I got started at the same time as my pal Leo at Zenhabits, in the same niche. Now that was hard to watch.

    But I know that I am still learning, nor am I as prolific a writer. It’s coming, though, I have gone to full-time blogging because my wife and I have just moved across the country and there is no work for me here yet.

  9. Abhijeet Mukherjee

    Just opened my reader and read this post..and jumped to comment on it..now David …let me start with this…i read huge number of feeds and in my reader there is a category named ‘everyday must’ which have about 17 listings which I have to read everyday without fail.It includes blogs like problogger,copyblogger,techcrunch,techmeme,lifehacker……
    …and extra for every publisher.I may not have communicated with you till now but now you know that there are absolutely unknown people like me ,who are aspiring bloggers ,who give top priority to your blog and consider it as a support towards fulfillment of their aspirations.Doesn’t it make you proud?..I think it should…So just shrug off that damn insecurity and start writing the cool posts…and yes don’t forget the wordpress learning series…I look forward to your posts about it to get a good picture of wordpress…you see the world’s not made up geeks only… 🙂

  10. Todd Morris

    Hi David,

    In a strange way, it’s nice to read posts like this. If someone, who by many measures, is a “successful” blogger can have these type of doubts, those of us who really are just starting out, shouldn’t feel bad at all about having the occasional “down day”.

    I’ve been subscribed to your feed for the past few weeks, and when/if I ever get around to trimming my blogroll down to just my “must read” sites, this one will still be on my list … for whatever that’s worth. 🙂

    p.s. I was also a military brat, before I joined the Air Force myself. Did you ever spend any time overseas as a kid? … I graduated from High School in England.

  11. Chris Garrett

    As the “other” Chris Garrett said above, I know who you are 🙂 Connections are made one at a time, and as Darren says if you focus on value, and I would argue if you make it special and personal, then you make one more strong connection.

    Marketing and promotion have a lot to do with it, part of it is being around for a long time, and I think follow-through matters. The phrases “community” and “networking” are thrown around a lot, but they can be done on a superficial level or with real authenticity.

    I think posts where you show “you”, put yourself out there, and show your vulnerable side, are the right approach.

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