I have been writing for about four months now and I still have no followers on my page. I am not complaining. I really have no desire to have followers. I write mainly for myself. I want to have all of my ideas presented in front of me so I can go back to them again. But I figured I can at least write on the internet than in private because other people can benefit from what I say. I write what I write entirely for myself with no concern for anyone else. Thus, I could not care less why I have no followers. I know that some people read what I write from time to time. They try to challenge me in what I say. Thus, I know I was not entirely unread.
But the question is why I have no followers? There are two reasons that I can think of. The first one is that I am uninteresting. Perhaps I write in the most boring or incomprehensible way, I realize I write sometimes excessively long posts. But I doubt it. I seen more boring and incomprehension posts by others and they have more popularity than I have. The second one is that what I write about does not interest people. I think this is what is likely. Even if you disagree with my point of view in my posts you have to acknowledge it is for the most part an intellectual post. Some of the ideas I write about I have heard in other places and I repeat them in my own words here because I find them interesting and important. While other of my ideas are original, at least to me, I have not heard anyone say them anywhere. For instance, my post on "Altruism vs Self Interest" is partially original. Part of what I said can be found among Adam Smith's works and others. But my explanation of where the hatred towards our self-interest comes from I made up myself by comparing it Nietzsche's works. I am not just trying to show off my super amazing intellect here (I am not humble as you can easily tell and quite arrogant) but more importantly I am trying to explain why my posts are oriented towards the intellect and philosophy.
It seems that people are uninterested for the things I write about. If I wrote about mathematics, my best and favorite subject, I will have no views at all. If I write about religion and skepticism I will only have a few atheist viewers. If I write about political philosophy, my favorite kind of philosophy, I will probably lose a lot of my atheist viewers because my posts clearly have a pro-liberty, anti-state, conservative right-wing bend to them which alienates secular liberals from my pro-atheism posts. While a religious person might be interested in my political philosophy he would be discouraged from my negative views towards religion. Thus, it seems that from my content it is hard to find people who can find interest in what I write about to actually follow me.
I can understand why I would be unpopular for the above reasons. But I cannot understand no matter how much I think how typical average blogs get more popularity than I do. Most blogs are written about everyday life. Wow, how amazing! Why would anyone care to read boring stuff like that? Or if some guy who writes about his Jewish gay battles gets followers in the dozens. Or a person who writes pro-gay marriage blogs. Seriously how much is there to say in support of gay marriage? And besides the arguments are not very interesting, it is the same arguments used by many people before. Where is most of the intellectual content? This is what I cannot understand. Why they are more popular than I am?
Do not misunderstand me. I am not complaining. I know people have different interests. But I am still confused and cannot understand why. I am not against gay Jews who write about their daily experiences, I am not against typical authors writing about their average typical day, I am not against authors writing only posts on gay marriage with no new interesting material to add. I am just confused to why this is interesting to people to read. It is the average, typical, and no new intellectual content is added.