Your Thoughts Requested at The Campfire

Hello, Benjamin from Brothers Campfire here!

I have determined that blogging for the sake of aquiring perceived presence and popularity is a pursuit most useless.

If one wanted to promote a brand, or a notion, there are mediums for doing so that are much more effective.

For instance, on YouTube, I posted a few seconds of bees for 5.7 thousand views.

I hardly even promote my YT and use it as storage for my website videos. Sometimes, those videos are unlisted and only available on my website.

In this LinkedIn repost, requiring one sentence and the push of a button, I garnered 2000 impressions.

LinkedIn, Benjamin Thiel

TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter have fabulous potential as well, likely more exposure than the two examples given.

While I have placeholder accounts in a LOT of media, they are not my cup of tea .

Here is why. So far, provided I do not seriously break the law, I can post nearly whatever I want without censorship.

This can change, but my current thought is, I would rather have liberty of expression than views.

What are your thoughts on this?

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a community leader, urban farmer, and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. He might know a guy...

24 thoughts on “Your Thoughts Requested at The Campfire

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    I remain in this platform because it’s like a close knit community with the occasion visitors. I reduced the use of social media to the minimum and I feel good. I don’t really have product or service to promote, so that suits me.

    1. Benjamin says:

      I agree Cassa Bassa. I feel because we create original content for heartfelt reasons, it brings us much closer.

  2. Iseult Murphy says:

    I agree blogs don’t garner the attention they once did. I like the platform for the same reason as you.

    1. Benjamin says:

      I appreciate the feedback! I feel the blogger types are the best kind of people.

  3. jilldomschot says:

    I admit I listen to a lot of YouTube videos and read few blogs. But this is probably because I can listen at work and can’t or *shouldn’t be* reading at work. Heh.

    1. Benjamin says:

      I agree. It is easy to attend You Tube university on the way to work. Making cerebral observation and typing it down has merit though.

  4. Under the mask.. says:

    I think it depends on what people consider liberty of expression.. While on Blogger(dot)com, I clicked on “Next Blog” (a random non-filtering) and there in the header photo was a fellow in Germany without clothes –and apparently verrry happy to be seen. It turned out there also were numerous Blogspots that defended the *love-ing* of children, which a number of us brought to Blogger’s attention. At the time, Blogger did nothing about them because of their perception of liberty of expression. Hence, WordPress!! It’s safe here to my knowledge!). It annoys me when folks try to sell anything here, but that’s my problem, really.

    1. Benjamin says:

      The internet is a dangerous place. I wrote in this post about serious breaking of law, and I am a follower of the law.

      I use WP software but am self hosted. I likely could post whatever I wanted and I have, like speaking out about COVID. That was/is censored on Google and probably WP, but available at my site.

      1. Under the mask.. says:

        Indeed, if we feel too constrained somewhere, we always have a dotcom option. (I’m a dyed in the flannel New England skinflint, though, and thus have used only FREE host venues!) I have a Facebook account (self-deactivated about 15 times) where I mostly access aggregated funny videos and the arts, now, and had a YouTube channel for a while. Had a MySpace page, DropBox, and Flickr, too, until I forgot the passwords and didn’t care enough. I honestly have no idea what might be censored on WordPress; I just know that it works well so far. As you say, there are indeed great people here!

  5. leendadll says:

    Same. I blog to get out my thoughts, YT is for holding vids I want to post, LinkedIn is for researching potential coworkers. I don’t check my stats at all.

    Slightly off topic: For some reason your vids always appear MUCH bigger than the display in the wp Reader. I only see the left 25%.

  6. TamrahJo says:

    I express, share, ask – in forum that doesn’t tell me to say it exactly right via perfect picture, in 160 characters or less, or a way that can be misconstrued or twisted by the trolls that lurk, just waiting for the chance to be offended or fight or see if they can make me lose my s**t by telling me what an idiot I am – stats? Well – interesting to look at – they often surprise me – like who the heck stumbled across that old post of mine? Why? If they don’t comment, I may never know the story of how/why – then, stats point me back to something I said, did, wrote – long ago –

    And I have to revisit the Me of then, against the Me of now – do I still feel the same? If so, why? If it’s changed or I’ve dove deeper into that topic, what do I think I know now?

    But sometimes, just like today?

    I look back to old posts – and I think – well – hmph – that company must have kept my review with link up – bet those folks were disappointed – OR – WOW! I totally forgot that movie – I need to rewatch it! I loved it the first time around – will I love it again?? (33 Postcards) –

    Other than that? Stats, for me, in any forum, are rather ‘noise’ in the back ground of what I really care about – others who connect with it and why they do – how they found their way to it – and what, if anything, has changed about me, that maybe – I forgot or maybe nothing has and I’m just being stubborn/inflexible in face of all evidence to the contrary of what I think I know – LOL

  7. douryeh says:

    Being online is a good learning & meeting place. You can learn to style your own presence into a brand. But for business success, you first need real life presence ~ this is my opinion after having seen many people entering business.

  8. frederick anderson says:

    Similar thoughts. I only blog for the satisfaction of writing, and if I were to quantify success in terms of book sales, the figures would be derisory. Do I have accounts on other media platforms? I don’t have time for them, or the constant niggles they produce.

  9. Petra says:

    I agree with that, social media is also severely limited by algorithms and stuff once you start getting into it. Even though blogging may not be the way to go to get famous, I feel like it’s the best way to express your thoughts and have a little corner of the internet the way you want it, not others.


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