Yes you did read that correctly, “blogging is like monopoly”. And I know you are reading that thinking “ha ha yeah no it’s not” but think of it like a good mystery novel, at first you have no idea how the clues connect but by the last page all you are thinking is “Of course! The old man’s umbrella! Duh!”. So stay with me here.
Yes what I have found is that blogging is like playing Monopoly. You and I are the pieces (I dibs the top-hat) and that big ol’ board, yep you guessed it, that’s the internet. So we have all passed Go, and as we venture around the internet we find our niche, we find our blogs, and we buy them from the bank and get those little card thingys (your dashboard). We own our blocks, we own our blogs. Some people decide to upgrade and own their domains by adding houses, hey some even throw on a hotel, but we all contribute to the board in the same way.
Anyway whilst posting around the board, it is so very easy to land yourself in jail and throw off your blogging game for a while. Maybe you don’t blog for a week or so, you lose your rhythm. And a lot of people find it much easier to sit in jail and wait their three turns rather than refocus and pay the 50 monopoly monies to get out of that rut asap and back into posting regularly (unless of course you are lucky enough to stumble across inspiration with a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card). After all, the more you post the more your stats go up, the more people are ‘Just Visiting’.
Here on WordPress you’re not alone either. The Monopoly Man (WordPress) is always hanging around with exciting challenges (Community Chest), prompts (Chance), and tips to get your blog exactly where you want it to be (Free Parking Money).
I do have to admit there is one aspect of playing Monopoly that is certainly not like blogging. And that is nobody wins, it is not competitive. The people you ‘play’ along with are far more of a community than an intensely bickering family. And sometimes you might roll the dice, post that article, and it doesn’t quite pay off how you wanted. But you always know there will be some reader out there to sneak you 20 monopoly monies under the table to help you pay off that rent with a lovely like or comment.
And that dear readers is why blogging is like playing Monopoly. Like the mystery novel right?
So with that I’ll see you all on Mayfair!