Teaser Tuesdays: A Tale for the Time Being


I think most bloggers will relate to Nao’s thoughts from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit. And when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting to their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’are all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.

Note, Nao (the protagonist) is in her early teens, and these are thoughts she’s penning down in her diary, so the writing sounds a little juvenile in places.

medium_a_tale_0 and then one day I happened to check my statistics, and I realised that the whole time since I started my blog, only twelve people had ever visited it…. so that’s when I stopped. There’s nothing sadder than cyberspace when you’re floating around out there, all alone, talking to yourself.

~ A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

What do you think? Have you ever got depressed over your blog stats? I know I did when I first started blogging and I got probably 4 page visits a day :).

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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  • My blog has been very slow to get followers but since I do this for fun it has not bothered me. Click here to go to my TT

  • Nao sounds like an interesting character. I think it would be fun to read a story about a blogger.
    My Teaser is from THE HUSBAND’S SECRET.

    • Nish

      @Sandra: Nao is very interesting indeed and so is the book. Not sure I would call it fun though. Nao is a teenage girl who is badly bullied in school and certain parts of her story are terribly wrenching.

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  • Cyn

    I totally feel that; it’s a bit disappointing when you realize no one cared or even saw your post haha, but oh well, gotta keep on trucking right! Awesome teasers, I love the cover of this book. I haven’t read any Ruth Ozeki, but she’s on list! Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s my teaser at Bookmunchies (:

  • I have been blogging for more than an year now. And (touchwood!) have not been bothered much with traffic/blog stats. I started as an anonymous writer and even today only a few of my friends know about it. But yes, when there appears a like or a comment on what I write it feels like a bonus or a genuine compliment. 🙂

    • Nish

      @dreamzandcloudz: It’s great that stats don’t bother you. I started out that same way in Blogger, but somehow when I moved to WordPress, seeing the Stats dashboard everyday was not so great. Whether I was interested in stats or not, it was right up front and center

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