The Big Guy has a term for certain people in his life:  Knob Twisting Idiots, or KTI’s.

As he explains it, a smart person will solve a problem by turning one knob or pressing one button at a time, gauging the results, and moving on to another knob or button, and so on until the problem is identified and can be repaired.   But a KTI will jump into a situation and fiddle with every possible knob, button and lever at the same time until something works, and will then be utterly bewildered as to just exactly which knob fixed what problem.

Yesterday, I behaved like a true KTI.  I fiddled with my blog.

Prior to yesterday, my all-time high for views on my blog was nineteen.  Not great, I know, but I was still proud of it.  I just wanted to do better.

So I did some research in ways to increase traffic.  I commented on some blogs that caught my eye.  I opened a Twitter account and shared a couple of my posts there.     I asked for feedback from the folks at Daily Press.   I shared a few posts on my Facebook page.  I narrowed the focus of my blog and I searched for other blogs with a similar focus, and then I started following the ones I thought I could learn from.

As a result, yesterday brought 114 views of my blog.  From nineteen to 114, in one day.

Woot-woot, I did something right.

But, er, what?

As an adult with ADHD, I have had to learn to be methodical about everything.  I get through my day with lists and self-imposed checkpoints to keep myself on track.  I have to have a routine for everything I do, or my days will just slip away into a frustrating mass of projects that are started and not finished.  I even set a timer to thirty-minute intervals to remind myself that i’m supposed to be doing something.

In short, I must be the exact opposite of a KTI.

So I’m not sure what possessed me to behave like one yesterday.  It would have been smarter to make one change each day or every other day in order to see what would be the most effective.  Oops.    I guess my next move is going to have to be to just sit back and watch what happens, see how things play out.

Lesson learned.

For now, anyway. Until the timer goes off or I find another shiny knob to twist.

Author: A.J. Goode

I am a romance novelist, single mother of three, and a high school lunchlady. To be completely honest, I have no idea which of those jobs is the most rewarding and which is the biggest challenge. I love them all. I write romance novels about the kind of people who might pass me on the street every day. My characters are often hurting in some way, and need to learn to trust others in order to heal themselves. I also blog about trying to focus on writing, and about my day-to-day experiences in small-town America. I write about life. The good, the bad, and the just plain odd.

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