To what extent is your blog a place for your own self expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?
I liked this one. My blog has always and will always be a place for me to express what I want or need to. When I started my blog I used to panic at each like or follower. I didn’t share to any social media sites. I would worry about everything I wrote, who would see it and how the reader might judge me.
I wrote my first poem because it was rattling around in my brain and not giving me a break until I did so. My poetry proved popular gaining likes and comments. I still write poems when my brain rattles one out but I also write them for the people that have followed me because of them. I have come to enjoy this form of expression. The support of readers has boosted my confidence to continue to do so.
I am not sure that I consciously balance what I want to write with what the reader might want. It is more I have been lucky that some of what I choose to write about has been enjoyed by the readers that like, comment or follow me. I still sometimes worry about my content. Not everyone in my life knows about my past and I still struggle with being open about it. But it is part of my healing or purging the poison left within me from that past.
I do not believe that even the promise of triple my followers would entice me to write about a topic that I was unfamiliar with. While I now appreciate the followers and readers I have, I do not “sell” my writing. When I was in University I refused to change how I wrote to obtain a better grade. What they required wasn’t true to me and my writing is a very intimate form of sharing that I value.
Let me be clear that I appreciate every follower, like and comment. I would love some writing ideas for poems etc from readers. I love the daily prompt because I enjoy the challenge of being given a topic. In those prompts I often release my imagination.