As part of my writing challenge, I’m going to talk about blogging and will also let you in on the reason why I blog. This post will be in the form of a dialogue between my “inner self”; one eager to post, the other cautious and afraid of what people might think. Please do read, I hope this would give many of you more insight into the blogging world and who knows, maybe it would encourage you to start an online journal of our own… or perhaps just start with being a guest or ghost blogger.
Eager self: I have a new and current topic in mind, something I think my readers can relate to.
Cautious self: So? Your readers have heard about it already! They’re not interested in reading about THAT again!
Eager self: I should do more research on this topic and make it more interesting for them to read.
Cautious self: Don’t you listen? So many of them have complained that they are irritated by those “ToxicSweety…” notifications!
Eager self: Well, it only seems to be my friends who complain…the ones who know me personally.
Cautious self: Exactly! Imaging the complaints from those who DON’T know you! I mean, even friends of friends have complained.
Eager self: I don’t care! I am writing about an experience/ thoughts/ current topic, something that I would like them to read because I think that they would find it inspirational. My intention is good and I am not doing them harm.
Cautious self: Except harass them yeah!
Eager self: Be that as it may, my aim is to make them think, smile and interact. My posts are individual-aimed and not mass-aimed so reaching just one person, stimulating their grey matter, would be an accomplishment.
Cautious self: Your funeral! Anyway, how do you know when you’ve accomplished this “mission” of yours?
Eager self: My stats of course. My blog shows the location and number of all visitors. They may not comment for their own reasons but I guess they just read…and that makes me happy.
Cautious self: Alright then…post away! *Clicks publish*
From the above, you can see that my dialogue seems a bit… well, rough but that’s what happens inside my head. The truth of the matter is that I have joined many social networking websites, including LinkedIn, Twitter, Bloglovin, Facebook and others and the only networking site where my actual friends are housed i.e. Facebook, is where I receive the least support. I receive comments on my posts both positive and negative, likes on my Facebook pages, suggestions for my blog and its layout…all from complete strangers.
It’s true that I’ve been told by many that my post notifications are “annoying” and that there seems to be “no escape” from the notifications; of course only from my “friends”. Now, whilst I appreciate this honesty, I really do, I’m happy that my posts are at least reaching them but… I have to wonder, why the lack of support?
According to the stats my “friends” just read the posts silently and then close. I guess, if my aim was to reach, then mission accomplished however, it is to reach and engage. I have at this stage accepted that those I know will have to continue being harassed by my notifications, and read my posts silently, while those strangers at the other corners of the world will balls-up and engage.
My blog is at that stage where I have reached a steady amount of regular readers…not much but the returning readers are increasing. I blog to open your minds; to open my mind; to learn, engage and hopefully motivate each other with our experiences. My fear of peoples’ opinion on my opinion is momentary because I have the balls to have an opinion. I am not and will never be a “straw man”!
This post written in response to the WordPress weekly writing challenge
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ToxicSweety over and out!