366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 122
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 have three major blogs and then a couple of minor blogs. Of my three major ones, Promptly Written and A Whispered Wind are mostly for self-expression and creativity. As the Fates Would Have It is a personal blog about my life in general, but it is also a self-expression blog. The other two blogs, Mindful Living for a Healthy Mind and My Fat Loss Journey on LCHF (neither of which I update on a regular basis these days, but do plan on starting that up again) are both personal and informative blogs.
As a rule, I don’t concern myself so much with readership. Yes, I do enjoy those who visit my blogs and I adore everyone’s comments, but I don’t write necessarily for an audience. I write because it is a part of who I am. The readers are like the whipped topping and cherry on top of the banana split. The bananas and ice cream are the content and the whipped topping and cherry make them pleasing to the eyes and add that extra umph that makes like worth living.
I am not sure I would write topics that just draw readership. I’ve gone that route in the past on another blog and I got so caught up in trying to please others that I lost the spark of blogging for many months. Now I just write what pleases me and if it draws an audience, so be it. If not, so be it. I think people are drawn to blogs that are updated regularly and showcase the talents of the blogger. I’ve seen a few bloggers who began with wonderful blogs filled with individual purpose and then they stray from their initial purpose to please others. Their blogs get filled with fluff instead of substance and it is a real shame to see that happen.
How about you, dear readers? Do you blog for self-expression/creativity or just to attract readers? Have you found a balance? Share your thoughts with me in comments.