Today’s Daily Prompt asks, “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?”
Well, let’s see…my reason for the tablet is primarily my play space and then the hopes of entertaining/enlightening readers and passersby. If I were to lean towards one way or the other…I’d say play space, personal discoveries, markers met, etc. in the hopes that the fun, fascinating finds might pique the interests of a few (or many – I’ll stick to my numerous claims of not knowing how to count (smile)).
To get through the “Blogging from A to Z” for the first time, I thought a ‘routine’ would be sane. My hat’s off to those who found ways to do double-duty of their regular routine *and* the A-to-Z line. I enjoyed my ‘groove’ of the Monday-to-Friday lineup here and my Camp NaNoWriMo snippet shares here. Oh, and add writings for NaPoMo (the collection to be posted later)… During this adventurous month, I was pleasantly surprised to gain some readers, some followers and an award nomination – thank you, Julie! To sum up the month – 60+ A-to-Z posts, 50,557 words on the novel, 30 poems and a mind spinning as fast as the wheel above (well, imagination required to place that back into the water pumps by the Falls and then the standstill – smile).
As for new bloggers read and found …about 150. New fun finds to follow….quite a few!
**Belated Addition** Thanks to the commenters for their enlightening insights re: the Questionable post. I did learn a lot about the purpose of the challenge and different takes on it from those who have done this before! Since this was my first time through, the only thing I could think of changing would be an easier way to navigate the Blogger sites to leave comments – half of them were reader/commenter friendly, others added to my bookmark collection. Otherwise, discovered many new blogs to read/follow. So that would be the chief takeaway from this fascinating challenge that I’ll probably sign up for again next year. ****
Would I focus on only certain things to triple the number of readers? I don’t think so – not if I were true to myself in creating what interests me, sharing things I enjoy and following whichever way the Muse takes me. If one favorite topic were to offend and suggestions made that I drop it (say the Snapshots or Psalms), I couldn’t,wouldn’t do it.