Melanie asks……………….

This is Melanie’s question

My “Blogging Insight” question deals with 

How thick a skin do you need to be a blogger?

“Bonus question”  How important is being understood?  There are one or two bloggers here who put a great deal of time and effort into crafting their blog posts and I’ve heard them express dismay (disappointment) when people don’t necessarily “get” what they mean.  Also, if people don’t ‘say’ (comment) a lot about a particular post they’ve worked hard on.

How thick a skin do we need:
I learned a long time ago that a reader doesn’t always interpret the written word the way the writer intended, and have actually reread something I wrote following a comment picking up on something that wasn’t what I meant at all!
I guess it all comes down to the wording, and I admit in that particular instance mine was crappy, and I was quite rightly reprimanded over it.

Not all comments are ‘nice’, but everyone is entitled to their opinion, and let’s face it, if we don’t like what is said, implied, or the way it’s written, we don’t have to approve it do we.
These days, it doesn’t seem to matter how careful we are, someone, somewhere will take offense at something that’s said, so whether they’re bloggers or not, their skin must be paper thin (my opinion of course).

As for being understood, Alan Greenspan puts it extremely well.
When I started my blog way back in 2013, my posts were long……… too long, well over 1200 words and so didn’t get much traffic or interest.
I remember how excited I was to get my first comment, and started to follow people with pets, lovely photographs and poetry. Some of the graphics and photos are awesome, and words aren’t needed, but I think a lot of readers are put off by posts that will take some considerable time to read. Some are filled with facts and data, techno speak and jargon, most of which certainly goes over my head, but that same blogger can write humour, poetry or weave a short story that holds the attention.
I love the challenges, be it words or images, and try now to keep my posts to around 500 words or less. I do tend to get carried away if I’m writing about budgets though. It depends on your audience, and a question that was raised a little while ago about reasons why we blog. Do we blog for ourselves or our readers?
We have opinions on posts and comment, we can agree or disagree, we see different things in photo challenges, and can apply our imagination in any direction. We’ve all worked hard on something only for it to not be as well received as we’d hoped, then we can throw something together in a matter of minutes, and it proves to be the most popular of the day.

So I see it as swings and roundabouts Melanie.

What appeals to some won’t to others, or maybe it’s just the way it was done, and who hasn’t done a re-write on something they’d previously published? I know I have.

Any help?

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Melanie asks……………….

  1. Jen Goldie says:

    I love that quote!

  2. I now changed what I on my blog. I try not to made negative comments. If you want comments you must comment on other blogs.

  3. Very helpful Di! And I loved that quote too and probably will steal it as well! 😉 I will always be a ‘wordy’ blogger, but notice that my blog grows anyway. I know that many appreciate brevity greatly and apparently, that’s the best way to grow one’s blog, is to find the deadwood and mercilessly cut it right out. It’s picking what’s dead wood’ and what isn’t that becomes my problem! Thanks for answering! ❤

  4. castorpblog says:

    I startet my blog in 2017, triggered by my daughter who then decided against blogging. I startet solely with poems and got on the needle when I got the first like and follower within 10 minutes of my first post. Now I have a variety ot themes about life, music, love and loves deep valleys. I tell myself, that I write for me but this is not completely honest. I am inspired by what I see and experience and I try to express this with poems, short stories, essays about philosophical and social themes and music. So I do first and for all write for me, but always in the hope that others like what I write and even comment on it. So good online friendships habe evolved and I do not want to loose this whole blogging experience which brought so much social interactivity. It is a thrill for me to start a blog post some times not really knowing where it goes and then start to develop something from scratch. But I also experienced that long texts don’t go too well with a scanning audience.

  5. Sadje says:

    The quote you shared says it the best.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Your blog is very diverse – from the 3 words challenges to posting your take on someone else’s prompts and then the little slice of life posts. The nice thing about WP is that as the administrator of your blog you can delete comments that are inappropriate. That keeps the trolls in check! I suppose the key is the back and forth between the poster and the commenters…

    • Hi Val. You are very kind. I enjoy blogging, especially the feedback and comments. I have been lucky and only had a few nasties,
      but appreciate personal opinion and the different outlook on things. I get some interesting stuff diverted to spam, most of which make me laugh as the comment is absolutely nothing to do with the post concerned! Have a good day.

  7. TanGental says:

    Love a Greenspan quote. I know my posts should ideally be shorter but I do get carried away

  8. It can be hard as it definitely does depend on the audience, and it is sometimes hard to tell what they may want. While I feel that to be a “successful blogger”, it is important to write for yourself so that it is enjoyable, while pay attention to what the readers want to read.

  9. Carol anne says:

    You make valid points here di!
    It is true, sometimes shortening the posts is better I think, they are recieved better when shorter.
    xxx

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