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.