I don’t know much

Since I started my blogging journey I have learned a tonne of shit but also the fact that I just don’t know a whole lot. I won’t bore you with a list of what I have learned, those can be insanely mind-numbing and let’s face it – self-indulgent. Instead, I’ll share the one main lesson I’ve learned; I don’t know shit. I don’t understand what makes a piece good, what makes a piece bad, what people will like and what will count as boring. What to mention, how to mention it and most of all; why. I am quite literally driven by my own intuitions, bias and feelings = eurgh. I know.

I don’t know what you like

My most liked post on my blog is one about fitness – one that still gets likes for some reason and don’t get me wrong; I am super happy that there is a piece in here that continuously and consistently strikes a chord with people. I couldn’t be more pleased. You’ll notice though, that’s the only post I’ve ever written about fitness because I’m not a fitness enthusiast. I am one who believes in it, who made space for it in her own life, it but not one who embraced it as a singular passion. Just someone who sees gains in it and therefore, of course, recommends it.

Which makes for a better content?

I think the fact that I have no clue what my readers want is also a bit of a relief. It means I am not constantly supplying the demand of others, while not supplying for my own. It’s weird but not fully understanding, the fact that I don’t know is somewhat liberating as a writer. It’s an excuse to keep writing what you want and hope that from time to time, you get a comment that says it resonated.

So many questions…

What kind of content do you look for when looking through blogs? Are you grabbed by the title or image more? Or the little snippet you can read before clicking into it? Humour? Sarcasm? Lists? Short content or really long ones? What language do you prefer – formal or informal? What topics? How do you like these explored? Do you like a first person tell or a story from the third person? So many questions and all, I’m sure, incredibly diverse in each and every single one of you. Kind of cool isn’t it? You can post something that doesn’t stand out to anyone but one – that ultimately makes it worth your time doesn’t it?

 

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  1. Hahaha! I actually enjoyed reading this! Forget the tips and tricks and just go for it! I agree that it’s hard to say why a certain post is more popular than others though personally we may think otherwise.
    Keep going though! Let intuition rule. 🙂

  2. If I like the preview that I see in the reader, I will usually click to the full post.
    I have found I really like posts where the writer will ask their audience questions and then actually respond to the comments. I want to make friends with the people I follow, not just be an online zombie follower to them.

    1. Good to know!

      Absolutely, engage I guess. I am totally with you. I’d love to get to know my readers and the people I read. So far, many have been awesome and conversational. Definitely not a zombie status for you! lol

  3. Nice to read some pure openness !! I read blogs that have a bit of diversity in their posts – I see that many blog about a certain topic and mostly most of their posts are about that topic , that’s not a bad thing but nice to read something out of the ordinary for a change 🙂 ..true though , at times do wonder what actually draws in the likes and views … in this case is just pure simple openness !!! – keep blogging and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  4. For me it’s all in the writing. Does it grab my interest and attention and do I want to read more. The subject doesn’t matter as much as how it’s presented. On a personal note, I do not like snippets, I want to see the whole post.

    1. Big help, I’ve never seen it that way before – presentation over subject matter. Ha I guess with snippets I can be partial to if I think that one paragraph has said it all for me. It’s crazy how quickly you can slip into waffle.

  5. Reblogged this on raynotbradbury and commented:
    I know why fitness, cuz the world is trying to get healthy 🙂 (it is the most popular hashtag ever on every channel lol), and WP isn’t an exception. WE wanna live as long as possible, eat clean foods, look haaawwwt, but we end up eating crap anyway cuz of the speedy rush we r creating around…
    About the content. I think it is mostly the style of the writing (for me). If I think its difficult to read (first 5, 7 sentences, I stop, I don’t care about the theme or the idea). We r NOT on the lecture of the philosophy here :))

  6. I like posts just how I like my books: honest and passionate, but positive doesn’t hurt either. Even though a fun rant is fun too. The posts I hate the most are generic, money or attention-grabbing, but also too lovey-hunky-dory-cheesy. I also tend to hate questions in the end to garner some kind of response, but you have so many of them that it becomes a point in itself. I also like witty, singular, decadent and well-written, even though a non-English native writing in unique English is hilarious (kind of like me).

    1. Interesting! can I ask what kind of content you deem generic or attention-grabbing? – just for a little more context.

      I guess the question thing is truly not even about the reader. It’s this ongoing stream of questions in my head that I ask myself. Very rhetorical in nature but of course if someone does decide to answer – that’s awesome.

      Thank you for the input! Shed some serious light.

      1. Examples: “5 things you must see in Rome” / “My bucketlist: 1. Europe” / Question at the end of a post with spring flowers: “Do you like spring? Tell us your spring story.”

        Nothing against spring, of course.

        You’re most welcome.

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