Thank you to those of you who provided feedback regarding possible big changes that I mentioned in my last post. Most of those comments indicate a preference that I leave everything all in one blog.
I’ve listened. A new blog I was going to start up today will be put on hold pending further consideration. It was going to be one focused on Lasting Love and deal with love, romance, marriage, and long-term committed relationships. Another was going to be focused on parenting.
I’d noticed that for a long time whenever I shared a wrote a poem, song, story I wrote in a post, my “Like” count dropped–sometimes by a lot–especially versus something such a post containing someone else’s humor or quoto (photo and quote).
In other words, it seems that the posts that are of the most interest to me–and the most reflective of my spirit and uniqueness–often appear to be the least of interest to the majority of the readers of this blog (including even a significant percentage of those who do take the time to respond with comments and “Likes” to my other types of posts).
It appears to me that the bulk of the readers want this blog to be more about generic quotos and humor than about what is unique to me and comes from my spirit. There is nothing wrong with that, but it isn’t what I burn for.
Thousands, perhaps millions of blogs spread jokes, funny photos and stories, and great quotes, and many bloggers do it very well. I enjoy such posts a lot. But it isn’t my passion to create such posts as a primary staple.
Another big part of what is driving my consideration is that I now have written over 1,000 posts. With the growth in the number of followers of this blog, I’m now in a situation where perhaps 80% of my readers haven’t experienced about 80% of those posts, and many of what I consider to be my best posts are the ones that will never be seen by most of my followers. I have been re-posting some of the older posts but don’t want this blog to largely become a series of reruns for long-time readers–and as the readership grows, so do my concerns regarding this aspect.
Also, my perception is that out of about 518 followers, only about 30 comment with some frequency. About 94% have almost never or very rarely comment or even “Like” my posts. I’m trying to make sense of that. Is it that 94% who “follow” this blog don’t like it or that I really have only about 30 followers? I’m just attempting to get a better understanding of the situation. From there I can decide what, if anything, I want to do about it.
I figured that if I tried focusing some of my blogs on specific areas in which I and readers of those blogs share a passion, I might be able to find answers to some of my questions, might have a higher percentage of followers who enjoy or are passionate about what I write, and, as a major bonus to me (and perhaps to some of those readers), much of the material that I’ve written over the last three years will find a new and perhaps more interested audience.