First before we continue any further – my sincere thanks to all who have followed the Blog Series Questions. There have been 35 questions in total, and today’s question is the last one. Although all 35 questions will appear in a single post and be reblogged for a couple of weeks from tomorrow, should any have missed the daily questions and may wish to address any of the topics within.
This series was started for a genuine ‘research reason’ and only a couple of bloggers which includes myself and one other know why and oh l mustn’t forget the actual challenger. Panic not, nothing dastardly about it … let’s just say about a month or so ago l was challenged to something and well, l must say – l cannot resist a challenge! So took up the gauntlet thrown at my feet.
I will reveal more in the coming months.
However l just wanted to express my genuine thanks to all the readers who have commented or made posts concerning these questions. As said today’s questions are the very last ones, and require a bit of deep thought and honest answering.
Many thanks, Rory
Let me know your views on the questions below in the comments section.
How Specifically Unique … are you to your blog’s personality today?
I have said before that the initial blog A Guy Called Bloke was started for a very different reason and had that original path continued this would have become a much darker blog and in truth may not have been still here as in 2019. However a couple of months after it was created, l had an epiphany and turned everything around. I stopped being darkly depressive and kicked depression out of my life and then started being me again. I had for too long been another person, trying to please and appease others and forgetting who l was and who l wanted to be. So l literally threw off the shackles that binded me and pledged to simply write my journeys down and display them to the world. Of course the blog experienced an awakening in November 2017 and l at my own concession am not unfamiliar to awakenings having experienced several during my life.
This blog isn’t an ‘extension to my personality’, like for instance my online gaming characters were – no – this blog is my personality! So the readership reads the good, bad and downright fugly at times about who l am? My readers journey with me.
Principally l write for myself and l get a real buzz out of archiving my exploits – they are here for me to constantly look back upon of moments in time in my life. But also, l do write for a wider audience – my readership – yes, the folks reading this now.
80% of what l decide to blog about is principally for me personally and my readers also are privy to that, but the remaining 20% is very specifically geared towards the readership themselves – be this in the way of prompts, challenges and the games. I love those as well, but l did not need to include those in my blog – not at all – l do and did so deliberately to further encourage engagement and interaction from my audience. Now, l am not alone in that – l am surrounded by like minded souls who perform the same tasks in the form of the already mentioned term – prompts or just asking questions at the end of each post – the basic core to blogging.
So from last year l decided to very specifically display another side of my mind and that was the stimulation side – the side that requires more than just reading, but interaction.
So, the question l have posed ‘am l specifically unique to my blogs personality today?’ Well yes l am, because l am now having fun as well as deliberately encouraging responses from my readership to further engage and interact with me. But l didn’t start out like this as l have explained, l changed and in so doing the change incorporated reflections of my audience – meaning l write with intention to illicit more response or if you wish, l write for an audience using entertainment as my draw.
Whilst l am NOT specifically a huge party animal or a social beast – l enjoy retelling stories and entertaining others as well as involving myself with words and quizzes. So my audience influences 20% of my blog without a shadow of a doubt.
Now how influenced are you by your readership? Also how does that affect your decision making with regards your personality within your blog?
Has your blog evolved to accomodate the desires of your readership in any way? To the point that it detracts you from your initial creative path? Do you write things only for your audience that you normally wouldn’t write?
Have you found that maybe your audience has expectations of your style and personality and perhaps they have stereotyped or pigeon holed you at all into one genre?
When we first begin our blogs we travel down the unwary paths of uncertainty with regards our market audience. I have found that there are five phases – l might be off base, but this is my personal opinion and observation ..
We acquire followers, then an audience, then a wider audience with a readership, then a devout readership, then we further acquire favourites and finally from all of the aforementioned we develop online virtual friendships from within our audience. So it might stand to reason that as we traverse this path we become influenced by our readerships and friendships, and we find we don’t wish to upset certain people by continuing with some things, or leave them out or cause them to stop following us.
So at that point, do you think that you might become even more influenced by the ‘red blog tape’ syndrome? Where upon, you don’t wish to cause too much upheaval, and perhaps plans you had initally might be on hold. Do you think at that point you might not follow original blog ideas? So, would then a readership influence you away from being you, so you become more … them?
I had a conversation with someone about award nominations a few weeks back and they said they had lost confidence in nominating people, because they didn’t wish to upset any of their favourites and that they felt obligated to not always comply with the actual award criteria, but to only nominate their friends. When l further suggested that it shouldn’t be an issue because of the criteria of the award itself and that NOT everyone might be applicable – they just downclined and refused to comment further by saying that the social standing was more important than the process of nominating.
So does this mean therefore that bloggers become entrapped in this red blog tape or what is socially acceptable in given circles or niches? If that is the case, then are we all as writers and independent thinkers programmed purely to rely upon the influences of our readership?
What do you think?
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