So, If No One Read You, Would You Still Write You or Change You to Right?

I was asked this question the other day … “If no one ever read your blog would you still write, keep and maintain the blog or would you change the way you write so as to keep your blog and be read?” I have asked a few questions to do with blogging and writing over the last week and this question is a continuation of sorts on from the subjects they covered.

So would you?

Would you change your style to be read more often or would you simply take more steps to encourage readers to read your actual style and build up your own like minded community – or would it not bother you in he slightest?

If you were bothered – what steps would you undertake to encourage and enthuse readers to visit your blog and your writing?

Let me know below – Thanks.

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67 thoughts on “So, If No One Read You, Would You Still Write You or Change You to Right?

  1. I write for me. I write to get out thoughts. I write to keep my mind active and happy. I never expected to have more than 5 or 6 followers from the writing group I was in. It is exciting that some others enjoy what I have to say. My blog is me, with all my opinions, joys, and flaws.

    1. I agree, but if you ‘didn’t have readers’ and no one ever interacted with your writing – would you still maintain a blog Jaja or would you be looking at other platforms or .. would you examine the style of your presentation and tweak it to encourage readers? We can all write to improve our skills, and we all do – writing daily is a great way of exploring new ways to who you are – but , if we write to get read which is the principal element to maintaining an open to the world blog, and we weren’t being read – writing style aside – what would be the point?

      1. Yes I would examine the style of my presentation and get help and advice from others. Iโ€™d also look for tutorials on how to increase website traffic and seek out online marketing services.

        1. Yes, l think we all would ๐Ÿ™‚

          However, you thankfully have an excellent readership to your blog and that’s a blessing ๐Ÿ™‚

          Have a great day and keep smiling my friend, it’s still free ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. For about the first two and a half years I had only a hand full of readers. I am now going on year six and now have regular readers but not spectacular numbers, but my blog or writing style is me. It’s things we might talk about if you were visiting my home or farm. Last year, to challenge myself to keep writing I added a feature I called “55 Things”. Short posts of things on my mind at that particular time. As a result of that series it kept me motivated to blog and my readership grew. This year I changed it up and have decided to post a Word of the Week. Just a word that I select and my thoughts on that word. I still have my own style in my own voice but have just expanded my topics I guess.

    1. Hey Ruth, l agree that our writing style ‘ is unique to us, but you changed your style of writing by incorporating 55 Things or would you read that as ‘presentation styles?’

      1. I think it’s more presentation style describes it. Even so the changes I made were intended to benefit me. I found myself struggling to write so in committing to a series I was challenging myself to keep writing. Additional views, readers, comments were an added bonus.

    1. Hey Ashley, l agree, but have you never tweaked your style of writing or presentation which l believe is different to your writing style to see if other ideas and alternatives offer you different responses and reactions?

  3. The joy of being an amateur writer is you donโ€™t need to please anyone but yourself.

    Itโ€™s interesting the way you phrased that question, Rory, because I would change the way I write regardless of what the stats told me. Thatโ€™s to say, if a certain post picked up unusual interest, Iโ€™ll probably think twice about a follow up post. I donโ€™t trust the motives behind all this following etc.

    I enjoy the writing process and I like to mix it up and try new approaches; some work, some donโ€™t, who cares? Itโ€™s just a bit of fun to me.

    1. Hey Ian, what do you mean by this … “I donโ€™t trust the motives behind all this following etc. ”

      So in fact this is indeed a form of changing your style to find a new productive style that might encourage more readings, no? “I enjoy the writing process and I like to mix it up and try new approaches; some work, some donโ€™t,”

      1. No, I donโ€™t do it to gain readers. What I mean is, I might try a different approach or style to see if I can understand how itโ€™s done, being first influenced by the writers and authors I read.

        What are the motives behind following? Is anyone really following 1000+ other bloggers? If not, how can anyone think 1000+ others are following them? I believe itโ€™s just tit for tat and little more than that.

        1. Got you ๐Ÿ™‚

          As to the followings – l agree on that – l wrote about that the other day as well.

          That is a question by itself and one that l find truly fascinating … because as many negatives as there are to this , there are equally as many positives and then there are the false negatives … it is very interesting reading all by itself – the data and the statistics and the moral influence of why people believe this – is equally as intriguing ๐Ÿ™‚

          Sheople peoples is a great subject ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. You can follow as many people as you want ………. BUT the truth is you cannot physically READ all that you follow – so why do it and why do people follow you?

          To be read, or for business sites they think you’ll buy a product or a service …. then we have the whole shebang of the taboo aspect of true readings versus followings – l love it ๐Ÿ™‚

        3. Itโ€™s only when the question is put that I bother with it. We ought to aspire to a point where we donโ€™t need to seek approval for what we do as amateurs. The pleasure of doing it should be enough.

        4. Yes l agree, when do you cease to see yourself as an amateur? this is not saying we never stop learning, for we are always learning .. but you have used the term amateur twice now and it teases my curiosity ๐Ÿ™‚

        5. Well the meaning comes from the love of doing something. Only commercialism changed it to mean unprofessional, inept or shoddy; itโ€™s time to reclaim its original meaning.

          But commercially, if what you do can support you financially, more than just providing pin money, then you could say youโ€™re not an amateur.

        6. Interesting … l never viewed amateur/professional in the same sentence before – although l understand the connotation used. For me amateur is simply at the start of something as opposed to non -professional. Although l guess one might believe that to be like an apprentice … amateur photography, gardening to me is novice or new .. so when l asked l asked in that context only and if that is how you saw yourself.

        7. It stems from amator, which is Latin for lover. Doing a thing for love not money.

          professional, from profess. Declaration of skill or knowledge, to be exchanged for a fee or a wage.

          apprentice stems from the Latin verb, to learn. apprentices were indentured (contracted to their master) but it has something connected to teeth, like dentures. I think it may once have been like a key, with teeth, which made an indentation similar to their masterโ€™s.

          photography is โ€œdrawing with lightโ€, which means photoshopping isnโ€™t actually photography, itโ€™s CAD (computer assisted (or aided) drawing).

          Youโ€™re on safe ground with gardening. ๐Ÿ˜

  4. Someone once told me that not all writing is for everybody but those who do enjoy the works you do post will eventually find you. Much like finding new blogs to follow myself. And having patient blogging friends who know you are a lurker and appear when you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’m like ruthsoaper… I spent the early years having only a few followers. People who actually interacted with me.
    If they all stopped reading, I’d probably post less often, and spend all my time in comments like before. I certainly wouldn’t change what I write. I don’t know that I *could* change it.


    1. Well that’s not entirely true though is it?

      You have a writing style for the series you are currently writing, and a different style for other genres that you cater to – l know l have seen them.

      1. Do I? Interesting. Different facets of my personality?
        Now I’m curious which you saw as being different. I’m always surprised when I read my older posts, even ones from earlier in this series, because I don’t remember half of what I’ve written. It isn’t planned out at all.
        I do remember one post that I did in response to some Ursula posted that took me several days to put together… vaguely remember…๐Ÿคช๐Ÿค”

        1. You see, everyone changes their style all the time … they do so hugely or marginally, they react to audiences, they change their style to reach an audience to read their material.

        2. Yes, I want the people reading to enjoy it. I want to share my interests and hopefully educate.
          I don’t know that I would switch it ALL up just for the readers though. That wouldn’t be any fun for me. Suddenly switch to something like fashion or beauty/makeup/hair… totally not my thing. But yeah, when everyone showed interest in Sven, I included him more. But, I still include all the birdy stuff and it’s not as popular, but I like it.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ All about Balance, grasshopper ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        3. I am also having this conversation with Stephen Blyse in Facebook and we are also discussing this very topic … that you and l are also discussing

          It’s not so much a case of changing your style or switching it all up, it’s a case of making the reading more entertaining so as to be read and more bloggers do that than they might even realise … they tweak their style to be read … yes there are those who say .. l write for myself – great and terrific – but they also have a strong desire to be read … so that they can connect on some level with people, to receive a reaction or a resonation – to know that they are not alone, to entertain , to reach out, to understand, to not feel lonely or isolated … to make others feel welcome, or loved, or to educate … there is no point in writing in an open blog with reader’s eyes watching if no one reads anything you write … so we tweak.

          l don’t NOT write for myself – l create stuff that l am passionate about and then l write them for a wider audience to garner readings from the readers – l therefore try to make each of my posts interesting or entertaining in different ways โ€ฆ because if no one ever read, l would be doing something wrong .. and l donโ€™t believe in writing and therefore using my time to create something to be read if no one reads.

          I create stuff that l love, but it doesnโ€™t always have a huge response and l only let go of ideas if they are taking too much of my time up. With only three posts a day, l need to have content that is being read โ€ฆ

        4. I think my community will still interact with me, but even though my stats have skyrocketed, I don’t really see it in interaction. What are “views”??? And followers? Honestly, I maybe have 50 at the outside.
          I think my personal experience will stay the same but my views will probably drop.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

        5. I don’t think so .. l think you are probably going to expand and find a new niche for you to write about that will have as much impact as this does ๐Ÿ™‚

        6. You know more about the details of blogging, so I believe you.
          I don’t “think” I just go by instinct. I guess it’s a kind of thinking. Just not a conscious one.
          Like this whole thing… when it’s pointed out i recognize it, but if someone doesn’t point to it, I dont consciously recognize it.
          Which is also weird because I do notice details.
          I’m just a simple complex person๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. I thought about moving away from WP and opened up another blog just in case. I’ve only done a few posts, and not had much interest, so to be honest, apart from a courtesy check which increases by overall views by one every time I log in, I leave it alone.
    At the moment I am happy with WP and the way my blog is going, but if I ceased to enjoy writing, or people didn’t interact with my posts, I guess I would fold.

    1. Hey Di, why were you thinking about moving away from WP? What were your motives?

      So as an example, instead of folding the blog due to potential interaction losses – would you not perhaps tweak the way you do things to encourage more interest on the posts you already do?

      1. It was a thought if I couldn’t get on with the block editor Rory, but I’m still able to use Classic, so am well happy. I’ve used the block and it’s OK-ish but like everything else, it’s a case of what you get used to.
        As for tweaking my posts to suit readers, I tend to write for myself more than anything else, and so far people seem to like my writings.
        It’s like my music…….. I play for me and if people want to listen that’s fine, but if they don’t like it, I am more than likely to stop playing.

        1. You know, I never really thought about it that way Rory! Thanks for the nudge. You’re right, guess I’ve got the best of both worlds at the moment!!

  7. I’ve been writing two blogs for seven, coming on eight years. At first I had very few readers but I kept going. I knew nothing about blogging so I had a lot to learn. My style, such as it is, developed over time. I learned that if I wanted views I needed to post regularly. Even now I can see that views drop off dramatically if there is nothing new to read. I started doing blog challenge posts. Writing challenges helped me find new subjects to write about and photo challenges because I love sharing my pictures and when I post photos I always have to talk about them. I knew that these activities, as well as inspiring me, would bring more readers to the blogs. Actually one of my blogs is a niche blog. I’m a doll collector and I read other doll collectors blogs. I felt sure the doll people would find me so the main thing I did there was to set up a weekly post every Friday that I practically never miss and I tweaked the layout of the blog to make it easier to read and to search for information. I have a co-writer now too and that helps us cover a wider range of doll related subjects.
    We hobby bloggers like to say we write for ourselves but I and most bloggers I know value the comments, the likes and the interactions within the community so that’s not really true. At least not for me.
    Last year I looked into the idea of blogging for profit. However, after some months I decided that I could not write about stuff that I was not interested in even for money. Would I stop blogging if I had no readers? I don’t know. I guess I would stop if I was bored with it and with no reactions maybe I would be.

    1. I love that term ‘Hobby Blogging’, more than the current term ‘personal blogging’ .. it is more apt l feel and you are right irrelevant to what is said at times .. the interactions, reads, likes and comments makes the day complete for many writers … but sometimes it is easier to say ‘you don’t care’ if you don’t get any interaction … but everybody cares – because no interaction makes us question our purpose and point.

      Fabulous and interesting response comment Sadie, my many thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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