I got an email from a friend of mine today saying that she read my blog and that she liked it.
For the most part.
She thought I spent too much time dwelling on the negative aspects of life, that I got too deep and too heavy too often, and that my posts on things like depression were very difficult to read.
At first I got annoyed, but then I thought that maybe she had a point because her comment is indicative of why my traffic plummetted after my recent posts on depression. I lost 200 readers in one day. They have stayed lost.
Which brings me to the question –
Why do you blog?
And the question which follows from that –
What do you consider to be appropriate subject matter for your blog?
When I started blogging I thought I was doing so to develop my writing style, to hone my skills; but as the weeks and months have progressed I realise that I mostly blog to try and make sense of my life. And because of that I do delve into the darker subjects.
I rarely check my stats. Part of me is interested in the traffic, but the other part wonders what it’s all about. Really. However, to lose 200 readers is one day is fairly sobering and did make me question what I was doing.
I enjoy blogging. I see it as part conversation, part storytelling, part sharing of ideas. But if my sole purpose is to get as much traffic as possible and perhaps write about things I am not really interested in, then I don’t really see the point.
My core group of readers who leave comments and engage in the discussion at hand, mean the world to me. When all is said and done, that is what it’s all about.
So I thank you all for sticking with me through the good stuff, the bad stuff and the I -wish-I-hadn’t-said-that stuff. I am really grateful.