To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?
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My blog is probably read by some that I wish it wasn’t. But for the most part I am free to write not only the surface truth, but the real under the gut truth.
On this blog you are reading on, I write about Inspirational Stories. I hope that some may reach your heart and cause you a smile. Others may bring a tear. Yet there are some who may even relate to what I am writing about.
This blog has allowed me to face facts about people in my life. I have learned to quit feeling so bad when I feel like I am non-existent. I don’t dwell on things as much as I used to.
I have learned that I have something others enjoy. I am not saying I have talent or am a wonderful writer. I think I speak in terms that get my point across and I am definitely not big on long words we have to seek the dictionary for.
I have been able to write a book on here. From what I understand from my Editor, it is about ready to become public. I have ventured out a little and have started on a second book and even a third.
I don’t have a title for the second book. It just goes by chapters for now. Many of you read this one and the third one that is about my brother’s life journey. Writing the last book has been very difficult.
I have had to go back in time and find reasoning for why I feel the way I do or try to help Al through his Parkinson’s and his locked up mind.
This blog has been a teaching tool for me. I have learned more from writing about myself and Al and people near and far then I could have learned from any therapy book.
I also have a blog attached to this called Quotes,http://quotes4meandyou.wordpress.com
This section of my blog has taken a while to take off but it is steadily growing now.
I have one more blog that is linked to these two called, Music That Calms Me. http://mymusicthatcalmsme.wordpress.com I love this site as I can share with my friends all over the world. There are songs that I adore but other countries have not heard of the titles. I can also play them myself when I am in the mood for relaxing music.
I usually keep this music blog for relaxing, but there are some faster music and orchestra plus oldies.
So you can pick up News Week and find out all about the politics you don’t always want to know. You can pick up a current Woman’s Day and read all the trendy things going on with other women our age.
But when you come to my blog, you can pretty well kick off your shoes, get your favorite drink and sit back and listen to the relaxing music, read a quote, and then dig into my short stories. I hope I keep things interesting. I don’t want to bore anyone. The facts are though that my life revolves around my brother, Al, and getting into people’s hearts and souls.
Yes, this is all my space. Mine alone. Even a divorce can not take it a way from me. It is like my purse. My purse is something I never let a child or husband get into it. It is like going to the bathroom and leaving the door open.
So would I stick to one topic that I wrote because it drew hundreds more guests? I think at this time I would have to say no. I have just been learning to accept me for who I am and what I represent. Why would I want to go and change things now after I am able to look in the mirror and say hi and I see a smile reflecting back at me?
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Good post, Terry. The best way to get and keep readers is to be real, and that you always are. Your posts always keep your readers engaged in a conversation, and that is good. Just keep doing what you’re doing. It doesn’t matter if you have a couple hundred followers or a few thousand. The main thing is to engage your readers in something that matters–to you and to them. You have accomplished that here.
Thanks Diane, that means a lot to me
G’day! GREAT photo, TRUE!
I really admore you for running simultaneous blogs at the same time…as I have my hands full with just one too! 🙂
thank you. I spend too much time on here probably, but I enjoy it and it keeps my mind tuned in
And I know that it is not easy to run multiple blog simultaneously. Running 2 blogs aren’t easy for me 🙂
Keep it up, Terry
thanks my friend. It does keep us busy doesn’t it
I agree and I love that photo!
thank u so much Julie! Hope all is well
I envy your energy to be able to write several blogs at once Terry! I lovely post here – straight from the heart 🙂
I don’t write in each of them daily, but I try. Thank you Ken
I love wha you write from your poetry , stories, chapters on your life with Al and Al’s stay away from home. You are an inspiration to me everyday and show me how strong you are which in turn helps me to stay strong. God bless!
Len you make me tear up as I never thought of how I may help others through my writing. I knew I was alone and trying to stay strong, which draws me closer to God each day, but to know I have helped you is a gift from God, thank you so much for letting me know
You are quite welcome, I am blessed (or cursed) with a strong sense of compassion for others, it hurts me deeply to the point of tears and prayer when others are hurting or been hurt. because of this gift I am down alot as I haven’t quite learned how to keep it from depressing me and when I read your struggle with keeping your brothers life on an even keel I know I can make it through whatever compassionate burden I am under at the time. Your strength and ability help to build mine so yes you help more than you know. God Bless love and hugs dear one (((xx)))