What do readers want?

It doesn’t matter.

I made a goal this month to write a blog post every day. I’ve only missed one day so far. Rumor has it, if you write it, they will read. Actually, it’s if you build it they will come. Whatever the case, it’s a lie.

Before blogs there were typewriters.Studies have shown that people lose interest in reading if the post or article is too long. This is actually true for me. So I’ve been posting shorter posts this month. Nothing. A few likes here and there. Can someone explain how you get more likes than views on WordPress? Are people viewing the reader and liking the snippet only without opening the post and reading the whole thing? Weird.

I’m going to keep going with my July blogging goal to see it through, but I don’t have much hope. It’s a constant conflict. Blog? Don’t Blog? I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 11 years old. Now I’m old-ish, and the most I usually write are emails and reports at work. I love any show or movie that has to do with writing – novels or articles for publication.

What do people want to read about? The things they want to read about are already being written about by hundreds of thousands of people every day. That’s pretty hard to compete with. The only person I do well competing with is myself. Okay, I’m kind of a rock star at work. That’s beside the point, though.

I’m going to switch gears in August. My new goal will be to write longer posts once or twice per week.

If not writing for the purpose of being read, why blog at all? Why not just keep a digital diary or handwritten journal?

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