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?
Now that is an interesting question. I have been blogging for over 7 years now, and I write at my first proper and longest running blog here along with this blog which I started this January for more frequent posting ie everyday (and thanks to the daily prompt, so far on it!). I started mainly to share my thoughts, clicks and experiences, and to this day, that’s been exactly what I’m doing. I keep the extremely long posts and view type posts over there, while most of my rumblings are here.
As to the question itself, while readership is important, I made many new friends, got invited for some special occasions and quite some good stuff have happened thanks to my blogging (all though no where near to what I’ve seen from others). I write about many different things, and that’s the whole point of it, as I never stuck to any particular genre. That’s why I don’t feel ‘trapped’, and however you define creativity, mine is still free on the loose. While I would love to get more readers and my blogs be famous across the realm, in the end, I’m just a not-so-average guy who writes stuff more like a sophisticated journal with little bit of appreciation. Well, I do dream of being invited and flying to places though. But in the end, I’ll still write and do what I write, even if I’m the only one seeing my work. Because as I’ve learned, while success matters in anything in life, satisfaction matters more and they might not align always. Well, sort of.