Blog related Questions from Melanie

Melanie is filling a hiatus in Blogging Insights by asking;

I had this topic I wanted to explore via Dr. Tanya’s excellent series “Blogging Insights”.   Since she hasn’t come back (yet), I thought I’d just dive in and ask the question anyway.   This post isn’t to be considered ‘legal’ because I didn’t ask Dr. Tanya if it’d be all right to do it.  Enough hair-splitting. 

My “Blogging Insight” question deals with  

How thick a skin do you need to be a blogger?

When we put out our writing for others to read and invite their comments, we also have to be ready for some criticism coming our way. Or some unfavorable comments.

I think a blogger needs to be level-headed and cool. If as a blogger I react to every bit of criticism or to unpleasant comments, I won’t be able to blog for long.

Topics which a blogger writes about, also play a role in inviting fiery discussions. So if one doesn’t want heated exchanges, one should stay away from these topics, like politics, or religion!

“Bonus question”  How important is being understood?  

The full impact of a blog is only when the writer and the one reading it are on the same page. If the writer is not able to clearly write, there could be many ways the writing is interpreted. If that is the aim of the writer, well and good. But if the writer is saying something that’s not being conveyed, then obviously the meaning is being lost.

I do try to write clearly and concisely. As most bloggers have found out, too lengthy posts are not favored by most people, I too have reduced the length of my posts. I find poetry to be a better medium to convey my thoughts. So far I haven’t had any complaints about people not getting my drift.

As far as the commenting goes, I do feel that many people are not commenting on my post as they were, say a year ago. This is an overall change in the blogging world and it may be the new norm.

As Di also mentioned, the time we spend creating a post has nothing to do with how well it is received.

Thanks, Melanie for these thought provoking questions.

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #109

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

I don’t know about you, but I typically spend about four to seven (occasionally even more) hours a day on my blog, either writing, proofreading, editing, and publishing my own posts or reading and commenting on the posts written by other bloggers.That’s a fairly significant chunk of my waking hours and I have found myself wondering if I’m unusual in that regard. I also wonder what I would do with those hours if I didn’t spend them on my blog.

So my provocative question today is simply this:

How many hours, on average, do you spend per day (or per week) on blogging-related activities?

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I think in a nutshell, I’d say I blog the whole day. But….

Not continuously!

My usual routine is that I catch up with my comments, and reader when I get up in the morning. After that, during the day I keep an eye on my WP reader and notifications. I respond to comments off and on.

Later in the day when I’m free, I write and preschedule my post for the next day.

Then I spend time with my family and just before retiring to bed, I take a look at my blog, answer comments and read and comment on the blogs that I follow.

In my estimation, this takes up to 4-5 hours of my waking time.

And, what do you think you might do with your time if you didn’t spend it on those blogging-related activities?

I think I’d slowly go bonkers with boredom if I didn’t have my blog to occupy me.

I still have time to spend time with my family, chat with my friends and when there were no restrictions on going out, I’d go out with family or friends for recreation.

Blogging has not only developed into a very good hobby for me but is also keeping me mentally active, which is very important if one wants to avoid early dementia.

And the community here is awesome. It’s like meeting friends every day.

My conclusion;

I am happy at the time I spend blogging and it pays back handsomely.

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Relatability and resonance

I am sharing this post from last July. As a part of Fandango Friday Flashback

Rory has asked a set of questions on his blog;

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The Resonation of Relatability?

How important to you is it for you to have a level of resonation or relatability to the blog and bloggers you read from weekly or does it not matter and you read purely for the escapism, learning or entertainment factor and so on? 

Mostly the blogs I follow have to have a degree of relatability otherwise I don’t follow them. The thoughts and the content has to gel with me before I make visiting them a daily feature.

There are a few which are either hilarious or entertaining which also are on my reading list. Short stories, poems or funny anecdotes all to lighten up my day.

Do you like to balance your reading or focus on specific genres only?

I think my reading is pretty balanced. But I don’t go out of my way to include blogs which are totally opposite to my way of thinking. That would be just too much to swallow. But if a blogger that I follow has an opinion which is opposed to mine, I will not only read it but also try to look at things from their perspective.

Finally do you need to ‘get your blogger to get your blogger?’ or do you get the blogger anyway whatever?

This question seems to be a puzzle!

I get what a person is writing but do I completely get them?

Some I do because I’ve been following them for most of the time I have been blogging and there are some that are new and I don’t know them that well.

Reading and perusing a blog gives the ideal opportunity to know the person behind that writing.

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #107

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

So my provocative question this week is about blogging hiatuses.

Have you ever taken a hiatus (break) from blogging? If so, how long did your hiatus last and why did you take it? How difficult was it to return to blogging after your hiatus? Did your stats suffer and did you lose readers as a consequence of your absence?

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For the last five years, I have been traveling a lot. I would travel to America and then back home once or twice a year. When I started my blog, before traveling, I would schedule my posts for a couple of days in advance because it would take me 24- 36 hours, traveling, from home to home. And due to the time difference, the jet lag would be quite severe.

But I never took a hiatus from blogging, just a short leave, telling my readers that I may not be able to respond to their comments or to read their posts for a few days. But such is the charm and pull of the Blogging world that I would return to it as soon as I could.

Even now, I have a small surgical procedure scheduled for Friday, but I am planning to do the same.

I think since I can pre-schedule my posts for up to a week in advance, it is easy for me to manage even when I am busy. Another convenience is that I blog from my phone so I can do it from anywhere, anytime.

So my answer to Fandango’s question is that I haven’t taken any hiatus from blogging as yet or plan to. And I have no idea what effect it would have on my stats or on the number of followers.

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Rory Asks; So if no one read your blog……

Would you still write “you” or change your style?

Rory 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?

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 the slightest?

Hmmmm…….

What if no one read my blog, what would I do?

Change the way I write?

Would I encourage others to visit my blog?

Would I create a community of like-minded bloggers?

Oh, wait!

I’ve done all that and am still doing it 2 years later.

One thing I didn’t do was to change my blogging style. I did add to it though. I was lucky the people like Teresa and Kristian roped me in their storytelling prompts and gave my writing a new direction.

The reason I blog is that I love doing it. It is my way of dealing with all the spare time I have at my hands. It’s also a wonderful way to make friends all over the world and stay in touch with them. Blogging makes me happy and I feel that I am being productive.

So my answer would be;

I still will blog and try to engage people because I love the camaraderie that exists in our part of the blogosphere.

Thank you Rory for another set of thought-provoking questions.

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Guess what? 3000 followers

This milestone was tantalizing me for a few months. Yesterday I got to 3002 follows.

My heartfelt gratitude to everyone, old friends and new ones for being a terrific support to my blog.

You people are the real stars who give me the encouragement to write day in and day out. I am honored by the fact that you visit my blog read my posts, like them and some share their thoughts in the comments.

Thank you all so very much!

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Blogging Insights- Talking to aliens 👽 # 64

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

TODAY’S QUESTION 

How would you describe blogging to someone who has never heard of it before?

First of all, I wouldn’t have to turn any stones to find someone who hasn’t heard of Blogging. In my country, Blogging is not all that popular. Even the educated people aren’t that much into blogs and blogging.

Since everyone, including the semi-literate people, know of Facebook, I would explain Blogging to them as;

Blogging is a form of social media, like Facebook. We write what we think, feel, and want to express on our blogs in the form of a post. We sometimes add photos, images, or videos in these posts as well.

The purpose of a blog is to give us a platform to write whatever we want to write. It gives us the freedom of expressing our thoughts and ideas. We can tell stories, write poems, or bare our innermost emotions and fears in our blog. It is our place to write whatever we want.

We also have the option to publish our blog for others to see or we can keep it private so that only we can read it.

Basically, it’s like keeping a journal, which can share with other people or keep it private!

I hope a person who doesn’t know anything about a blog, gets a clear idea of what a blog is from this post.

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Rory the curious blogger, Asks

Rory is curious ….

What figures or statistics are more important to you and your blog and your overall blogging experience as personal bloggers? 

I think the most important stats to me are the number of comments. This is where the true interaction of a blogger lies. I’ve seen blogs with up to a hundred likes and a few comments. Leaving a comment means the reader has engaged with what we wrote.

Likes are welcome too, but anyone can like without reading.

As far as followers are concerned, they are a number, which can be important in a roundabout way. A blog that has a lot of followers, gives the impression of being a popular blog and more people are attracted to it.

Honestly speaking, I wouldn’t mind having 10,000 followers!

Also, we have many bloggers here that are published authors and they too use their WordPress blog and other platforms to motivate and encourage current and new readership alike, viewings, sales, and inspiration … are your statistics important to you – how so, which and why?

I know many successful authors here on WP also promote their writings through their blogs. I think it is a part of marketing strategy and it’s just like linking the blog with social media platforms. To increase viewership and sales. I think it’s a good strategy.

If I ever become a published author, I’d do that too. 😆

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Blogging Insights – More about Prompts # 63

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

TODAY ‘S QUESTIONS;

 

Before you have written a prompt post, if you read someone else’s response that has the same idea as yours, do you abandon the project, modify it, or continue as before?

Hmmm, very interesting question! I try not to read responses from others to the same prompt. But as a lot of bloggers that I follow, also follow the same prompts, it does happen. So if by chance I am going to write something very similar to another person’s response, I will go back to the thinking room and come up with something different. Sometimes if the prompt is pointing to a definite direction and one can imagine that most people would be heading in that direction, I don’t attempt it because I feel I won’t be able to bring anything new too the table.

The interesting thing about prompts is that we mostly see something different and our responses very accordingly. I’ve seen this with my WDYS prompts. I write my own response at the end, while doing the roundup post. And I do get my own ideas about what to write. Sometimes it is influenced by all the other contributions and at other times, it has been there since I posted that image.

We are all fans of Q&A prompts. How do they spark creativity in you?

I love Q&A posts. It invokes a personal response. Just like Blogging Insights. It also doesn’t requires lot of creative thinking. You just need to answer the questions. One can add a bit of humor and tell a tale or two, but mostly they are straight forward.

However post like “Fibbing Friday” involves a lot of creative fibbing/ lying. I am quite a failure at this type of posts. Perhaps an inherent flaw in my personality can account for this.

Rory, of “A guy called Bloke” often asks interesting questions and those can stretch the creativity! Sometimes one has to answer in a way as to avoid answering at all, if you know the sort of questions he sometimes asks!

Thank you Tanya, for these interesting questions.

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Blogging Insights- Reading prompt posts

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

TODAY’S QUESTIONS 

Do you like reading posts written for prompts? If so, what kind? 

As more than half of my blog posts are written in response to different prompts, I really love prompt posts. Mostly the prompt posts have just the prompt. Some bloggers give a background to the prompt or maybe tell us where the photo was taken.

I like reading and responding to both the visual and written prompts. Sometimes the prompt post pose a question or a situation and we have to work with it.

When you publish a piece in answer to a prompt, do you read entries by other bloggers? If so, do you read them before or after you have written your own?

I run two prompts, one is an image prompt and the other is a query. I read all the responses which are posted in answer to both the prompts.

When I respond to a prompt, either an image or a word, I like to do my writing before I read any of the responses others have written. This lets me use my thoughts and interpretation for writing my post. Later on, I would read the responses by other writers.

Sometimes more than a few writers come up with similar ideas for their posts in response to the prompt, that’s why I prefer to write mine before I read any responses.

Thank you, Tanya for these interesting questions.

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