The Writing Conundrum

I have a peculiar issue.

Now, before your mind goes wild imagining things, let me clarify. I have a particular issue related to writing.  I enjoy writing. In fact, I’m fortunate that it comes quite naturally to me. But I am not entirely sure if I can call it ‘love’.

 

You see, every time I read on someone’s blog that they feel they were born to write or that they write because they would ‘die’ otherwise, I feel akin to gazing into the dark, starless night sky. I know there is something there – a truth in their words, perhaps. But it baffles me – because I can’t see or feel this ‘passion’ like they do.

 

No, I am not talking about their work, but rather the fact that personally, I don’t look at writing that way. It is the same sort of bizarre feeling that I have when I read/hear some authors state that they write because the story grows so much inside them that it starts to ache, that they can’t wait to get it out. Which on a side note, reminds me of pregnancy.

 

For me, writing is just the best way of expressing my thoughts and often, the clearest way that I can put across what I want to say. I’ve never felt like I would die if I stopped writing or blogging. In fact, I don’t even feel compelled to write on some days. Yes, I do start to feel slightly agitated when I haven’t blogged for a few weeks. But to be honest, that is a lot more to do with people asking me about my next post or me wanting to write about something, but being unable to write. The fact that this is perhaps my first non-commissioned piece of work in over a month should say something about all this. That, and the fact that I’ve been battling some health issues; but those are topics for another day.

 

Writing is pretty cathartic for most of us. So I suppose it is for me too. And no, it doesn’t come easy for anyone. Even people who churn out page after page – I’m sure they don’t have it easy. It’s not like they sit in front of the laptop and just vomit words. It requires a lot of effort, patience, drive and most of all, struggle.

 

 

 

If you don’t like it, don’t promote it. It is that simple. But if you do, remember to shout out loud about it. Never underestimate the power of a word-of-mouth share.
I must confess – a lot of these ‘claims’ are ones that I spot on blog descriptions or Twitter bios. But it always gets me thinking about my ‘relationship’ with writing in general. The other thing that often gets me wondering is bloggers constantly going on and on about lack of readership or comments on their blog.

 

Yes, I’ve been there too – when I started blogging, I spent the first year worrying about numbers and comments. I think that at a point I was even having nightmares that nobody would ever read what I wrote. And if I’m honest, that’s still something I occasionally think about. But I’d like to think that I’ve come a long way from there and am no longer losing sleep over posts not being read or shared. Well, not overly anyway 🙂

 

 

 

  • Do not value your work solely on the basis of comments on your blog or the number of shares. But don’t dismiss it entirely either.

 

  • Every blog will have a set of loyal readers – the number might vary from 1 to a ridiculously large one, but every blog has it. And it will keep fluctuating.

 

  • Every one has a life outside blogging. So should you. Do not obsess over it; but at the same time, don’t treat it too lightly either. Don’t always expect your readers (even the loyal ones) to read your posts within minutes or even days of posting.

 

  • The amount of information that we are all privy to on a daily basis means that you need to be constantly sharing your work to keep it visible. But yes, don’t go overboard. Use your common sense.

 

  • Not everyone comments on blogs. Usually, the majority of people who comment on blogs are other bloggers. The average reader – they prefer to read, and maybe share at best.

 

  • I’ve been both quoted and misquoted saying this. ‘Everyone can blog, but everyone mustn’t.’ 

    It is not me being elitist. Or being condescending. I’m just being honest. Have you ever wondered why most people who comment on your blogs are mostly bloggers themselves? Compare this to writers (or really popular bloggers) whose works get read, shared and commented upon widely. Here’s what I think the difference is. A lot of us (including me!) have often treated our blogs as online versions of a diary. Okay, calm down. Put those swords down – hear me out, will ya? Yes, that’s your choice. But remember this – Not everyone wants to read a something that reminds them of a diary entry. Unless you’re famous, probably. But people do love personal notes and stories. Because they’re relatable. Because most (if not all) of us have probably gone through something similar or know someone who have had similar experiences. And that’s where I think sometimes our blogs tend to fall off the wagon. You need to be able to find that line between a blog post being a personal ‘Dear Diary’ note and encouraging your readers to chime in with their own thoughts.

  • Remember, blogging is not just about writing. The moment you hit publish, it’s visible to the whole world. So don’t put things that you might regret later on. Or write things that you can’t stand by. Blogging is really about engagement. So, write more engaging posts. . Leave open the opportunity to discuss your post – perhaps a question at the end? Respond to comments regularly and similarly comment engagingly on others posts. In fact, some of the best blog posts I’ve seen are the ones where the readers have opened up so much in the comments section. And to me, that’s an important measurement of how people view your blog.

 

Happy Writing, everyone!

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  1. Hi Sid! I stumbled on to your blog and I am loving it! I love writing especially fiction but I don’t put the effort in and yes it isn’t easy. I started blogging as a way to get my writing muscle to exercise more. It’s also very cathartic and a break from my corporate job. I love reading other blogs no matter the subject and I’m now so excited I can add yours to my reading list !

    best,
    Anjie
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  2. I am one of those who claims to love writing. I am a technical writer by profession, so I am one of the few who “love” what they do for a living.
    But when I say I “love” writing, I mean that, I am addicted to writing. That said, when it comes to professional writing (the ones that pay), it is a job that is associated with its own stress and tensions – for example, I have a deadline this week and I am unable to come up with an idea to write about It is no fun as I strain every brain cell, but the truth is that when that idea hits and the document grows, it is a pretty exhilarating feeling. I am not sure if “love” would be a suitable word there because I don’t equate my writing to, say, my daughter, whom I love very much indeed.
    As for nonprofessional writing, I suppose as human beings we all have an innate need to communicate. Many of us talk, some of us prefer writing – especially those of us would rather face a firing squad than talk to another human being !

    1. Ah! You’re one of us then 🙂 (Ref to the firing squad statement!)
      I understand what you’re saying – and I suppose, I can relate to it too. As I said, I enjoy writing, but can’t claim to feel that the ‘Earth will stop moving’ if I don’t write types. So not quite love, but yes, enjoy would be a more suitable word.

      As for your work writing, I’m sure you’ll figure something out 🙂 Good luck!
      And good to see you here!

  3. Valid points Sid. To each his own. I love reading and writing but there are days when I don’t feel like or am unable to write (this isn’t copying your lines :D). And it’s better not to put one than put up a forced one. Blogging is for me, more than just putting out a story (and I suck at personal ones) measuring it by comments. It has become more about the blogosphere where you have received so much love. A space you can return to and maintain what you have started and what you have made of it 🙂 Happy new year :))))

    1. Haha! I think we all go through those phases – and I totally agree about not putting up a forced one. Because it always shows.
      Whatever works for you, that’s the important part. BE it fictional stories or personal ones.
      Good luck! Happy New Year!
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  4. I have been blogging for over eleven years now, I still don’t get the comments and the reader participation that I had hoped for. Actually my first blog was just a means of providing a link to the archive of a radio show that I was doing with my friend on the community radio. Once I started doing that I realised that this could provide me with an outlet to write. Must have averaged four posts a year for the first five six years (so much for an outlet for writing).
    Only in the last few years, since I turned to flash fiction, has my output increased. Plus writing for a group has ensured that I do get a few readers now and then. Sometimes I write something that I am really satisfied with and then find that the readers have gone silent. At times like these you do question yourself, your ability to write and get plagued by self doubts until it is time to write again. But while it may be just hundred words that I write, I find that this weekly writing exercise has started helping me when I have more to say.
    I still feel I have stories inside me and one day will find the right words to tell them. Till then I will blog, readers or no readers.
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    1. Wow! Eleven years, huh? That makes you a true veteran when it comes to blogging.
      Thank you for sharing that snippet about your journey and where you are presently. The crux of it all is that you’re happy where you are and doing what you’re doing – and that’s the important part, I think.
      Good luck, and here’s to many more years of blogging!
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  5. I love writing personal posts and I love reading them on other blogs too. There was a time when I used to fret over the low number of comments on my blogs, but these days, I have learned more the art of blogging. Even when I receive a couple of comments alone on my blog, I don’t get bogged down these days, because in the end, it is I who should be satisfied with my writing. There are a lot of bloggers who read through a post with out commenting too. So, if you put your post out there on the social media, someone or the other would be reading it, no matter what.
    Loved the post !

    1. I do too, Maliny. It gives us an interesting perspective and amazing insight into the thought process of others too.
      You nailed that point – ‘we should be satisfied with what we’ve written’; that’s what matters the most.
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  6. I wouldn’t die if I do not write but I think writing has made a difference to my life and I would continue so that I don’t let go what’s important.
    I agree to all those pointers. A lot of times, people do not comment but we know they are reading. I have started to get myself away from the numbers but it’s not easy. I am taking baby steps and they are working but there is a long way to go. Sometimes just being a part of the crowd worries me and I wonder if I am really standing out. But I guess those doubts also help us stay put and be better.
    Have a great 2017, Sid.
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    1. Absolutely – writing has made that difference to all of us, I believe. In fact for me, I also think it fills a slightl void at times.
      You are already a popular blogger; stop worrying about stats and numbers. Have a fabulous 2017!
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  7. I think this is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while! Honest, direct dil se! I won’t say more as a lot on it and more has been said in the comments above. Suffice it to say, you wrote what’s been on my mind! As always, inspired!

  8. Good points. I like writing, I do. And, like you said, stringing words together comes easily enough. Yet, I don’t feel a burning urge. There isn’t the “i’m-going-to-die-if-I-don’t-write” kind of drama about it in my life. I can certainly understand that some people may actually be driven that way. But, like you, I’m not amongst them.

    As far as stats go, yes, we’ve all worried about them, I think. I was a little needy when I first started. No, quite needy, for feedback, attention. I just wanted to know how I was doing, that’s all. Did what I write make sense? Did I get my feelings across? Having to shake off 3 decades of rust wasn’t easy.

    My blog has been mostly personal stories, very little fiction and I have some loyal readers / correspondents. I really pushed the blog in 2015 and it wasn’t pretty. I backed off in 2016 and went to work on my “real” writing, the pieces of fiction, the ones I wanted to write, before I realized I didn’t know how to write. That’s the reason for my blog. To learn how to write. I’d forgotten that in 2015.

    I expect the play I completed in 2016 will go on sale online soon. ( I hope! )
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    1. But having followed your work (although not very regularly), I know that your writing has never taken that ‘hit’ – by which I mean that it has never stopped being of a certain quality and your work continues to maintain those standards.
      That’s great news about the play. Do share the link when it does.
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  9. Some thought provoking content here. I wouldn’t die if I don’t write. But I have to admit I go restless. And by writing here, I include electronic as well as paper. As far as blog posts go, I would definitely like being read and commented. If and whenever I blog, I put in a lot of effort because of the sole reason of my aversion to digital media. One of my resolution in 2017 is to rekindle the love with my laptop, tablets and mobiles.
    PS – Please take care of yourself, we love to read your posts.

  10. Totally understand what you mean – I don’t think I would die (even figuratively speaking) if I don’t write. And have never understood authors who talk about a story bursting to come out from within them. Not that I think they are lying. I am sure it is true for them. Just that I have never experienced what that feels like. I write because this is the easiest form of communication for me.

    On another note – I hope you are feeling better now. Take care, you.
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    1. Well, considering you did take a mini-break, and you’re back here, I’m confident that you wouldn’t die. Plus you and I have similar thoughts on a lot of things around writing and blogging.
      Thank you, Shan! And Happy New Year to you too.
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  11. You have been unwell Sid?
    Okay, that is not all I took away from this post but the first thing that hit me! Some points you made here hit home with me. People who are looking to make a living from their blogs do need to worry about the stats methinks. A few will always treat their blogs as an online diary. A few like me who are too chicken to write a full fledged book will just use the blog as a creative outflow… bloggers come in all shapes and sizes (pun unintended). No?

    1. I have been indeed, Anks. But I haven’t told anyone yet – hadn’t rather. So it’s not your fault that you didn’t know about it 🙂

      Yes, stats are important. I do agree – but it’s not the end of the world. IF the quality and engagement is there, the stats will come. Eventually, I’d say.
      And I’m sure 2017 will see you ‘un-chicken’ out and write that book.
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  12. A couple of years ago, for a while I thought I was getting caught up in the whole visitors-comments-stats thing. But thankfully that phase was over very soon. And I am happy that I don’t really bother about any of that right now. I have over the years become very particular about what I publish on both my blogs, and getting a certain number of hits/views/comments/readers is never really the criterion for how I decide what goes on my blogs. Writing is important for me, but the inner dimension of what this outer activity does for me is even more so. That’s why I don’t write just because I must write. I write when I feel I can do it in the right spirit, with the right attitude.
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    1. You got caught up in that, Beloo? You and Dagny are the two people I would never associate with that whole ‘rat race’ thing.
      Your blog is very niche, and your writing is amazing too. And the amount of work you put into every blog post is pretty fascinating and the result shows.
      Wish you a happy year ahead, Beloo!
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  13. Hello Sid,

    I hope you are better now.

    Well, we never die until we…actually die. So, I find it highly overrated when some people say they would die if they do not write. But, yes, for me, it’s disturbing when some thoughts and ideas whirl in my mind, and I am not able to write. I totally agree with Maya Angelou when she says that carrying untold stories is painful. It is.

    When I was new to blogging, I was always worried/bothered about updating my blog or receiving comments, but now it’s okay when I don’t update my blog for a couple of weeks, but as you say, it won’t be okay if I neglect my blog. There are several writing assignments that we need to focus, or many other things in our personal lives. I think it’s okay when we don’t write everyday (We can read that’s equally important) because writing should come naturally.

    And, commenting on your blogposts can be a writing exercise in its own way! 🙂

    Take care and stay healthy.
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    1. Hello Tarang!

      Thank you so much! I’m feeling much better, but it’s a long road to recovery.
      I think that ‘pain’ is a manifestation of our inability of getting those stories out. Well, not inability, but you know, the delay.

      Like that comparison – commenting and replying to comments is quite a writing exercise itself.
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  14. Well said, Sid. There’s life outside the online world, in general. For the most part, the WWW makes it easier to connect, and for those who can invest the time, build a large following. There’s also a lot of noise and it takes special time management skills to tune out or at least turn the volume down to bearable decibels.

    I love writing. And do much of it offline. I never feel the pressure of not posting sometimes, because, in my case I think that those who connect will do it anyway, online or offline.

    Did I say very nice post? Yes, it is! ♥ Wishing you a wonderful 2017! Take care.
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    1. Thank you, Vidya!
      There most certainly is. Oh, I’m very pro – internet-helping -to-connect-with-people 🙂
      Writing offline is very cathartic and of course, without any disturbances. That’s ideal.
      Wish you an amazing 2017 too, Vids!
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  15. Writing just happened to me. It was not something I planned. But once I started there was no looking back. It is not like I would die if I did not write, but surprisingly I always had a lot to write about. Being an opinionated extrovert helps I guess 😛

    Earlier I felt the need to write everyday. That was more of an OCD issue. 20 posts a month blah blah. I’m more relaxed now and write only when I feel like sharing something. I write other things too that I do not bother to share. That’s just for me.

    Having said that, writing was never my calling. It was not what I was born to do or not something I cannot live without. But yeah, I’m tempted to die when I read posts of some others. You couldn’t have said it better. Everyone can write, but everyone should not.
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    1. Haha .. .I wouldn’t call you an opinionated extrovert, but you do like to express yourself. And writing is an amazing way for you to do it – plus, you’re pretty good at it.
      Ah! OCD, huh? Now, that’s a familiar word when it comes to you.
      I’m glad that you write, Soumya!
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  16. Sid, I agree to so many points you mentioned. I write when I feel like writing. I used to pressurise myself initially. But I know now, why I want to write ..blah blah. It is more of a hobby for me right now. I also agree, comparing stats with a highly visible successful blogger is not a good idea. It is better to check on why the blog is getting so many comments and great stats. Most of the times, the blogger has worked really hard for it and the content is equally good. (I check yours :)) I feel it is better to improve yourself instead of cribbing about low comments, feedback.
    Hope you are feeling better now.. Stay healthy Sid.

    1. I am glad you do, Lata.

      I think we’ve all been at the ‘feeling pressured’ to write stage, at some point. And it’s rarely external; it is usually brought on by our own desire to keep doing it.
      You said it – I reckon we can all learn from each other, and that’s the whole idea behind the spirit of community.
      Thank you, Lata! I am much better now.
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  17. It’s one of those “honest to God” posts! Yes, it could be a natural skill, but it does need a lot of honing! For comments, hits and likes, one cannot just simply churn more than their natural ability, without proper training. I have nothing more to add to the discussion coz u said it all and very beautifully too !

    I love the UI of ur blog. It’s clean, rather pristine. The lines and paragraphs are double spaced or more and even comments are neatly spaced. Good thought there 🙂

  18. Loved this post, Sid. Thank you! It sums up much of how I feel about writing. I don’t write every day and can go weeks without writing. I haven’t written for all of December which is such a busy month with all my musical endeavours.

    I did a novel challenge from August to November and didn’t blog at all during that time. I hope to get back to it as I do enjoy blogging. I never got into all the stats and getting lots of followers. Maybe I do tend to use the blog a lot like a diary and my Facebook, too. Oh well. I’ve accepted that about myself and don’t have huge expectations. I enjoy the creative challenge and sharing with others. If they like it and respond, that’s the icing on the cake!

    Thank you for your honesty and down to earth posts. I always enjoy them. I hope to get back into blogging and sharing with fellow BAR members. I’ve missed that.

    1. Thank you, Cat! And that’s lovely to hear. Hope your musical endeavours were amazing and you had fun.

      The novel challenge would have meant that you were writing, isn’t it? That’s always good to keep that writing spirit alive. And to be honest, I’ve read your posts plenty of times – they’re personal, but never do you get into the ‘Dear Diary’ mode.

      Thank you for that lovely compliment. Happy New Year, Cat! Here’s to an amazing 2017
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  19. Writing has been a means of escape for me from the social world outside. It helps me understand things I wouldn’t have otherwise, and I believe it is what keeps me sane in times of despair. If I hadn’t been writing I’d be missing out on a great deal. Of course writing means different things to different people, but it sure takes a very special place for us all. Thanks for all your points, and hope you have a wonderful year ahead. 🙂
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    1. It is for most of us, isn’t it, Dashy?
      But then again, I think writing is sort of constantly evolving and can be different things to the same person, depending on the situation 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too!
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  20. I truly enjoy writing. And I only write when I can’t bear not to. Which is why I’m comfortable with being away from my blog for weeks on end.
    I no longer worry about my stats. I only worry about ensuring my blog only contains posts that reflect my truest self.

  21. And after such a piece you will say that writing doesnt come naturally to you . It would have taken me 1 year to write something like this. I go through phases. At times words move around everywhere and at times they disappear in oblivion . Thanks for a great post

    1. Haha! I already said that it comes quite naturally to me – but that I was surprised that it did.
      And you will be able to write like this – your photos anyway tell us about a 1000 tales. So, that’s always good buddy!

      Happy New YEAR, Anin!
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  22. I haven’t blogged in a long time and I am not dead yet. I have so much to say on this topic and I speak about it every chance I get. I agree with all your points and I have learned my lessons the hard way. The past year has made me realise even more that you need to know what you are writing and why you are writing it.

    PS: I know 2017 is going to be your best year yet.
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    1. Hehe…Ofcourse, death was just a minor exaggeration that I was calling out.
      And I know you’ve learnt your lessons that hard way – but hey, 2017 is going to be awesome for you.
      Happy New Year, Jaibala!
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  23. There are a lot of things l have to say about this topic. I’ve written posts on blogger stress etc. It fascinates and dismays me that some people are so stressed not to be writing/blogging. I am sure some people really love to write but for many it is sort of fitting in by saying so.

    Of course it is mostly bloggers who comment because we want it to be reciprocated. Like you mentioned most of our silent readers and non bloggers ever do. Not that it takes away from the value of the comment.

    Another thing is getting carried away by stats. To each their own. But commercial blogging has made many bloggers wake up to writing to achieve targets. Sometimes that results in writing across blogs that reads similarly and is often overwhelming in terms of the sheer volume of it.

    About sharing, some people do too much of it (their own). It’s good to keep testing what you do on SM. A balance is good. Whatever that is. 🙂

    Every post cannot be a masterpiece. Just stay true to yourself. And most importantly make yourself your own competition. That works the best for me.
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    1. I know you have lots to say about this topic; In fact yours is one of the saner voices that still talk about this.
      I think getting carried away regarding stats and numbers is what kills the enjoyment of blogging at times; but at the same time, it is pretty handy to have. Especially if you re in the field. The other thing is that I’ve heard a lot of people have issues with trying too hard to write – it should be enjoyable, not forced.
      Happy New Year, Rachna!!
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  24. This was just what I needed right now. I have been off my blog for a long time and my latest posts have no comments even though I see the number of views have increased. Every time I open my blog it’s disappointing to see no comments. Of late I see lot of back scratching happening in blog world. Posts that make no sense have more comments sometimes with the bloggers expecting same in return. I know the number shouldn’t matter but yes it does bother me too. I certainly wouldn’t die without blogging, maybe that’s the reason I was away for almost 2 years. Continuing a blog takes a lot of passion.

    1. I am glad that you were able to relate to the post, Maithili. There;s no greater delight than when a reader and fellow blogger says that my posts have helped them.
      Back scratching has been prevalent for a long time, and will continue to be so.
      Good luck with writing, and hope you manage to revive it soon.
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  25. First of all, hope you are doing better, Sid.
    And I have to say, I was missing your posts.
    Now as for writing, well, I think I can express better in writing than verbally. You know when sometimes I’m on the losing end of an argument with S, I tell him that I will write my counter to him. I know, I know, I’m crazy. Anyway, not to digress, I will probably become insane if I stop writing. (Not that I’m sane now ;)) I know I’m just an average writer and I do worry about numbers and comments, to be honest with you. But I don’t lose sleep over it. So, I will also probably not die if I don’t write but I will lose my sanity over it for sure.

    1. Thank you so much, Naba. I’m getting better. And that’s so nice to hear – I promise to write more often.
      Haha! I know writing comes quite naturally to you – in fact you’ve got a record number of posts this year, I believe!
      We all do worry about numbers, but I think at some point it becomes about more than numbers.
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  26. Was nodding in affirmation to all that you’ve elaborated here. I’m an accidental blogger too and will certainly not die if I stop blogging, just that I’d feel something’s missing from my life. As for personal posts and comments, yes, you have me there. I do write a lot of personal posts and shouldn’t expect people to comment. But, then, I only expect other bloggers to comment..;) Strangely, I’ve had more comments on my personal posts than fictional ones.
    Good post, Sid!
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    1. Happy New Year, Uma!
      I don’t think there is any issue with writing personal posts – in fact, I think that’s what people want. Just need to be wary about how personal it gets, I reckon 🙂
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  27. All valid points Sid and I am more of an occasional writer with more drafts and actual blogposts. Somehow I cannot treat it a a personal diary and hence the limited personal posts and fiction on the blog filled with books. Maybe I need to seperate the two? Ah!! Decisions, decisions!
    Sponsored posts are another ball game and I love it.
    So I can safely assume that novel of mine is never going to see the light of day. 😀

    A happy new year to you and folks. Have a great year ahead.
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    1. As long as you’re writing, I think that’s what matters. Not essentially if you’re publishing it or not 🙂
      I don’t think you should separate it – but hey, that’s just me. Sponsored posts are awesome, provided they give you a little bit of leeway with creativity.
      Happy New Year to you too, Indy! And do stay optimistic about the book.
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  28. I have noticed that my personal blog gets more comments than the fictional one. I like to think that it is because people like to read more personal stories and that it is no way a reflection of my poetry/fiction writing skills. 🙂 This year with way less blogging I proved that I won’t die if I stopped blogging for a couple of months. 🙂 But now I feel lost when I can’t blog. Some.valid points you got there, Sid!
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    1. I think you’ve got it spot on! I often think of it as how authors may – you don’t often get immediate feedback for your books or stories. Doesn’t always mean it’s bad.
      I don’t think anyone really ‘dies’ 😛 – it’s just that I’ve wondered if I’m cut out for writing or not, if I’m not in love with it.
      Thanks for reading and sharing, Vinitha!
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  29. Content overload is another reason a lot of people don’t comment and I perfectly understand it too. It’s true that people tend to read silently.

    As for the writing, I wouldn’t die if I didn’t write but I’d certainly feel something was missing. I do love writing /blogging for the Love of writing itself. Hope 2017 is good to you, Sid.
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    1. Content overload is also the reason why people sometimes miss other pieces – hence why resharing and replugging is important too.

      Oh yes. Something would be missing in my life too, but I guess I’ve always been a bit of an accidental writer and blogger. So, that may explain why.

      I hope it is to all of us, Shy 🙂

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