I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who’s noticed that the posts on my blog that draw the most interest from other people aren’t necessarily the posts that are most interesting to me or that I consider my best posts. That discrepancy between readers’ reactions and my own has been longstanding on my blog, but sometimes I’m quite surprised by which posts take off.
These Sunday posts about blogging tend to be quite well-received. Where Will Your Blog Be in 5 Years From Now? did particularly well. For me, these kinds of posts just add a bit of variety, but they’re very much a side dish rather than the main course. However, it seems like people want to talk about blogging. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep thinking of things to write about in that topic area, but we shall see.
A post I did not long ago on whether crying was good for you drew lots of views, and it also generated piles of comments. I wasn’t expecting that at all. In particular, it seemed to draw a lot of Indian commenters, but I have no idea why that was the case.
I also get surprised by what draws people from Google. For the last while, my post on chakras not being literal has been going strong as my #1 Google target. Presumably, there’s not much competition for that kind of article, and apparently, people are asking.
Sometimes, posts about topics that I find really interesting don’t get that much attention, but I’m fine with that. A trickle of views over time works just as well as a post that surges out of the gate and then falls flat.
I could try to tailor my writing to fit what’s popular, but besides the fact that I can’t predict it, I just don’t want to. I don’t really care what other people want my blog to be. I’m going to do my thing, and if people don’t like it, I’m not expecting them to read it. Writing for what your reader wants makes sense if your blog’s purpose is business; otherwise, I say do whatever floats your boat, whether that be writing for yourself, your readers, or the guinea pig giving you the stink eye because you’re late on dishing out the celery (ok, maybe that last one is just in my world).
Are you ever surprised by what does or doesn’t draw readers to your blog? Do you ever adapt your approach based on readers’ reactions, or lack thereof?