Daily Prompt: Personal Space

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?

I set up this blog for my writing, and sometimes my lack thereof. Sometimes I digress and fangirl though most times I push myself to do the Daily Prompts to get myself writing again. Sometimes I write about something that bothers me although most of the time, I keep most of my thoughts to myself, and off the blog.

Because if I were to really blog – and I mean, really blog about what really occupies my mind – it will be about autism, sensory processing disorders, and my sad attempts at being a good mother. It will probably also delve into why I may not really be that happy about where my life is heading, and the choices that I’ve made in the past that have gotten me here.

It’s not a pretty sight and one that I don’t want to have left behind should I one day just keel over and bite the dust.

Maybe one day I will, but for now, I refrain from doing it just to keep my own sanity in check. Plus, I’ll never forget the time someone said to be, “pearls before swine” and it took me quite a while to really understand what she meant, and the context in which it was said.

So, do I do this to attract readers?

No, I have better use of my time than try to conform to what I believe will attract readers to this blog. It’s difficult enough to really be truthful and write what I really feel so why waste whatever motivation I have left in penning my thoughts onto this blog just to increase readership?

You either like what you read here, or you don’t – and move on to some blog that does.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of some roses I snapped at the store today in the midst of grocery shopping, which also brought a smile to my face.

6 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Personal Space

  1. I blog fairly honestly (if elliptically and incompletely) about things that are really important to me. I set my blog up as a place where I could really let go of that stuff. What I’ve discovered, oddly, is that the more I write about certain things, the further they recede, in the sense that I think I haven’t captured all of it. But if i couldn’t write there openly about stuff that was on my mind, I don’t think I’d do it.

    1. I’ve found that I write better in the third person about the things that are important to me – hence the story writing. Or I write it with humor, because it’s the only way I’ve managed to deal with events in my life. I admire those who can be open in blogs because I’m that patient in that TV commercial that out at a restaurant is specific about what she wants in her salad but when she’s at the doctor’s office and the doctor asks her if there’s anything he needs to check, she just kinda shrugs and not say anything.

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