Rebecca Thorman is the well-renowned writer for the popular blog Modite, that delves into career and life conversations. I have recently started to read her blog and have added her to my RSS feed last week for my “must-read” list.
Two months ago, Rebecca wrote a blog that has made me stop and think about what am I and where I am going, with respects to my blog.
You can read she wrote here.
I feel she has a point and it resonates to me. Ever since I started blogging on Juice, I have considered myself as a writer. I feel that I do a good job of writing. The problem was that my blog was unable to get traction or a following. I have heard from many individuals who have told me to shorten my blog to 500 words or less, put more pictures in, and make it “entertaining”.
When I created this blog, my goal was to be able to write more in-depth about topics that interested me or has the interest of you. I experimented with my blog to see if I could cut it down to 500 words or less, more pictures, and be entertaining.
I don’t know if it’s working because I still can’t garner the following and the comments to stimulate intelligent and thought-provoking conversations. Do I have to be more “entertaining” and sacrifice my thoughts, philosophies, and ideas in order to build a community and a following? Or is it better to be a writer and stick to what I know so well, which is the written word?
The blogger or writer issue is a fair one to ask and talk about as we progress forward in the world of the blogosphere and social media online.
Are you a blogger or a writer? Where do you stand? Is Rebecca right or is there a fault in her argument?