Hello, and happy Saturday! I hope that you’re all having lovely weekends so far. I didn’t have school on Friday, so it’s a long weekend, and that has been really nice. I’m excited for this week’s LTB topic, even though it’s a day late, and because I don’t have much else to put for the intro, I’m going to get right into this discussion post!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is Do bloggers owe their readers and vice versa? (Suggested by Rukky)
Do bloggers owe their readers anything?
No. Blogging is a hobby, and bloggers shouldn’t feel like they are pressured to post certain content, or a certain amount. Blogging should be you, making yourself happy, and having other people join on for the ride. It shouldn’t be you changing every last detail to do what you think your readers want.
Your readers will change. They will want to read different things, and as they change, you are also changing. You might want to try new things, write new things… you just are going to have to find the audience for what you love to write about.
Do bloggers deserve anything from their readers?
I think that bloggers deserve respect from their readers, and they deserve having polite readers who aren’t going to be rude about their content. That hasn’t happened to me, but I think that it is the only thing that readers need to give bloggers. Bloggers aren’t owed views and comments, and readers don’t have to read any blog post they don’t want to read.
Do you think there’s a specific etiquette that bloggers/readers should follow when interacting?
Be kind and respectful, and pretty much just stick to that. Interacting with other bloggers if you’re a blogger yourself is really important in making friends, but it can be hard to keep up with every blog you follow, so don’t feel guilty if you don’t have hours and hours every day to bloghop.
Do you as a blogger pressure yourself to provide certain things to your readers?
I definitely have in the past, and although I’d like to say that I don’t anymore, I know I still do. If I see certain posts do better than others, I might push myself to post more of those kinds of posts in hopes of getting more interaction on those posts. Sometimes that can be a good thing for me, but sometimes it just ends up being more stressful for me.
Do you do certain things when you read a blog post?
I definitely do! If I feel like I have something to say in response to a post, then I’ll leave a comment if I have time. When I’m reading a post, I try to enjoy the content, but that’s not all I do. I’m also thinking about ideas for my own blog posts, and if it would be fun to do something like that. I’m thinking about if I want to read more of this blog, follow it maybe. Or if I’m following the blog, if there are some posts I need to catch up on. It’s a whole bunch of things at once for me.
Wrapping this up…
Blogging is complicated, and different people are going to want to read and write different things. It’s about finding what you love to write, and finding an audience based on what you write. Readers and bloggers don’t owe each other anything other than respect.
Do you think that bloggers owe readers anything? Do you think that readers owe bloggers anything? Chat with me in the comments below!