Confession: lack of comments makes me doubt why I blog
July 16, 2016
“Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ”
—Haruki Murakami, “Norwegian Wood”
We see it more often than we’d like to admit. One week, a blogger we’ve been following for three years is churning out fresh reviews and posts almost daily. Then, a week later, he/she is admits that blogging has ceased to be interesting, that writing posts has become a chore.
That first paragraph was not my confession. I hope I didn’t scare anyone, because I don’t plan on shutting down The Unprinted Protagonist anytime soon.
Everyone starts his/her blog for a different reason, but lately there’s been this idea going around the blogosphere that blogging should be first and foremost for the blogger. Like, “Hey, I know this is a book blog, but now I’m going to write about life because it’s my blog and I can do what I want.”
As crazy as it sounds, I’m really bad at writing about whatever I want.
With a background in scholastic journalism, it’s hard to escape the mentality that what I write is for the public, not for me. One of the hallmarks of good journalism is passionate reader response, both good and bad.
When I started blogging, I sought to share my love of books. Now, I’ve come to love and thrive off comments and conversations. However, my post-hiatus readership decline has damaged that greatly.
I blog because I enjoy sparking conversation and sharing helpful information. Without comments I’m left wondering, “Is anyone even reading this? Does anyone even care? Why am I even writing this?”
Despite ceaseless promises to myself, I find myself struggling to write posts regularly. I don’t think to log into WordPress and start a draft until I realize, “Oh! It’s been a week since I last posted! I better get something online so I don’t end up on another hiatus!” I’m not really sure what I want out of my blog, because I don’t know who I can inform with it.
A million post ideas float in my head, but I find myself wondering if followers would read my latest post or scroll past.
Why do you blog? Do you ever get discouraged by lack of comments?