This week‘s Let’s Talk Bookish comes courtesy of Nicole @ Thoughts Stained with Ink:
Imagine you’ve spent several hours, even days, perfecting a post that you’re so excited to publish. Finally, you hit publish and eagerly await the response. But the response is not as much as you’d expected, or worse, it’s nonexistent. Has that happened to you before? How do you handle poor post results? Do you think there’s usually a cause for poor post results?
I think that this happens to everyone at one time or another. People get busy, and expecting everyone to be available to read your post, you know, timely, is setting yourself up for failure.
The truth—well, my truth—is that you can’t do this for the responses anymore than you should buy Christmas presents expecting presents in return.
So, again for me, I don’t do this for you guys. I do it for me. I love every response that I get, and I am so happy to have met so many crazy book lovers like me, some of whom I consider friends. But I write for me. I don’t write for them.
I write because I love talking about books. I write because it makes me happy.
So, if there’s a post that gets no engagement, well. I’ll notice, sure. I might think “Well, that sucks. I thought folks would get a kick out of it. Oh, well.”
And then I move on. Because the real fun—the writing—was already had.
Now, my IRL friends, the five that actually read the blog (which is another rant for another day) are going to say “but you market the SHIT out of that blog. Why do you do that if you don’t want readers?”
Of course I want readers. I started this to have conversations about books, and conversations with my golden retriever aren’t productive or useful.
So, yes. I market. I treat this like a job, and I work hard at it. I want readers.
But I don’t need them.
Still love you guys, though, and wish I could give you some of the chocolate peanut butter chip cookies I made last night. 💕