Table for One

One of the singular topics of this course is understanding who you are writing for. There’s allusions to something called “reader personas,” which makes it sound like one has more than a single reader. Not likely at this stage.

It feels like many (successful?) bloggers have a clear notion of who they’re writing for as well as the topics that motivate them which resonate with their readers. The rest of us struggle with this, mightily! I created my blog to inspire me to write more often and find again that voice I feel I’ve lost. Does that mean my Ideal Reader is a struggling writer? I’m not a “writer,” meaning I’m not looking to publish anywhere outside this blog, but I think many people do struggle with writing.

So welcome to the Guild of Struggling Writers! If you feel a kinship with that title, and belong to the current round of WordPress.com’s Blogging for Beginners course, leave a comment and I’ll figure out how to set up a blogroll or link to you so we can encourage one another.

Note to self: Too terse!

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Published by mojourner

One writer's quest to rediscover her writing mojo, with a little help from her friends

5 thoughts on “Table for One

  1. Just went back and read this after commenting on your next post. I challenge you to figure out how that happened!

    Again I find myself in a position similar to yours, trying to figure out what I want to write about and who might like to read it after I do that. I think we are both having a problem limiting ourselves re subject matter.

    I have also reconfigured a blog I am now using more or less specifically for the purpose of posting my assignments for this course. I think you should be able to find your way to it. If you do, you can judge for yourself if my assessment is accurate.

    If you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll try to guide you to it. I might have a little difficulty with that, though since, at least when I try to get there, it doesn’t show the posts or even the new theme I thought I’d activated for it with the goal of making navigation to posts easier. Worst case, I’m hoping to figure out how to lessen this confusion for myself and possibly others later in the course or by going directly to the source i.e. the WP Happiness Engineers.

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    1. Now I’m curious! Will see if I can figure that out.

      I think it’s natural to gravitate towards sites with similar opinions or outlook as one’s own. The challenge is being willing to listen to other viewpoints or present differing viewpoints as a starting point for discussion, like my “Success” post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. I looked at the site that’s linked to your username, but there don’t seem to be any posts beyond 2018 there. If you’re currently writing on a different site, please share the address with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. No, that’s the one! And seriously I think a few of us should set up that Guild for Struggling Writers. I’m also sure there is a myriad of ways to do that. If I remember, I may call on my favorite Happiness Engineer and course instructor to help with that, along with a few other issues related to my old and still extant blog. I plan to extend its life that way since, as you know, I think it still describes me and my “ideal reader” pretty well.

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    1. There’s a blog post right there! How to extend the life of a blog in new ways. Good luck and let me know how it turns out.

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