Listening to the likes

If you want to write for others, it’s important they like what you write. You can argue they may not know what they like, or you can lead them somewhere new, but in the end, the customer is always right, they decide.

So theoretically, the like statistics are an indicator for what the world thinks about your writing. It might correlate to when you post, how often you post, how well you tag, how much trust you’ve built with your readership, and the luck of the draw of who’s online…but all that aside, you need to believe there’s something there, in the data.

Before the Internet, all this power came from a select few who would review manuscripts and advise on how well they would read to the masses. Now, the writer can pitch it to the world herself. The likes should inform your direction.

Sure, I love the idea of publishing books, the idea my writing will live on after I’m gone. But if none of that happens, this will still be enough, to please people with simple tales and insights. Just by reading, you make it possible…and I really like that. Thank you!

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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10 Responses to Listening to the likes

  1. Gwen says:

    What an inspiring post!


  2. People go on about writing for yourself and I do think that has to be an intrinsic motivator, but if you are intent on being a published writer, blogging traffic/likes is a great way to gauge where you are and where you need to go.
    I like your open assessment and your enthusiasm!


    • pinklightsabre says:

      Nice! Thanks so much for the encouragement. I feel a slacker responder because I post in the morning, go off to work during the day, and don’t have much time to respond to comments…but love receiving them, of course. And yours! Cheers, – Bill


      • I always assume bloggers have real life to deal with. Since I work from home, I’m a little more able to give into my distractions and answer comments more quickly on some days!


      • pinklightsabre says:

        Thanks…I feel a shit when I am doing this and not “being” with my kids. You get it I’m sure – wish I could “WFH…” I aspire to that! Enjoy your evening.


  3. Thought-provoking post. I haven’t been here long enough to be able to gauge the “likes,” but I don’t plan on going anywhere. Hopefully, in time, I can tailor my posts to my readership more. I find blogging to be very interactive, so it is important to write posts, stories that invite communication. Like this one!


    • pinklightsabre says:

      Yeah my wife and I were talking about “tailoring” to the audience and she feels strongly we should be careful about that…something about preserving your own voice, and not playing too strongly to the audience. I don’t know. I’m glad you were able to read this and comment today. Thanks Lennon! – Bill


  4. Liz Gray says:

    I LIKE it….I find I still am compelled to WRITE to find my joy more than “pleasing others”…probably why I started writing in the first place. But I like your writing! Straightforward….this is something I want to improve on!


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