I have a couple of my best friends, my mom, my wife, and a few really good followers who read my blog. Sometimes I look at the statistics and ponder over the most popular posts: should I continue in that direction?
The wonder of the format is you get data. The temptation with the data is to apply it, somehow. I read a book on advice for writers in the library and it said, your most popular posts are like a beacon for what you should be writing. And they’re probably right.
It brings me joy when people respond to my posts; at times a nice comment has lifted me up to write another. But depending on positive feedback is risky, it shifts the power to the reader.
Don’t be afraid people won’t like what you write, won’t follow, or will “unfollow.” The fear will only get in the way of your own voice.