Hi active new and old readers, if y’all don’t mind doing a 1-sec survey-of-sorts!
(Side note: I’m sorry this explanation turned out lengthier than I imagined. I need to learn to be verbose…)
I recently got into the groove of proper tagging and am seeing a sharp spike in new readers that it makes me nervous (hi) and has me thinking about the direction of blogphilic. If you’re new, this is how I run blogphilic for the past two years: I juggle between regular write-ups – think those personal write-ups and regular poetry inclusions – and drama-related write-ups i.e. I write about Asian pop culture, specifically Japanese and Korean dramas and from time to time, I dip my toes into KPop, though mostly to snark …okay, sometimes squeal. I don’t publish on any set schedules and generally, I try to post 50/50 materials.
I think it’s important to be explicit about this because I’ve lost lots of readers in the past over this. While I do support the age-old blogging rule of “it’s my blog and therefore I define the rules” – the truth is I am in conflict with this lately. I don’t write for people nor do I write to please anyone, but I do believe it is important to consider writing for the right crowd in the right setting and/or medium.
For once this isn’t about stats, rather getting new readers on non-drama write-ups is a pretty big deal because it feels like I am (finally) recognized as a writer. A personal achievement, sort of. The general idea I have is that drama write-ups gather readers because of the topic, but personal write-ups gather readers because of the writing – style, flow et cetera. So… I think it is a pretty big deal. The two genres are miles apart from each other, parallel in fact, that honestly, I’ve been wondering if something needs to be done. I would like to keep writing about both and so this is where y’all come in – poll time!
My problem-solving approach (ha, such an engineer!) is to create a second blog that is exclusively drama-related and thus, effectively reverting blogphilic back to a personal blog.
I’m interested to know whether my readers mind that I juggle and publish write-ups on two disparate topics … or you can’t care less. I’ve always believed that people will read whatever they fancy and ignore whatever they don’t, but admittedly my voice is different depending on what I write about. Okay I’ll be honest: it’s quite embarrassing to gush about boy bands when not 24 hours ago, I lamented about life.
I would love to gather your opinions – real people who actually read the write-ups I publish! – so I can decide and move forward. I know this is not a big deal to you (and you’re right) but it is a big deal to me. I admit I am kind of OCD about defining things clearly. There’s also that I’m having separation anxiety and feeling unfaithful to blogphilic – I have been with this space for 7.5 years now; we’ve waded through a lot together! Plus, it takes a lot of work to create a new blog – I’ll need to tinker around and that equals to significant time and effort. Drama-readers will have to bear with me, if the drama-blog is launched. I admit this has been on my mind for a while now, so your quick survey will likely clinch or break the deal. The latest thought I have is that maybe change is good? Yay, nay?
The poll will close in one week but I trust that you don’t need that long. It takes a sec :)
Thanks for the input and as always, thank you for reading!