Would You Still Blog If No One Ever Saw Your Posts? ~Beyond the Books

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There are a few circumstances where a blog post will never be read. Or will never become popular, even if you hit the blogger lottery and become the new flavor of awesome.

The Private Posts

I love reading blogs. I admit it is one of my favorite pastimes. I read loads of different kinds of blog, most by people I will never meet. Once in a while, rarely really, I find a blog post that is set to private. Full stop, right there. Why would you bother to post it if it is private?

It turns out there are loads of reasons: (yay reason for a list right here)

  • It is directed at only certain people and you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
  • It is TMI for most people and only allow people that want to know to read about whatever it is.
  • It is a secret and only certain people should have access to it.
  • You want to post something, but you don’t want anyone to read it.

I think that about covers all the reasons for posting something and not letting people see it. If I missed any please feel free to enlighten me.

I remember when I first started blogging and a women I met said she had a “blog” but she had it set to private and so no one could read it. It was more like an online journal. I have more questions than answers about that, but I guess if it works for you then go with it.

The Unknown Blogger Post

What if you put all your stuff online and no one ever reads it? That’s the bane of newbie bloggers everywhere. You put it out there and then NO ONE looks at it. Some bloggers give up at this stage, thinking it is too difficult. We never get to know them. How sad. Some bloggers accept this and then realize it takes a little time to find an audience. Then some bloggers figure out the secret formula and then people check out their site no matter what crazy mind vomit they post.

I fully admit that I don’t go back to the beginning of any blog and see what their first few posts looked like. I would think it would be a little weird since I would be looking at someone before they found their voice, (rarely anyone starts off awesome, even egomaniacs realize that). That might be good for a laugh if I ever find some spare time. But seriously, those first few posts of mine have few if any readers.

The Worst Case Scenario

What if the internet disappeared tomorrow and no one could possibly read your blog? Would you go through all the trouble of posting to your site if no one read it?

Would I? Nope. I would not bother with this site at all if no one read it. This site makes very little sense for me without other people reading it. Those questions I leave at the end, who the hell would I direct those to? My giveaway posts, who would enter? My carefully edited, but somehow still not good enough, videos, who would watch those? As long as YOU, the reader, are there I will be posting. I think most bloggers blog with the idea that someone else is going to see it.

Would you blog if no one was ever going to see it?

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By | 2017-12-16T10:20:27+00:00 Thursday, October 13, 2016|Beyond the Books, Discussions|32 Comments

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.

32 Comments

  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
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    October 13, 2016 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Yeah if there was no one at all I would not bother with my blog. I don’t have a ton of people reading mine but enough that I love to put in the effort it takes to keep it up. I love all the interaction with my readers and such.
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  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review October 13, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Great question! I might do some kind of online journal, but I probably would not go to the expense and bother of blogging in the way I currently do. Having people (potentially) read my thoughts is a major motivation for me in writing them, though, and I’m not sure if I could keep it up without that.
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 14, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Right! That’s exactly what I was thinking. I doubt I would keep up with an online journal, plus I kinda like the accountability factor of having people see what I say I am going to do, even if they don’t remember. I do and I try everything to follow through. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
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    October 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, Karen! Great question! If a tree falls down in the middle of a forest and no one is there to hear it fall, does it still make a sound? Yeah, I think it does… And even if no one could read your posts right now, or actually give feedback you would see, does that mean that what you write doesn’t have any value? I don’t think so! First of all, it has value for you, and that’s important, right? Second, even if the internet went caput just after you hit ‘post’ what you wrote would still be somewhere, no? And it might be found later on. Like those people who painted hunting stuff in caves. We can find those, and try to figure out what living in those times was like. We might get it all wrong, but it’s still interesting, no?
    Now, if I absolutely, positively knew – for sure! – that no one could read my posts, I might write more about personal stuff than I do now. It is seldom that I share something very personal on my blog, because I don’t want ‘the whole world’ (heh, as if the whole world reads my blog) to know everything about me. But if I could use my blog like a diary, I just might…
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 14, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

      I like to think I have a small audience, so I do keep my blog a bit personal. I think people want to hear my drama (or maybe I just tell myself that?). Like I said to Val, I care less and less what people know about me on the internet. That being said, I don’t hold a lot back. Further proof of this will be seen on this week’s wrap up, where I am really going to be honest about what has been going on with me lately (spoiler alert). If no one was going to read it, I wouldn’t bother trying to put it out there. I like need people to comment back and say they agree with me, or they don’tand why. I want the validation.

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction October 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Nope. I wouldn’t write for myself either. I already talk to myself, why write to myself too? 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 14, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Come on, you are such a good conversationalist! No I totally agree. I need some feedback. Lack of feedback is lonely.

  5. Valerie October 14, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Hahah yes so many thoughts on this!

    So the private online blog, it’s cool! But be careful of what you write still, because if you get in a tricky situation, IT CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU. I mean anything can be used against you these days, which is sad. I just had a conversation about someone’s private journals, a place they vented to every day to destress, was used against them in court. In the end it turned out okay though.

    Not having an audience isn’t very motivating, at least for me! I really love comments because I love the people in the blogging community, but I can tell when everyone is busy, or when I’m in a slump and can’t get around to commenting much. Which is sad! I like reading your blog (and other blogs!). So yes, if no one read my blog, I probably wouldn’t blog much!
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 14, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Yea I kinda need that accountability to keep me motivated. I don’t see the incentive to blogging for no one. I am fully aware everything on the internet can be used against you, (learned it the hard way). I care less and less what people know about me.

  6. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
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    October 14, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Honestly I don’t know. When I first starting writing I wasn’t really focused on getting readers but more on seeing if I could stick to it. Of course once I got my first comment I was hooked! Really I think I would say I’d be okay with no one reading because it’s for me but I think I’d lose motivation pretty quick.
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 14, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Thanks for chiming in. I doubt seriously I would have even started a blog knowing no one would ever read it, but who knows.

  7. Emma
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    October 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Probably not on the blogging but I would keep reading and commenting on other blogs because I like engaging with other people,
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  8. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity October 14, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Considering I did use to blog with very few readers, yes I would. Do I like getting comments and talking to people on my blog? Obviously, but some of my reviews and posts still seem to get no attention and I’m okay with that. It’s the same way I post a mini review on Goodreads, I don’t expect folk to look at them but I like to be able to look back at my thoughts on a book a year from now, just in case. Feedback and comments on your blog are great, but I’ve never felt like I wouldn’t cope without them. I view them as a bonus instead. It is true, though, I don’t understand blogging and never having any comments or views, the few posts that do get love help you accept that others are forgotten about. It swings in roundabouts.
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      I think I kinda need the feedback, so I probably wouldn’t blog without an audience. Interesting what you said about viewing them as a bonus. It does swing both ways sometimes.

  9. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance October 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Nope, if nobody read my blog, I wouldn’t keep posting. Most of the fun is knowing that you are sharing your ideas/thoughts with someone else – and that’s why I like when people comment and I’m always trying to comment because it REALLY shows you are reaching someone, and not just looking at a number count.
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 18, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Its half the fun! I feel like I know how much bloggers love comments so I always try to leave one.

  10. Hmmn, my first year or so of blogging I was basically blogging to myself. Having been doing this for 5 years, if no one visited or commented now, I don’t think I would keep doing it…

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  11. Laura
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    October 18, 2016 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Such an interesting question! If I’m being honest my answer would be no too. I would still write just for myself, but seen as the whole format of blogging is centred around community and other people I don’t think I would see much point in doing it if no one was there to read it. My favourite posts to write are discussion posts, but it wouldn’t exactly be a discussion post if I was just discussing a topic with myself! Maybe a book blog with no readers could be used as a diary of what you’ve read, and just have reviews on there for your own records, but I personally wouldn’t bother posting anything if no one read it.
    Great post! 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 18, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Yup, I love discussion posts too, although the reviews are my favorite. What would be he point if you couldn’t share with someone?

  12. Bookworm Brandee October 18, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I’d consider continuing to blog even if no one was going to see it. I blogged for a looong time with my older daughter as my only reader. And I didn’t mind too much because blogging started out as a creative outlet for me. But now that I have readers and friends that I can discuss books and life with…well, that changes things. Interesting post, Karen!

  13. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight October 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I also have more questions than answers about the online journal that she didn’t want anyone to read. If you want to keep a journal but don’t want anyone to see it, why not just type in a word document and save it on your computer?

    But anyway, this is a great question. And no, I don’t think I’d keep blogging if no one read my blog because what would be the point? Like, sharing pretty book covers I find… with myself? Recommending books… to myself? Making everything look nice… just so I can look at it? I’d keep reviewing books on GRs and whatnot if that were still an option, I like helping authors even if my reviews don’t get attention, but I wouldn’t do all the other types of posts because those are really about sharing and spreading a love of books, finding out what other people think about a discussion topic, etc. And piggybacking on Brandee’s comment a bit, this might be weird, but I’ve never seen my blog as a creative outlet, I’ve always had other creative outlets (like writing poems or drawing). To me, my blog is more of a social outlet, which is why it wouldn’t make sense to keep going if no one was reading. It does make me a little sad though when I come across blogs in which someone has just been faithfully churning out posts for a long time, yet they don’t appear to have any comments 🙁 Like, I want to explain to them that they should get out there and interact! Come join us!
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is sad but everyone has to figure that out, and only time does that I think. I was so alone at first and even when I started commenting it took me a while to find people who reciprocated with more than a few words, like they seemed like they wanted to interact. I hate to think what this would look like without someone else reading it, like typos galore and run on sentences. Readers keep my from spewing out just any old mind vomit and feeling like my stories need to have a point.

  14. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
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    October 21, 2016 at 1:56 am - Reply

    GAH I meant to comment on this last week because I think it is SUCH an amazing topic… and then I didn’t! Oops! Well that’s okay, now is as good a time as any 😉 But to answer the question, NOPE hahahha. I mean, I guess like you said, when I first started, NO ONE was reading my posts. But that was annoying and sad, and if I had no hope of anyone reading them… yeah, I would have probably given up. Now, as for the first one, I do have two private blogs- one for each of my kids, they’re password protected, and just like, a way for me to write “letters” to them for when they’re older. But otherwise, yeah, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Plus, they HAVE online journals if you just wanted to journal so… yeah, not really getting that ever! LOVE this, it is so thought provoking!
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Shannon! I think the point of your password protected blogs are for your kids to read at some point, so they totally make sense. I feel like so much of my life is public and I rather like it that way. It keep me accountable.

  15. Cilla October 24, 2016 at 4:22 am - Reply

    I don’t think I would blog if absolutely no one was reading my posts! It felt that way when I started, but I didn’t mind that knowing how difficult it could be when a blogger first starts. Now though, if I know for sure no one reads my blog, I would probably rather write a private journal again. Being able to connect with people is the most motivating thing about blogging, I think!

  16. Briana @ Pages Unbound November 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I had practically no traffic for my first several months of blogging. Like, 8 views a day maybe. I also wrote book reviews mainly for myself before blogging. So, on some level I do think I would keep going without an audience. On the other hand, I think part of the point of having a blog–you know, posting publicly online–is to share your thoughts. I would certainly be less interested in blogging if no one at all read what I wrote. I’d probably just keep a journal or something.
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    • Karen Blue
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      November 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Yea, I think everyone goes through that when they start blogging. Some people loose heart thinking that it won’t get better. Glad you stuck it out, I sure am glad I did too. I agree a journal would be a lot less work. Thanks for chiming in!

  17. Wendy @ Falconer's Library November 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    This is a somewhat painful question, since I don’t have many readers. So I already DO feel like I’m mostly just blogging for myself. As to how that differs from just keeping a journal–focus and accountability come to mind. The idea that someone COULD read my words, even if barely anyone actually does, is enough to keep me working. When I was younger, I did journal, but it was purely self-reflection stuff. And while I’ve been on Goodreads for years, I only used it to keep track of my reading and my thoughts for myself. Blogging, even if it’s just for my sisters and two or three other readers, gives me reason to get beyond navel gazing and try to connect my thoughts and experiences to the wider world. It’s a different kind of creative challenge than just writing for myself.

    I’m always startled by private blogs too, but I’ve assumed they are by people with a deeper sense of privacy than I have, and that they prefer to only blog for people they already know IRL. I could be wrong about either or both of those assumptions!
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    • Karen Blue
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      November 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Ya, who knows why people blog privately. I enjoy stationary too much for that. I think if I never got feedback I would probably just quit it. Thanks for your comment!

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