It feels like I have my own version of the Mad Hatter’s watch here, but mine is running much more than two days late.
As part of this Blogging 101 lark we have to write to our dream reader which has given me pause. I never really thought about who I was writing to before, the first person I thought about when writing was me. Did my post entertain me while I read it? If it did, great! Then hopefully someone else out there will be entertained too, but as this course is supposed to improve my blogging technique I should think about who my audience is, or at least who I want them to be.
So, Dream Reader, who are you? What are you? First off, you must be patient. Willing to wait for my updates, as I am never as regular as I’d like to be due to work commitments, time away, my own laziness and occasional lack of courage to start writing. Not too patient though, as you should give me the kick up the backside I sometimes need to stop reasons turning into excuses. So patient, yet demanding.
Even more important than patience would be that you, dear Dream Reader, are entertained by me, that you enjoy what I post and it makes you laugh, or cry, or think, or rage, or anything, as long as it is a reaction beyond indifference that keeps you coming back and wanting to see what I have to show you.
That you keep coming back is something else you should do as well, and support me in what I’m doing. I’m going to be telling you about my struggles with running and fitness, pushing my photography and writing on you, and sharing hopes and dreams so I’ll need some encouragement. Constructive criticism only though please!
I’m happy for you to challenge my views or opinions, after all, if we all agreed all the time it’d be pretty boring, but do it with sensible arguments. You, Dream Reader, will not be one of those who argues from the standpoint “I don’t like it therefore it is rubbish” and that’s the entire argument. You’ll disagree with me but give me reasons why. Some stuff I write certain people will find controversial but you will appreciate that and be willing discuss it rather than just descend into abuse. I am aware, Dream Reader, that this one may stay firmly in Dreamworld given the way the internet works.
What else? Competitive. If I tell you I beat my best time for running 10km, cheer me on but tell me you did it 10 seconds faster. Give me a target to beat or an expectation to meet. I work best in a competitive atmosphere, but let’s keep the rivalry friendly eh? It should still be fun after all.
There you are, Dream Reader. Patient, entertained, challenging, and competitive. It’s not too much to ask of a professional photographer or publisher who spots potential is it??