I was just reading through my most-liked posts in an attempt to discern a common theme.
The first thing I noticed: people prefer my casual voice. “Hey guys! What’s up? It’s me, Rich.” Whether it’s a personal story I’m telling or even if I’m trying to teach something — people like the informal approach. No one likes my professorial persona where I speak from a position of authority using the most precise vocabulary I can offer. Unfortunately for me, those are some of my favorites, yet they often receive ZERO likes. I guess the world isn’t quite ready for Professor Rich. This is one such example: Government 101 – 1776.
Another thing I noticed: people like the theme of “overcoming negativity”. It’s the idea that we can improve our lives simply by ceasing our negativity. By altering our attitude, disciplining our thoughts, and changing our perspective — life can become a lot more enjoyable. And that’s great because it’s a topic I genuinely know something about. I was steeped in negativity for DECADES, gloom-and-doom was how I defined life. So I understand the perspective of pessimism and can speak to it authentically.
Although I’ve enjoyed delving into other topics, people haven’t necessarily liked the political philosophy, religious exposition, attempts at humor, or simulation theory stuff — but of course that makes sense, since they’re not written from an authentic perspective, they’re just thoughts that pop into my head. Whereas negativity was literally a way of life for so many years.
Based on that quick analysis, if I want to focus on what people like about my content, I should be writing about “overcoming negativity” while employing an easygoing tone. Where I still need to practice and experiment, is with the integration of that theme within the parameters of effective storytelling and the application of emotion. Okay, we’ll see how it goes.
Just to note: for the last six and a half years, I never had a pre-planned theme or direction for this blog, I simply wrote down whatever I thought about. But as we all know, a rudderless boat just drifts and doesn’t arrive anywhere in particular. Perhaps with some direction, my writing will achieve a significantly-sized audience.