Blogging 101 is telling me I’m supposed to write a post to my dream reader.
Like…what? No. I have to agree with Zoe that this is incredibly stupid.
The exact wording goes like this: “publish a post for your dream reader, and include a new-to-you element in it.”
When I first read the assignment, my immediate thought was, what the hell is a dream reader? Like seriously. Could there be a vaguer prompt in existence? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Okay, okay, so I’m guessing the Blogging 101 assignment writers were envisioning a dream reader to be the perfect reader for your blog. Well, I honestly don’t think I could write a blog post to a dream reader because I don’t think one exists…I mean my blog is an extension of myself. I am a complex being, so naturally my blog is complex. So, it’s not possible for there to be a perfect reader for it. There are no perfect readers for my imperfect blog.
My second though about this post arose from the first as I mused, “well, I’m my dream reader.”
Whoa, what? Does that sound incredibly self-centered?
I’m serious though; I’ve talked before about how the first person I write for is myself. I love that other people are reading my work and have been able to connect to it. It means to world to me, really. I can’t thank everyone who has taken an interest in my blog enough for continuing to read, comment, and like. Seriously.
With all that said, I write for myself. I really do. Maybe that doesn’t make me the best blogger in the world, but hey, it’s the truth. I started blogging because writing is like therapy for me. I went through a phase of blogging a few months ago where I was super concerned about views and even went so far as trying to change my writing style to get more views. I very quickly realized how unsatisfying that was, though. I’ve written some posts that I know will get less likes and less views, but I still write them because it feels right for me. You know, if that’s the case, that’s the case.
I guess I hope that the people who do read my blog either share some of my interests or are willing to learn from, or at least consider, a new perspective. I hope they will try to be compassionate and understanding towards my views, especially when I post about particularly sensitive parts of my life. I hope that, if they really like what they read, they will be engage with and encourage me. I mean, that’s what I do with the blogs I love, and I only hope that people who enjoy my blog will do the same.
If I were to say I had a dream reader, then, it would honestly be myself. Because I write for myself…to better understand myself, to push myself, to help with my anxiety, and to just feel better in general. However, I don’t want to have a dream reader because it just seems stupid to me. If I write for myself on this imperfect blog of mine, I don’t need or want a dream reader. Rather, I want readers who are supportive and kind. I want engaged readers who bring life to my blog because writing is a conversation; readers who are interested in new perspectives; readers who are willing to share their own stories with me.
I hope the people who do read my blog receive it well. I’m so grateful for all those who do. Writing is a conversation, a conversation that is first and foremost with myself. It is a conversation with others too, of course, and I’ve loved making connections with other bloggers.
But a dream reader? Yeah, no. Just. No.
**Important Note Thing**
I feel like I have come across as awfully cynical towards Blogging 101. I didn’t do the first assignment because I didn’t want to introduce myself AGAIN, I sort of brushed yesterday’s assignment aside (it related to interacting with other bloggers on WordPress and following new blogs, and I already interact a ton and follow plenty of blogs), and now I’m sort of being a Debby Downer with this assignment. I would like to say that I have really enjoyed the social aspect of Blogging 101–I have been interacting with a lot of people on the Commons–and I am still maintaining an optimistic viewpoint about the course. While I have come across as cynical, I’m still very glad I joined last minute and I still view this as a learning experience. I sincerely hope no one has developed a negative impression of Blogging 101 because of this post because that wasn’t my intention at all! I wanted to do this assignment so as to not become a total slacker, and only did so with the utmost of honesty since that’s how I roll.