Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Update about Personal Posts! Please read.

Witchy Words was created in response to the recession and my rediscovery of my Craft.  Originally meant to simply document my journey, it blossomed into something much bigger than I ever anticipated - and bigger than I sometimes know how to handle.  I attempt to run my blog as a professional blogger to the best of my abilities.

In addition to adhering to the constraints of my Craft, my blog also has to squeeze between my job as a more-than-full-time small business owner, wife of almost a decade, new homeowner, rescuer of four pets, coven leader and someone with autoimmunity and chronic illness on varying levels.  I've tried in the past to provide options where I may be able to shift more focus onto the functionality of my blog but they were a loss in general. That’s, of course, no fault to the readers.  It just something I wasn’t able to keep up with because of all of the aforementioned.  I spent more time on those options than I did on my actual blog and, in doing so, decided to remove them to continue the blog as I envisioned.  As such, Witchy Words is, as much as I wish it weren’t, my side project.  It is still a project of passion, something I do out of a pure love for my Craft and my coven members, but it has to take a back seat to my life - for my health and sanity.

Last week, I posted a survey on Tumblr, my most-followed social network.  The survey was an inquiry into why I was losing followers on that network.  I don’t concern myself with having a "ton of followers," but the number hasn’t steadily grown in the way it did a year or two ago.  In fact, it’s in decline.   I can recognize that something isn’t working there and, I feel, the best way to address it is an anonymous survey to see exactly what isn't working.

The overwhelming majority were in favor of doing away with personal posts.

This wasn't an option on the survey.  The survey just had one single question and a single paragraph box for answers.  So the fact that the majority saw personal posts as the primary issue meant that they were deciding this on their own. 

Tumblr, of course, isn’t my blog.  It’s a social media network.  I see it just like my Facebook page or Pinterest account. WitchyWords.com has always been my blog and always will be.

Unfortunately, I find that many on Tumblr don’t even realize my actual blog exists and think that my Tumblr account is, in fact, “it.”  I’m sure some of that comes down to the new algorithms Tumblr enacted.  Previous posts are harder to find unless you know how to adjust your settings accordingly.  Information about what my blog is and who I am, what I write about in general, is difficult to come across.

In the world of Tumblr, articles are temporary - to be posted then left and, if so willed, forgotten.  I invest a lot of personal energy into each article I write, refining it until I feel satisfied.  This impromptu, transient nature of Tumblr tends to clash with my structured, intensive article format.  In that, I will reblog old posts every once in a while for followers who may not have seen it, either because they're new or because of the Tumblr algorithms.  That was a problem as well.

The final common complaint I saw was that my blog was not what followers expected when they followed me.  I have never attempted to misrepresent what I write.  In fact, I appreciate and enforce authenticity.  I can only do what I know how to do and I want to stay true to my intentions.  Perhaps this authenticity leaves me a little raw.  I'm bearing my soul - or so it feels - on my blog.

So I may have been a bit quick to jump on the "no personal posts" bandwagon, it appears.  Comments on my prior blog entry have indicated that Tumblr, despite being my biggest personal network, does not represent the majority of my readers.  Whether it's because of the algorithm or because Tumblr users don't always realize this blog exists, I can't say.  What I can say is that you've convinced me.

Personal posts will continue on Witchy Words.

I just may not be reposting them to Tumblr, so you'll have to watch this blog if you want them.

Finally, if there’s a topic you want me to start writing on, suggest it.  If it fits within the parameters of my experience and practice, I’ll do it.  I’m always looking for suggestions.

Thank you so much, readers!

14 comments:

  1. Oh this make me happy! I’m so glad that we will still get the updates! I’ve loved seeing your homes and I was super excited when the two of you became homeowners. I cried when Artie had to have a biopsy and I cheered when he was okay. I’m so glad you’re going to continue them on the blog. Thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Stephanie, for all of your support! I'm so glad my personal posts have created a positive effect for readers. That's incredibly important to me. They're certainly here to stay!

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  2. Glad to hear it! As much as I enjoy reading all your other posts, I read the personal updates far more often. It makes you personable, something I don't think Tumblr lends itself to. Anonymity seems to be more their thing there.

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    1. Yeah, Tumblr is a weird place. I've been on it for four years, which I realize isn't really that long in the wider scope of it all, but I still don't really "get" it. It seems like a disorganized Pinterest sorted by tags that I have to memorize (I quite literally have a document that lists my tags out and sorts them by section so it's easier for me but I still forget to tag for months at a time - whoops!). I struggle with it a lot but, since the majority of my followers are there, I give it every effort to try to meet them in the middle.

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  3. I'm so relieved. I think it's great that with this blog you get a whole story instead of just one facet of a person chopped away from the rest. Thank you for all you put into it. I really look forward to following your story into the future.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anon. I truly appreciate it. I have a hard time separating where my personal life ends and my Craft begins because, to me, they're inseparable. My Craft is informed by my life. Can't have one without the other! So, thanks to popular demand, the personal posts are certainly here to stay. :)

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  4. I'm so glad to hear of your decision! I love your blog just as it is. Love to you and the family and familiars! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it, and all the love back atchya! <3

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  5. I'm glad you'll contine with personal posts. I enjoy reading different types of things. :)

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  6. I have one thing to say about this decision... YAAAYYY!
    I have always enjoyed your personal posts on this blog (I don't have tumblr though I peruse occasionally). Your goal posts have helped me with my own goal making and I love hearing about your life.

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  7. I'm so glad to hear you've reinstated personal posts, it's part of what I love about your blog and the others I follow - you get to see how a person's path/Craft ties in to their life, and how they manage to fit it into their lives as well.
    If Witchy Words were just a series of informative posts it would read more like a book than a blog, which, while it isn't necessarily a bad thing, does mean that we as readers don't get to see exactly how awesome you really are, or help us see ways in which we can fit our own spirituality into a busy lifestyle.
    After all, you're a semi-professional blogger, you help run a well-organised and active Circle, you create beautiful altars for every Sabbat, you have four familiars, and you provide clear and informative posts on spellwork and tools and other aspects of witchy life. Knowing you're able to do all this -on top of- your job, and moving, and illnesses, and generally being human, gives a lot more meaning and depth to your posts and gives that extra 'no, you can actually do all this and still live a normal modern life' that books and purely informative websites don't tend to have.
    Plus seeing someone else's struggles and triumphs and failures and successes makes me a whole lot more forgiving and accepting of my own when it comes to my religious life vs. my mundane one. <3

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! It really means a lot to me that so many people are interested in seeing how my Craft intersects with, well, life. That's originally what this blog started out as: A documentation of my journey. It grew into so much more but the personal posts allow me that return-to-roots and it was almost crushing me to think that the roots were what was holding me back. I'm glad to hear from so many individuals on this topic and appreciate all the feedback!

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