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Playing to the audience
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Everything that I write in here is dual-purpose; partly it's written for myself, and partly it's written for an audience. There's a great variety in the percentages of each, but both elements are always present. I never write stuff that I don't care about myself, and I never write stuff that I don't think anyone will has any interest at all in reading. Admitedly, these criteria are not terribly restrictive, but there we go.

The problem is, I'm not really sure what you people do like reading, out of the stuff that I write. And so, I ask you that now: what sort of entry would you like to see me write more of? I'm looking here not for specific posts (though you can request them too if you want, though I'll not even close to promise to fulfil them), but for topic areas: so, entries about science, or about politics, or about the minutiae of my daily life, or quizilla quiz results, or whatever. And conversely, what type of entry makes you think "ack, not more about $subject!" and skip over it?

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I like reading the things I can tell you didn't write specifically for an audience. I don't mean that I don't like essay-style posts — I do — but sometimes they can come across as a little forced, like you wrote them because you felt like you had to post something that day. I could be totally wrong, but that's how I read them occasionally.

No idea if that made sense.

It does make sense, yes. I don't ever write stuff that way; I often go several days at a time without saying anything, and generally will only say stuff if I think I have anything worthwhile to say.

I can think of two possible causes for the problem. For one thing, most things that I write about have swilled around in my head for a few days at least before I actually get around to writing them down. Anything more involved than a paragraph or two takes me a while to get around to writing. I can well imagine that this could lead to an orderliness that comes across as a stifled formality.

Secondly, I do tend to be cautious with what I write these days. There have been several occasions in the past where I've said stuff that has offended people, and they've not given me the benefit of the doubt. I recognise that I often put my foot in my mouth over things, but I am big enough to admit when I'm wrong, and it hurts when people who I generally trust assume that I said or did something through malice rather than ignorance. So I tend to be a lot more guarded than I used to be. The entry I made yesterday about holocaust denial is a good example: I felt I had to disclaim it, and I also probably toned down the content somewhat rom what would be my natural writing style. And there's another entry that I thought about making recently that I just decided to avoid entirely in case it pissed people off (it was related to vegetarianism). So again, I can see how this could lead me to seem a little forced at times.

Possibly there are other reasons too; I'm not sure. It's interesting though, certainly. I'll have tot hink on it some, I suspect.

I want to read the post about vegetarianism.

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