Do you ever wonder if what you write or say bores people? On those occasions when I note that people are bored with what I say, I just stop dead. I watch very closely...
Writing is different, though. How does one know if people are bored with what one is writing?
Sales not much
Duration? Most articles between 5 minutes and 30 minutes.
The reason I don't sell much is because I don't write about materialistic topics. The reason people stay on my pages a relatively long time is because I give a lot of information and write in such a way as to keep it both interesting and easy to understand.
However, if I were to talk about these things in real life, people would find me boring. Why? Because, I think, and I may be wrong here, people don't connect to other people so much for information as to be entertained and/or comforted. I neither entertain nor comfort...
Is there any way to ask people who are reading your work? I can't think of any other way to to figure that out with any degree of confidence.
A lack of views could just be a matter of adjusting tags. I suppose Google analytic's average time spent on a page statistic could mean something.
I can tell you what bores me, when people go on and on and don't get to the point. If you write a lot of words, you better be conveying a lot of information, entertainment, or something to keep me interested..
If I'm reading a hub that's all fluff, I will go on to something else.
I get bored when people write/talk about sports. IDK, I love watching sports, but reading and talking about them just make me want to jump off a cliff.
My roommate used to zone out all the time when I was talking to her (I do get chatty)...after a while if I noticed she was zoning out, I'd slip in things like "So I'm pregnant, and I don't know who the father is. There was this one guy...." Sometimes she'd notice, but most of the time she'd just nod her head and say "That's cool" or something like that.
Shanna, that's funny. My daughter has done that as well to people. I have watched in absolute amazement as people didn't notice. In any event, it's made me rather anti-social at this point. It's good to know that other people also have this thing with boredom...
Boring is relative, don't you think? There are so many different kinds of people who connect for various reasons. If the topic is already boring, it somehow has to engage the reader. It doesn't even have to be great writing if it engages the reader on any particular level. Some viewers read to find fault in expressed opinions.
When I write, I write with a targeted audience in mind. I think it's important to respect that audience and give them something worth taking the time to read. If I can't engage them with the first few sentences, I've not done my task as a writer.
I think it depends a lot on our motivation. Why do we write what we write? There is so much junk online, I choose carefully what I'm going to take time to read.
I like to see social media shares and incoming links. That tells me in one way that readers thought a hub was worth reading.
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