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What I Most Enjoy Reading on Persona Paper

Many people are torn between searchable and what is considered personal content here on Persona Paper. It is presumed that factual objective will get more readers from outside the site than personal content will. So many of us do try to write that at least some of the time. But, as far as I'm concerned, it is written mostly for those doing a Google search. When I write, I like to feel I'm addressing a specific audience of people with some common interests. It is hard for me to leave the personal part out and be completely objective. Even my content articles here will have a touch of the personal.

If I'm trying to learn more about a plant or animal or place, I do want facts, but I don't want them to be dry. I'd like to see a bit of the author shining through rather than an article sanitized of every personal pronoun and reference. I want to feel as though I'm talking to a knowledgable neighbor over the back fence. Of course, neighbors here rarely do that kind of talking anymore, so these will be my online neighbors.

I do look up information in seach engines and will read whatever I can find when I'm researching - even if it is academic. I can't always find an appropriate blog. But when I come here to read, I am likely to skip the articles that seem academic in favor of those which are more personal, since I'm not here to seek information. If you write about a place, I'd rather know your own favorite haunts rather than the facts about the city I can find in a Wikipedia article. I love to see the photos only you could have taken. And many of you write that way and share those photos.

I normally come here late at night and I always look forward to catching up with my fellow Persona Paper addicts. My friends and their thoughts and activities interest me because I do look at them as friends now – even those I don't see eye-to-eye with on everything. I don't mind reading a longer post if it interests me, just as I don't mind reading a long novel if the author captures my interest at the beginning.

What about you? Do you like to read the sort of thing you post here? Or do you post some things for an entirely different audience than your Persona Paper neighbors or what you would want to read yourself? Or are you like me, doing a bit of each.

Just curious.

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MegL wrote on November 23, 2014, 1:50 AM

A bit like you - I read what catches my attention. I tend to check out my activity list first and only them, go to the front page.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 2:36 AM

I keep forgetting that front page exists until there's just nothing new in my notifications to read.

Lemark wrote on November 23, 2014, 4:02 AM

I am with you all the way when it comes to the reasons why am I posting and reading and commenting here. It is because of the people and their thoughts and feelings and not about the dry facts.

bestwriter wrote on November 23, 2014, 4:21 AM

There is the Internet to search for any information. I would rather like to know what's going on in the lives of my connections.

melody23 wrote on November 23, 2014, 6:14 AM

I agree with you, I like the personal touch even if it is an informative article. if someone is recommending something, I want to know why, what makes this thing so good. I also really like the less informative, more personal posts here, I think one of the great things about the internet is that we can have conversations, or read posts in this case, from people thousands of miles away. I have learned loads of interesting things about different cultures over the years by reading about what goes on in people's lives.

Madcanman wrote on November 23, 2014, 6:47 AM

Good morning, Barb. I have so far offered a mix of both, but my preference is the more personal approach. I'll probably be booed and hissed at for this, but I absolutely refuse to do the fakebook thing. It's just not for me. I don't want to know what kind of mood someone is in, what they ate for breakfast this morning, whether they're wearing boxers, briefs, thong or going commando, how much they had to drink last night, or what color their poo was today. I enjoy reading the personal yet informative posts, especially if I can learn something new. And as I mentioned recently, I draw great inspiration from a lot I read here. I'm sure much of what I've put up so far can be categorized as boring fluff, but hey, at least I'm writing. I'm still reminiscing about my old spinet piano I told you about. It brought back some great memories.

maxeen wrote on November 23, 2014, 8:14 AM

I am on another site and the writer has had a write going for ages and ages. It is so interesting. The miserable subject being about the gun laws in US. It is almost an election as each side presents their argument.

Kasman wrote on November 23, 2014, 9:35 AM

I read what catches my attention - no matter if it be factual or personal and I write what takes my fancy at the time. If what I write happens to interest others then that is a welcome bonus. Above all, I value the interaction I find here - it is so unlike other sites I could name!

Scorpie wrote on November 23, 2014, 9:52 AM

I really like humor and irony. Certain writers like &AbbyG Sandralynn Ellis bestwriter and Loudman could write about corn paste and yet have it still be interesting.

Ellis wrote on November 23, 2014, 11:22 AM

Some of my jokes can be a bit corny Scorpie

Ellis wrote on November 23, 2014, 11:24 AM

I prefer posts from people that write because they want to rather than posts from those that are trying to make money...

SLGarcia wrote on November 23, 2014, 1:16 PM

I believe I feel pretty much the same way you do about what articles I read here. I enjoy reading more personal articles and ones that offer something that I can learn from. I find myself mostly writing personal articles here.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:06 PM

I'm glad I'm not alone in this.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:06 PM

Exactly right.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:09 PM

I'm with you. As people in other countries, for example, discuss their daily lives, I witness their culture as it is lived, not as one would see it in a geography or anthropology book. I learn about things I had no idea existed. I also see quite often a lot of similarities to my own life.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:12 PM

B y the time I hit this site, I'm generally ready for some fluff. I want to relax and touch bases with my friends, not read an article on some subject I'd never go googling for because someone may have taken it off another site and put it here.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:13 PM

I think I'd get tired of even a subject that interests me after a long time. There are only so many arguments one can make on a subject without getting repetitious.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:15 PM

I do the same thing. I appreciate the information in many of the more informative articles if they are on subjects that interest me. But I want to be able to interact with it.

melody23 wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:21 PM

I always find I learn better from personal stories, even at uni. If I am learning what to do in a situation that's all fair and well, but if the lecturer supplements with a story of a time they actually came across the situation in question it tends to stick in my mind much better.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:37 PM

I have no idea how much traffic comes from outside searches. I only know that the more informative posts are perceived to be higher earners than the purely personal posts.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:38 PM

Definitely. It's those purely for money posts I often skip. But some people must read them, since they may earn more money.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:41 PM

Your response confirms that most of us are more drawn to posts with a personal voice.

Scorpie wrote on November 23, 2014, 4:49 PM

...wallpaper glue

AliCanary wrote on November 23, 2014, 6:04 PM

I share the sentiment. Informative articles are helpful, but it's more entertaining of the articles also show the author's personality and humor!

AngelSharum wrote on November 23, 2014, 6:41 PM

You know I mainly post my photo safaris here. I like sharing my photos with people and it's especially nice for those who will never be able to visit the places we do.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 6:51 PM

I love the humorous posts.

BarbRad wrote on November 23, 2014, 6:52 PM

I agree. Picture postcards don't even scratch the surface of what we see in a place.

Glenn wrote on November 23, 2014, 7:28 PM

My general method of writing is using a bit of each method. I agree with you about adding a personal touch. By doing so one is actually showing authority on the subject because of the personal involvement. That's why I like to combine a little bit of each, providing researched information along with my own personal experience. Once I am approved and start writing on Persona Paper, I may come up with a totally different style because of the nature of short articles here. I have many ideas for interesting articles that attract attention that would be short reads. I'll still use HubPages for my lengthier articles.

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 12:45 AM

That makes a lot of sense. I do the same thing, except I haven't gotten around to posting any more articles on HubPages for a while. About all I'm doing there now is correcting links which seem to keep breaking. I expect you'll be approved to post tomorrow. I think approvals are delayed on weekends. It's not a question of if. It's a question of when the owners have time to process however many applications came in over the weekend.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 24, 2014, 1:36 AM

I think the site has a lot of potential for outside traffic, &AbbyG and it might play a big role in the future as the site grows. My two most viewed posts are geared specifically at outside traffic. The top one at the moment has about 8-10 times the average number of views most of my personal posts have. But it wasn't nearly as much fun to write. That doesn't mean I won't be writing more in the future, though. The number of views might not be that high compared to other sites I could have placed it, but for a site this small at this stage in it's growth, I'm impressed enough to be quite optimistic for the future.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 24, 2014, 1:46 AM

I think the posts I prefer reading would most appropriately be referred to as informative personal, a post that gives me a glimpse into a person, what they're doing, where they've been, etc. Something with more substance than "I did this, this, and this today", but let's me see a part of what is going on in their life right now, what interests them, what they've experienced. They might or might not have any outside appeal. That's probably what I enjoy writing the most, too. But it's unrealistic to expect every post to be that, whether it's one I read or one I write. I especially like travel posts that are still personal, but may have more non-personal information about a place. Evergreen informative articles are more enjoyable to me than breaking news or current events. Of course, into every writer's life, the "I did this, this, and this" posts are bound to fall, so I don't mind reading those, either, especially if the writer manages to inject some humor into them.

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 3:12 AM

I'm afraid today I haven't been able to get much beyond my activity list. I think I'm wearing out. My zest is gone today. Hope it's back tomorrow. I'm going through a "bored with being on line" phase today, I guess.

GemOfAGirl wrote on November 24, 2014, 12:07 PM

Everything I write is personal, even if it isn't always obvious; as the old adage goes, I write what I know. I think that sometimes the thoughts I have on my mind are better served by being a little more objective, and other times, it's purely personal, and of course, I'm sure that there's a whole lot of the in-between stuff in there, too.

I usually like to see the personality of the writer in the stuff that I read, but I don't have a lot of patience for the stuff that runs along the lines of "today I got up and ate a muffin, and gosh, I have so much stuff to do today - here's a list!" Even though those things are very personal, they also have a dime-a-dozen feel to them, they're too predictable, and most of them don't have much of anything in them that makes them special. I prefer to read about how that day went - what went wrong, what surprise was lurking around the corner, what new discovery there was that got discovered.

I enjoy seeing personal photographs that only the writer could have taken, but I tend to not use many of my own personal photos on this site, mainly because I'm keeping a low profile. Only a few people that I know have been privy to my activities here, and sharing my thoughts is about as far as I'm willing to go right now in my desire to retain some anonymity online.

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:14 PM

I understand about wanting to remain somewhat invisible to those who know you offline. That's why I went incognito on one site when I joined a few years ago. I didn't want anyone to be able to Google me there with my real identity.

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:35 PM

I feel honored that you chose to read this then. I'll be making myself pretty scarce here myself shortly, as my surgery date approaches.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 25, 2014, 12:51 AM

I know that feeling. I needed to get several posts written today, but I've been doing surveys all day instead. They're faster money, which is much needed at the moment.

scheng1 wrote on December 5, 2014, 12:47 AM

I think it is good to have different content. As a writer, we have to learn to write different topics and in different style.

BarbRad wrote on December 8, 2014, 1:42 AM