What I Most Enjoy Reading on Persona Paper
Many people are torn between writing searchable content and what is considered personal content here on Persona Paper. It is presumed that factual objective articles 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.
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