5 Ways To Prevent Your Love For Blogging From Wearing Off?

What To Do To Keep Blogging

You’ve started a blog and were all excited in the beginning, but now as you see how much work it takes to keep it up, your enthusiasm is wearing off, and you find it harder and harder to keep your blog going and updated.

Yes, keeping a blog takes time. It’s an investment of your time, and sometimes money.  You have to give it fresh content on a weekly basis and keep it secure and healthy.

Have you calculated the investment that it takes to keep up with your blog?

There is a common phenomenon

happening especially to new bloggers .  Even some people that I know personally have gotten to a point where they lost their enthusiasm about blogging when they realized that they had to put a constant effort into their blog.  Yes,  blogging takes work.

So, what can you do when your love for blogging is wearing off?

You need to be well prepared and understand what it really means to have a blog.  Let’s see what you could do if you are still new at blogging an even not so new anymore but just trying to keep up with your blog.

# 1 Learn About Blogging Before you Start a Blog 

This may seem kind of obvious, but yet, again, maybe not.

What do I mean by learn about blogging?  I mean take the time necessary to find out the ins and outs of blogging, and how much of your time and dedication it’s going to take to keep a blog alive and well.

Not long ago, I was trying to encourage a friend to start a blog, but I quickly realized that even if we were to start a blog he wouldn’t go very far with it.  As a matter of fact, he purchased a domain name and that was about all he ever did.

Let’s be realistic for a minute here.

Blogging is not for everyone. That’s just not possible.  Nothing is for everyone.

But if you do your homework first, and try to learn as much as you can about the whole picture of blogging, and be honest with yourself, you’ll be able to tell if this is for you or not.

# 2 Make Sure you’re in the Right Niche for YOU

If you are trying to blog about a topic that is not YOU, you will find out that’s going to be challenging to keep it up.  It’s much more difficult to blog on a weekly basis about a topic that is remote from you than one that is close to your heart.

Believe me I know!

Even as a freelance writer who can write on many topics without much trouble, it’s much easier to write about topics that are dear to me.  Don’t forget that if you’re not a writer by nature, it will be very difficult to write each week about a topic that is not something you really like.

Remember, your blog posts will reflect how much love you have for what you’re writing about or lack thereof.

Choosing the wrong niche is not a smart move for a new blogger. Do yourself a favor and avoid that mistake.  If you were to make such mistake, your love for blogging would wear off very rapidly.

# 3 Learn How to Write

I know it’s a common thing to say that you don’t have to be a writer to blog. Yes, that’s true, to a point. Some people who are not very good writers manage to keep a blog, but if you already know that you are not very good at writing, I’d suggest that you try to improve your writing skills.

There are blog posts, articles, as well as affordable books that can teach you quite a bit about the basic rules of writing to help you improve your writing skills.

When you know how to write well, writing becomes easier and much more pleasurable.  Remember, writing is going to be the bloodstream of your blog, and write well will  help keep your love of blogging going.

# 4 Be Likable

If you don’t have one yet, you MUST develop a likable personality.  When you have a blog it’s like your stores, and people visiting your blog are like customers entering your store. If you are not friendly and respectful of them they will leave your “store” and never come back again.

If nobody visits your blog you are not going to be motivated to keep up with your blog for long.

How can you be sure you’re friendly to your visitors?

Always reply to their comments, and try to answer any question they may have.  Warmly welcome those who are coming to your blog for the first time, and do your best to go visit their blog.

Don’t ever think that you’re too big for those rules to apply to you.  I don’t care who you are, I’m not going to visit your blog if you are not friendly.  My guess is that I’m not the only one either.

Maintaining good relationships with your reader will help you going with your blog.

#5 Always Keep in Touch with what’s Going on in your Niche

Being up to date with what’s happening in your niche is a huge motivator to keep a blog going.  For example, if you have a tech blog, that’s very easy to keep blogging because technology is a never ending machine where something new comes out almost every day.

When it comes to other niche, however,  it might not be as easy to keep up with the news.  So what do you do?

A good thing to do to keep up with the updates of your niche is subscribe to a few relevant newsletters and watch for online news articles.  Not only this will bring you up to date, but it will give you ideas to blog about.

Keeping in touch with what’s going on in your niche will help you to keep going with your blog.

So, there you have it 5 quick ways to prevent your love of blogging to wear off.  Was this helpful? Please, let me know in the comment area!


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53 thoughts on “5 Ways To Prevent Your Love For Blogging From Wearing Off?”

    1. Yes, I agree, knowing what blogging involves before you start is a MUST, indeed.

      Those who think that they can just start blogging and figure it all out later, are often disappointed because they were told it was all easy, but it’s not, really.

  1. Good advice! I bet a lot of people don’t learn a thing about blogging before they blog. It’s so easy to get started, and you can set up a blog pretty much by yourself so it seems like something you can just wake up and do!

    But people don’t consider what they will write about (beyond something basic, like a general idea), how often, how they will promote, what their writing skills are like, what kind of personality they want to portray online…. and all the things you mentioned.

    Even if you’re blogging as part of another business (like a lot of companies do, where their blog isn’t their “business” like an internet marketer, but really just part of their content marketing) you still have to figure out what your plan is, what your goals are, who is going to write, who you’re going to be, etc etc.

    When people don’t plan or think about what they’re doing, that’s when you end up with blogs that are just sales page after sales page, lots of affiliate links, ads everywhere, a bunch of junk content and then they want to know “hey, why don’t I get any comments!”

    I think “be likable” is one of the biggest things you can do to help yourself. People who don’t answer comments or pay attention to their readers, do you know what I do? I don’t come back!

    Great tips, and if you really plan your blog you can get the momentum you need to keep going.
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    1. Hi Carol,

      I really appreciate your great comment that complements my post so well.

      I totally agree with you that the ones who have not planned are the ones ending up with sales posts that don’t interest anyone, or very poor quality content that you can tell was put there just to fill up a page and have a post that day!

      I hope this post and the comments that it will generate will help the people who need it the most.

      Thanks for coming and have a great week!

  2. Truly helpful tips Sylviane , every point mentioned here by you worth keeping in mind . A recommended article for new bloggers. Bloggers believe that it is very easy and generally set high goals. They are disappointed on those goals not coming true. Setting big goals is not a mistake but not being prepared for them can be. Great helpful post.
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    1. Hi Kumar,

      I’m glad to see that people have found this post to be helpful so far. I wanted to write this because it’s such a challenge to keep up a blog for newbies, because they are simple not prepared and don’t know what to expect.

      It’s my hope to help such people with this topic 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and have a great week!

  3. Hello Sylviane,
    I got to confess that this is one interesting post and one worth reading 🙂 . When i start blogging, i was blogging for people and then, i never knew what was blogging or got only idea about it. i just knew i am giving out valuable and helpful stuffs to my readers. I started getting the hang of blogging some few years ago and now i can say that i am 95% googd in both the technical and non-technical part of blogging 😀 .
    I was never a good writer but at least my readers understand me and they can flow to my writing, and that’s what makes a loyalist, right? But do you really know the main thing that makes me love blogging and can never leave it? Passion! yes, i have the passion and that alone can’t make me quite the game. Thanks for the tips and do have a blessed week ahead
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    1. Hi Babanature,

      You’ve said it! Passion is number one. The only reason why I didn’t mention passion on this post is that I didn’t want to say that you have to have it in order to blog, but if you do, it will be much, much better for you, and easier to blog, indeed.

      Thank you for your great input 🙂

  4. Hi Sylvianne,
    This is a very informative post especially for those that are planning to start a blogging business.

    The worst thing that can happen to anyone is to jump into something you don’t really know about. This is why it is very advisable to learn about blogging and what it takes to blog before starting one. This way, you will already know all there is to it and decided if its what you can do or not.

    Blogging is never an easy task neither is it a rocket science and that’s why most people always give up early because what they’re seeing is not what they expected.

    Thanks for sharing,
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    1. Hi Valentine and thanks for coming.

      Yes, many newbies fail at blogging because they don’t know what to expect, so I wanted to help them do that with this post.

      Blogging is like anything else, one needs to figure out what it’s all about and how it works first. Then they can decide if it’s for them or not.

      Thanks for your input and for your visit.

  5. Hi Sylvianne,
    This is a wonderful post and i really like it because this is what kills many blogs. Not knowing much about a thing before going for it can really result to an early quit.

    It is therefore of utmost important that one learn about blogging before even thinking of starting as a blogger.

    Just like you said, you must also chose a niche you like if you really want to last in the field. Don’t go for a niche just because a friend recommended it.

    Another way is to build relationship with other bloggers so that they will always be there for you.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Hi Theodore,

      I’m glad you like this post and agree with me here 🙂

      When I first started blogging as an affiliate, the emphasis was on blogging about niches that made money, but I think that’s wrong. Any niche has a market and can make money, so better choose something we really know and like rather than doing it for the sole purpose of making money.

      It’s too hard to keep a blog we are not interested in ourselves, isn’t it?

      Thanks for your visit and have a great week!

  6. Loved the post Sylviane!

    Knowing your niche is so important. If you don’t know what you’re blogging about your audience will pick it up and they won’t buy into you. It’s like they say you gotta walk the walk and talk the talk 🙂 It also helps to love what you’re doing, otherwise it’ll start to feel like a job.

    I have to admit I was one of the ones who had no clue about blogging but after following great bloggers like yourself, I was able to pick up and take off with it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Have a great week!
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    1. Hi Corina,

      I’m so glad that you liked the post. You’re saying it very well we’ve got to walk the walk and talk the talk or people will soon notice that we are just BS 🙂

      I’ve seen lots of such blogs myself and I could tell that the blogger wasn’t into it. In the end as you’re saying it becomes just like a job. No more, no less. I certainly don’t want my blogging become a job 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and your excellent input.

  7. Hi Sylvianne,
    Good advice for anyone wanting to start a blog.
    The best way I can explain to someone what it’s like to maintain a blog is this: It’s like raising a 2 year old toddler. It needs constant attention.
    I had no idea when I started my blog what it would be like but your a dead on. It’s a lot of work. No wonder people get disillusioned with their blogs. The internet is full of abandoned blogs and that is why. The owners never stuck with it or they didn’t find out what it took in the first place.
    Thanks for this information, I hope other newbies to blogging can read this before they start blogging.
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    1. Hi Tonya,

      You’ve said it so well. That’s right a 2 year old that needs constant attention, you’re so right. The problem is that back few years ago there were some false information out there saying that anyone could blog and that it was easy. I would say, it’s not complicated, but it’s certainly not easy.

      Thanks for your great input.

  8. Good suggestions all. But, focusing on your first one, what is a good initial source for learning all about blogging before jumping in? Thanks.

    1. Hey there,

      There are a lot of blogs that will teach you the basics and more about blogging. You could start with this one. You can browse around all my posts. Then I would suggest you visit my friend Adrienne Smith. She great information and advice for new bloggers as well.

      You can contact me through email through my contact form and I can give you more info.

  9. Absolutely great tips Sylviane. If I had known any of this prior I might not have been so frustrated about blogging and for such a long time. Particularly what it meant to blog and how much work was involved. Everyone said it was so easy! Ha! Anyway, you’ve broken it down for everyone so that they can continue to like blogging and do good work.
    Great job.
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    1. Hi Barbara,

      Yes, I can say the same thing.

      When I started blogging back in 2006 there was little information about blogging for sure, because blogging was still young.

      Then started false information saying that you could blog about anything and turn your blog into some type of sales page. But it’s wrong. Even if it used to work that way, that is certainly no longer the case.

      Thanks for coming 🙂

  10. Hi Sylviane,

    So many people tell you that blogging is easy. Well we know the full story! Although we enjoy it, blogging is a labor of love. We do have to keep up our enthusiasm.

    You put it wisely when you said that it is important to keep up what is in your niche. We can get many ideas when doing that. I like your idea about keeping up with relevant newsletters.

    As for writing. You don’t need to be a professional writer, but proper spelling and grammar is a must. I am learning so much from the blog posts you write about writing styles. I must say, you are a good teacher and I’ve learned a lot from you.

    Many thanks,
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    1. Hi Donna,

      That’s right, as I said above in another comment, blogging is not complicated, but it’s not easy. It will take time and efforts, for sure.

      The reason we need to learn the basic of writing is that if your writing is really bad, who is going to take you seriously? There’s just no way, let’s be honest.

      I remember a long time ago I put an ad on craigslist and I wrote “payed” instead of “paid” LOL, my English was really bad back then. Someone called me regarding that ad and told me how can we trust someone who can’t write the word “paid” correctly! Wow, that was a lesson for me, I tell you!

      Thanks for your visit, Donna 🙂

  11. Hi Sylviane

    These are great tips. I think until we start our blog we can never be totally prepared for how it is going to be running our blog. While your tips seem like common sense in the main I am sure not many people do them. I know I did not really understand what was involved.

    The thing I did that worked for me was do an online blogging course with a group of people. That was so valuable and I still have contact with many of those people. It was awesome support.

    I do not see blogging is for everyone and it should be researched for sure.

    Great advice Sylviane.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      I know that most of us started blogging without following any of such advice, but that’s why so many have quit.

      Going through a course like you did is one of the best things a new blogger can do. I certainly recommentd it to anyone who doesn’t know much about blogging.

      Thanks for mentioning this 🙂

  12. Great advice Sylviane although with #1 I think experience helps. You can read all about blogging but once you start doing it and dig in you learn so much. There is always something new to learn every day. Whether it\’s writing, your niche, or SEO and theme maintenance there is plenty to learn along the way. If I learned it before I did I may have never begun 🙂 #5 is critical if you want to become an authority in your niche. Enjoy the rest of your week Sylviane!
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    1. Hi Lisa,

      You’re right we learn mostly by experience, indeed.

      It’s like driving, you never really know how to drive when you get your license, you really learn how to drive with time and practice. However, in order to pass that driving test, you need to have the basis down. I think that it’s the same thing with blogging. No doubt.

      Thanks for your feedbacks 🙂

    1. Hi Azhar,

      Well, finding the right niche SHOULDN’T be that difficult, because I would think that people know what they like and what they’re good at. If it is however, I would advice to read a lot of stuff out there until they find out.

      Thanks for coming by 🙂

  13. I’m actually glad Sylviane that I knew nothing about blogging when I came into this or I wouldn’t be where I am today. I know a lot of people online right now that struggle but they haven’t found where they want to be yet. I mean even if you do all the research and get started you still may soon learn that what you were blogging about is really of no interest to you now.

    I think because I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to be doing I stumbled myself and having known all of this I probably would have never started. I would have been scared to death that I would get this all wrong. As you know I never considered myself a writer so in my mind I was definitely not good enough.

    But on the other hand you are right. I mean it’s just common sense to do your research before you get started so you’ll know everything that’s involved before jumping in. Too many people bail altogether because they find that they’re overwhelmed once they’re here and find it’s just too much for them.

    That doesn’t have to be the case if you can find something you really enjoy. Writing about it will then come naturally for the majority of people. But as you also said, blogging isn’t for everyone.

    Great tips Sylviane.

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    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, I know what you mean. On one hand knowing all that’s involved can scare people off before they start, but on the other hand knowing the basics will help them.

      I think that we need to have a balance. In my case, I wish I had learned some of the things that I mentioned here, because it would have save me some time. I’m someone who wasted so much time, it’s scary 🙂

      Thanks for coming as always, and have a great rest of the week!

  14. Good suggestion for the newbie bloggers!

    Agree with your points. Prior knowledge in blogging is good and would let the bloggers to proceed the next level. Writing is the essential quality for the bloggers to thrive in it.

    Yeah, very much impressed your last point. We should keep in touch with the bloggers of same niche and should be aware of latest stuffs.

    Thanks for writing the useful post sylviane, keep doing it 🙂
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    1. Hi Nirmala, and welcome to my blog.

      I’m glad you found me and appreciated this article. Building relationships with other bloggers is very important for any blogger’s success.

      Thank you for coming and see you around at your place.

  15. Thanks for sharing! This is so useful for newbie blogger to get start with blogging. I absoluty agree the post. You know I started blogging for three but I failed when I started because 3 first reason. I have not clarify about what is blogging and how to start it. Moreover, I have choose wrong niche which I have no experience with that. These I am none native English and King of misspelling. I could engage reader with content. Okay! but now three I could learnt a lot about mistake. I wish all newbie blogger follow these all tips before started their own.
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    1. Hi Kimsea,

      One important thing about non-English natives is that we need to improve the language skill. There are many bloggers who are non-English natives, but we can’t tell. If on the other hand we can, then it means that we need to read a lot to learn the language fully.

      I’m glad you came here and hope to see you here again soon!

  16. Hi Sylviane,

    Good advice for anyone wanting to start a blog. Honestly, I had no idea when I started my blog how blogging will be as everyone will tell you it’s a piece of cake and you need it to have a presence online. But after I already have one, I can say it is lots of hard work if you want to keep providing real value through your content. It takes effort and lots of time. Still I stress out on every post I make to make sure it has value to offer.

    I like all the 5 ways you mentioned and they are all valid if we are to keep our enthusiasm going about blogging. I hope other newbies to blogging can read this before they start blogging to decide if blogging is for them or not.

    Thanks Sylviane for this information and like Donna I am also learning so much from your blog posts about writing styles and the ideas you provide.

    Be Blessed,

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  17. Good advice. I like #1 and #2. Some people just jump into blogging and don’t take the time to really learn what its all about. I did that and I learned my lessons a long time ago. Three blogs later to finally arrive with a blog I can finally be proud of.

    #2 Really hit home because I remember having a Golf blog and quite honestly it wasn’t for me. I called myself trying to create something for my man and as much as I love golfing, I hate blogging about it. I don’t watch it as much as he does and after a few posts, I hung it up. Then came the coupon websites and I was toast! You think I would learn and again I didn’t do my homework and ended up working harder than I needed to. I was left feeling exhausted and almost gave up.

    Researching your niche is crucial because you get to see what you are up against and strategize how you can be different with your brand. So many people have excelled at this and some haven’t. Maybe they have their own agendas or goals, but the more you know, the better you can decipher if its the right niche for you.
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    1. Hi Sonia,

      I’m so glad that you agree with me, not just to agree, but based on your own experience. That’s exactly why I wrote that post, because my experience is very similar to yours.

      I had a blog about health products and even a tech blog at one point, but I didn’t like to blog about those topics. Yes, I can write articles on such topics for clients, but not every single week for my blogs.

      I know that most of us will learn as we go, but the more you can figure out in advance the better it will be for you.

      Thanks for giving us all the details about your experience and how it fits what I’m talking about in the post.

  18. Hi Sylviane, What a great article! My favorite line was, “If you don’t have one yet, you MUST develop a likable personality.” Lol, good luck to those who try! If they haven’t done it yet, a blog probably wouldn’t help them, though I love your optimism.

    You’re absolutely right, I am amazed often at people who aren’t welcoming at their stores and on their blogs. They should treat visitors like the honored guests they are!

    You’re right about keeping up with your niche too. I hadn’t thought about how that might be difficult for those not in the tech world. If nothing new has happened in your niche for months, you may not think to check it every day. That’s where Zemanta can come in extra handy!

    Thanks so much for this insightful article, Sylviane.
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    1. Hi Carolyn,

      As a matter of fact, I was thinking about you when I mentioned “if you don’t have a tech blog” because you’ve told me recently how you have plenty to write about all the time because of the fact that tech is adding and changing every day!

      As for the likable personality, I know it’s tough for some, but it shouldn’t be. Any one should be able, as human being, to display a likable personality. Yep, if you really can’t, then don’t blog!

      Thanks for your great comment and have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Great post Sylviane,

    Out of all the tips I believe #2 is the most important one. Before anyone starts a blog they should ask themselves what are they really interested.

    Like you said your post is going to reflect on how much you love the topic or the lack of it. Coming from writing different posts and reading others, you can tell how enthusiastic someone is about the post or how drawn out and monotonous it is.

    if anything you want to write from difference perspectives, especially getting your readers involved on the topics. This keeps the content looking fresh and keeps your readers in wonder of what you’re going to say on the next blog post.

    thanks for sharing Sylviane!
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    1. Hi Sherman,

      Yes, I think that #2 is very important, indeed, as it is the back bone of your blog.

      What are you blogging about and do you love that topic? If you don’t, then better wait until you find out what you really want to blog about. It’s going to feel like a job if you don’t like what you write about after a while. Right?

      Thanks for coming and have a great weekend!

  20. Welcome back online Sylviane, blogging is like no other task or job. You have to have passion for writing and your niche or it will not survive.

    The challenge is not coming up with topics, but finding topics that interest your readers. With the blogosphere getting more crowded the challenge remains to be differentiate yourself.

    I have had to kill 3 blogs because the interest faded away.
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    1. Hi Micheal,

      Yes, blogging is a job like no other, really well put. Once the interest fades away I know how hard it is to write, as you know it too.

      Sorry for the late response. I just moved and only back online today!

  21. I think having a niche that you are most comfortable with is a very important factor not to get bored or stressed out with running a blog. It is less effort if you have the most comfortable niche.

  22. Hi Sylviane,

    What a beautiful post! Calm, peaceful, serene. It’s a pleasure to read it.

    I agree with you when you say blogging takes work. I just want to add one thing: the work must be CONSTANT.
    If you decided to write 1 blog post a day then you will have to write one blog post a day EVERY DAY.
    This is one of the biggest roadblocks on the road to success. Most people are not constant and many of them don’t understand the concept: “Hey ! Do this EVERY DAY ? No way!” Well, this means there is no way you can succeed. Sorry for you.

    “Blogging about a topic that is not you” – WOW! I know what this means. I wrote about 240 articles on a niche I don’t love and got miserable results. In the end I gave up and started over again in another niche I like. It’s imply insane to do a thing that you don’t like, over and over again, every day.

    Another point I want to make is the need to find people who really master the niche you are in, the so-called experts or influencers. This is a powerful key. By following the influencers you will have a lot o fresh and valuable information available on a daily basis and a lot of topics to write about.

    One last point. Sometimes it pays to play a little bit and have fun on your blog. Write a funny article, post a funny video or try some funny pictures. It will make your life a whole lot easier.

    Thanks for taking the time to write this post. Love it.

    Have a nice day
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  23. Hey sylvian, thanks for your reply on aha-now, I discovered your blog because of that, please stop by my blog as well, hope to keep in touch!

    1. Hi Gauham,

      I’m glad you’ve found me at Harleena’s and will come visit you as well. Just give me a few days, as I’m very busy, but I’ll get there!

      Nice seeing you here!

  24. Hi SYLVIANE,

    This was a great post and in fact I was looking for a post like this about the points mentioned to prevent wearing off of ideas. Your blog is awesome.

    Siddhartha Sinha

  25. Me personally, I don’t read a book to find a fictional friend or relate to the characters. I don’t care if there is a single likable character in a book as long as their story is interesting.

    I read only to be entertained and to think. I like a good debate within my mind. If a character is considered unlikable, then I want to figure out what makes them that way, and if their unlikability means they’re terrible people or if it’s based on their life circumstances and if it’s possible for them to change.

    And are their unlikable choices based on morals or legalities? Maybe what one person considers to be morally reprehensible in a character is not so much for me. Maybe I understand their reasoning and think they’re doing some wrong things for the right reasons. In real life, not everyone is likable for any number of reasons. They could be evil, bitchy, rude, overly opinionated, etc. So why should our fiction be any different.

    I have a character in my story who makes what could be considered questionable choices in his life. I know there are people who would immediately write him off and call him a villain of sorts. To me he is far from being any type of villain or morally irresponsible person. He made a choice that I feel is his personal right to make and while some may point to the moral consequences I think it is simply a “meh” what really is the big deal type of thing.

    I suppose I’m writing his story from the point of view (i.e. my point of view) that he shouldn’t be dismissed so easily as an unlikable character because of this. But at the same time, all moral consequences are considered, taken stock of and ultimately it doesn’t mean things work out completely to his advantage in the end.

    He is forced to bow somewhat to the pressures of doing what others consider to be “the right thing” even if he doesn’t agree with it himself.
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