Dear Ideal Reader

Day four of Blogging101 was to write a post to your ideal audience. When I read the assignment a lightning bolt of deja vu hit me; it turns out that this is the same assignment that inspired my post ‘Toothpaste, limits, and dreams’. As I considered my ideal audience then, I was struck by memories of asking my mom about her target audience for her art – and so the post ensued. This time I decided to stay on track with the assignment – and leave toothpaste out of it – so here it goes!

After a great deal of thought I have divided my ideal audience into two categories. My first category is people who are happy. I want to write to people who wake up with a smile on their face, even if the sun isn’t up yet or isn’t shining; people who hand out smiles to strangers like candy to kids on Halloween. I want to write to people who see the glass half full, and who encourage others to do the same. I want to write to people who take stock of the amazing things in their lives and who pursue their passions. I want to write to people who are happy.

Okay, before you tell me that this target audience doesn’t exist in large numbers…

My second category is people who want to be happy. I know that most people don’t wake up with a smile on their face – I certainly don’t. I also know that it is hard to hand out smiles to strangers if you don’t have any of your own.

It’s also hard to see the glass half full sometimes, and again it’s hard to encourage others to see it as half full if it looks empty to you. Taking stock of things you are grateful for is challenging when you feel as though you’re not grateful at all – and pursuing your passions is difficult when you’re unhappy.

While it can be difficult to do those things, it’s not difficult to want to do them.

happy quote

Being happy isn’t always just a switch you can flick; choosing to aspire to be happy is, though. So those are the two categories of people I want to write to – those who are happy, and those who want to have the journey of trying to be happy. I am happy that I get to share my own happiness journey on this blog!

59 thoughts on “Dear Ideal Reader

  1. The day I wake up with a smile on my face at 4 in the morning is the day when cats and dogs will rain from the sky and start living together (mass hysteria!). But while I may not be a morning person, I usually try to see the glass half full and be grateful for the things I have. It’s hard to be positive in this world when everywhere you turn more problems pop out of the ground like caffeinated weasels, so striving for happiness is a very noble kind of goal and probably the longest journey one could face. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you find what you’re looking for, just don’t give up.

    1. Haha! I was close to a smile at 6:30 this morning, but it didn’t last when I saw that it was still dark out. You are absolutely right; there are a lot of problems which make it difficult to remain positive. Thank you so much for reading and offering such kind encouragement! 🙂

  2. Just read your post Sherina. It is so true that being happy is a choice. Wile it’s not always to be happy on a daily basis, it’s choice I strive to aspire to every day. Thanks for your post.

  3. While I don’t believe that happiness is a choice like most of the other commenters, I do believe that you can choose to aspire to it. As someone with Major Depressive Disorder, it is not my choice to be depressed, and I cannot simply decide to be happy(trust me, I’ve tried). However, I can choose to try to do something about it; I chose to get help and change my mental state as best I can. That’s why I liked the image so much because it definitely is a journey.

    1. I agree – I think that making the decision to do try/aspire to be happy is so valuable! I like the quote, too; I love thinking of happiness as a journey. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  4. Great post, it’s straightforward. You’re right, as long as we have the drive to change or be happy, we can! It’s great you’re posting optimistic and encouraging words, we need more of these posts in the blogosphere. And, your overall design is clean and minimalistic, which gives off a nice ambience and works well for your focus. But perhaps consider adding more widgets to your sidebar to allow your readers to see your scope and navigate your blog easier! I’m still a new blogger, but that’s my two cents.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! I agree – we need more positivity in the blogging world, and the real world! 🙂 That’s interesting about the widgets; as a reader, which widgets do you find the most useful?

      1. I guess it really depends on your blog. For example, blogs that discuss books or review them, it’s a must to display your goodreads shelf just to let your readers know what you are/have/will read. So if you ever decide to discuss books, be sure to have that one. But from what I see on your blog thus far, I’d recommend adding the Comment widget to allow new readers to see what posts are popular. I usually gravitate towards posts that have a lot of comments, just to see what the debate is about. Also, as you blog even more, the Archive and Calendar widgets are pretty useful for you and your readers to peruse through your old posts. And sometimes having a category or tag cloud widget helps your visitors get a good gist what you blog. Plus, I think they’re pretty cooling looking! And it’s always best not to clutter the sidebar too much, because that makes it overwhelming. But it’s all really up to your preference and how you want your blog to look! Hopefully all those suggestions helped in some way! 🙂

    1. Happiness is basically the main topic of my blog, so I thought it was fitting! Even in my posts where I am not specifically discussing happiness I still have a positive perspective, so my ideal reader is someone who can identify with my optimism. I hope this answers your questions!

  5. i think i am one of those happy glass-full kind of people and tend to wake up that way [altho we tend not to be received as that by people around us who are not like us so we need to make sure we have the coffee ready!] and so it is inspiring to hear someone wants to write for people like me.

    what will you say to us?

    love your writing
    keep on
    love brett fish

    1. I’m glad you were inspired by this! Thank you for reading. 🙂 To you I would say, keep being happy and positive – it makes a huge difference in life – and use your positive attitude to help others and make a difference!

  6. Just checked out your blog. Love the layout on one level, particularly as it allows you to read the comments without squinting! But agree that it’s quite business-like and doesn’t reflect the tone of your blog. But that will come as you grow into it. (The first layout I used was great on the eye but not easy to navigate).

    My URL is https://mkmacinnes.wordpress.com, if you’d like to check mine out too. I’ve had a few false starts, so any feedback much appreciated. All the best.

      1. Many thanks. Actually I quite like your layout functionally speaking. It’s very readable so in that respect, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe tweaking the colours might soften it a bit. The fact that the comments feature prominently give it a more interactive feel. Hope I’m not contradicting myself! 🙂

      2. I would like to change the colour a bit, but I don’t think I can do that without paying (which I will do at some point in the future). Thank you again 🙂

  7. Keep smiling!

    I’ve been carving out some sort of happiness for myself, but I’ve been very honest on my own site about just how difficult this has been. Still, it’s a commitment and I’m happy to be able to share the blogosphere with some really cool, fascinating and inspiring people.

    Nice blog, for sure and good, thoughtful post.

    Drop in and pay me a visit!

    1. The path to happiness can be difficult; this is why I like the quote “Happiness is a journey, not a destination” so much. It’s not about being unhappy in pursuit of happiness, it’s about doing little things to be happy every day on your journey!! Thank you for reading and your kind words. I will most definitely check out your blog! 🙂

      1. Lobely sentiments! I agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for the follow. Would love it if you checked out my most recent post!

  8. no matter what i go through in life in the midst of my daily issues and activities i still try to smile because i think that is what keeps me going and young at heart. so many things to frown upon but when you take life easy on you , you smile about almost every things. thank you sherina harris for reminding me how lovely my smile is to me and people around me.

    1. Awww, your comment made me smile! I think that smiling no matter what is so important, especially when life is good and you can’t really complain. I’m so glad I was able to give you this reminder. 🙂

      1. Am glad my comment made you smile it’s a good thing to keep pple around you smiling. Has you have written in you blog. Pls try and follow my blogs and thanks for doing so.

  9. Since I’m also doing blogher.com’s March challenge I glossed over this audience assignment. I wasn’t sure who my ideal reader would be. Your post has inspired me to go back, DO the digging around in my head and focus on who my audience could be. Thanks.

  10. I found your blog on the community pool from Daily Post AND I will definitely be following. Your posts are interesting and I love the fluidity of your writing!

    🙂

    -Mykul Mitch

    1. I think it can be, but not as an absolute ending; I think small moments, events, and days can cause you to be in a state of full happiness, but as the quote in my post mentions, happiness is a journey rather than a destination. That’s a really interesting question; thanks for asking! I hope I answered it fully 🙂

  11. Hi Sherina, really liked your ‘sun-is-shining’ attitude. It is really well written blog. Though I understood your expected audience, I am waiting for the content for your two types of audiences.
    Keep Smiling,

    1. Thank you! Yes, I know my most recent post kind of deviates from writing from these audiences; I guess this is actually more like a small sector of the people I want to write for (along with people who are interested in news and world happenings, etc). Thanks for reading!

  12. Hi Sherina! Thanks for liking my post on cyberbullying! I think I’m your ideal reader. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for the past couple years, and now I’m making an effort to work through it. I want to be happy. 🙂 I’m glad I found your blog.

  13. I hope you don’t mind my saying this but I wonder if your ideal reader/s will change after what you said about reading Victor Frankl’s book. What you quoted would suggest a more introspective take on the subject. I’m thinking I may have to temper mine as well, at some point, although not for the same reasons.

    1. Not really. One main point in the book is that we always have a choice in life; he says “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” The fact that we are able to choose to have a positive attitude goes along with what I mention in the post about choosing to be happy. I do understand what you mean, though – thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

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