@fgtech @bradenslen these points are certainly true. I love Derek Sivers talk on “obvious to you, amazing to others”. The number of times people pick up on a tiny throwaway comment in my writing is really fascinating. I guess this doesn’t invalidate my thesis that publishing should be for other people, but maybe we should publish more as you don’t know what will help other people?
@ChrisJWilson Sometimes I will make a post on something I'm interested in but I doubt anyone else is interested in, just to test the waters. Sometimes the response has been delayed, and interest only came after the post started ranking in search engine results and the audience was wider.
But still it is better to stick with subjects you want to write about. OTOH don't discount topics that you know and like just because you think nobody will be interested.
@bradenslen My best friend and I played we were The Hardy Boys, and even drew fantasy book covers about them, and at one point we even started on a book, so yes, they were very important to me as well. And after dealing with severe anxiety some years back, the first books I turned to for getting back into reading was The Hardy Boys.