I am going to have to disagree with you slightly on this timethief.
1/You state we are off track,Let me ask you this,what are those of us who have personal blogs,who write about daily lives,who write poetry,or stories or simple have blogging as something they do in their free time supposed to do?what are we supposed to link too to make our pages legit for search engines? i cant simply link to something that hasnt been published online,from my imagination,from my personal experiences.......yes i can link to similar trains of thought ,like-minded people,who are in agreement with me,yes i can link to news articles,you tube videos or songs which have a similar theme or message to the one i talk about in that post.....i cant however link to whats not there......so how do i correct this,and have it so a search engine knows that when i do link "offtrack" its not because im posting links randomly.its because its personal,and hasnt been written about before i cant link to what is not out there somewhere else..i can only link to similar themes etc...and for that i may infect be getting viewed by Google search engine as offtrack
2/Taking that into consideration timethief,ive given this a lot of thought,about how it it all ties in with my readers,i am very aware of that,and conscious about it before i publish any links of any sort,ive come to the decision i personally with my own blog,am not looking for blog to be set up to be a wealth of information,[im not wikipedia posting links to anything and everything with a similar word,or subject matter] it is for me personal,creative and imaginative,what i write about,i do not have anywhere to link to,if i do get inspired by something,a news article,a song, or something of that nature i do indeed post a link to it on my page,under the post,and that all ties into that specific topic ive just discussed.
How do i then go about fixing this problem?how can i find out what my serps on google are?,and how do i go about getting higher up on the listing?,is there anyway for me to know this?,a site i can go to to see where i do in fact place,and perhaps set about correcting my page??
4/timethief,if i were to do as you say,and simply link only to other creative writers,im going to end up sending my own readers off onto a different source and style of writing different then my own.Poets,story wiiters,people who talk about there lives,experiences etc......i have my own unique set up,way of writing,style......i cant simple link to other creative writers,because there works are vastly different from my own,ill lose out too with my own readers for suggesting those page to them....id prefer not to link at all,if i have to be confined to linking other creative writers only.....I am a person,into different things,music,books,poetry,science,etc......when a reader comes to my page....im showing them all that,im showing them,look this is me,this is how i write,this is what inspires me,this is where you may find relevant information,or this is my source material[if i have source material.mostly i write about experiences etc]....i am being consistent with the information i provide,yet to a search engine im not...an impersonal software programme im not....how do i fix this?..or can i even?...im unclear in that regard
4/i will only show my readers links,reciprocal ones,from different styles of blogs,because they to me as a person are interesting and relevant to me,my ideas for my posts,they are of interest to me,and they may be as well for my readers
I too am not doing it for any sort of reward or pay off,page ranking are fine,im not looking to achieve that with my own personal blog,if i do in time decide to take it more seriously,i will simply open up another blog,and follow the advice you have given timethief.....i am unclear how to do that with a personal creative blog though.....if i was a published author,or writer,then id have relevant information to link too.....im not,i blog for people to read if they want,posts i share...that come from me and my own lifestyle,background,experiences etc
however i am like most on here simply looking to have a few people come check it out,simply read if they want
most people timethief are doing blogs for themselves,to vent,to link up,make friends,fellow bloggers,they like,and thats all....they arent concerned with making a page ranking on google,they arent interested in anything but have there own little blog world,to chat to people,share some posts,have a few comments on what they post,and thats it