What, in your opinion, is the definition of a “reader.” A person who indiscriminately reads everything in sight? A person who reads BOOKS? A person who reads, period, no matter what it is? … Or, more specific? Like the specific person who’s reading something you wrote?
This is an interesting question. My first thought is that a “reader” is someone for whom reading is a given in their life, in some sense. Someone who would consider reading something, be it a magazine or a book or something else, to be an activity that they would willingly spend their time on and enjoy. I think another way to say this is that anyone who would consider themselves a “reader” is a reader. I personally most definitely consider myself a reader; reading is fundamental to my life.
There are other, more specific definitions of a “reader”, as hinted at in the last sentence of the question. When writing essays in high school and college you are taught to think about your audience – your readers, in other words. This is certainly a valid definition, but was not the first thing I thought of, perhaps since I do not write much these days (well, other than my blogs, which are relatively recent – and I don’t have a professor standing at my shoulder telling me to think of my “readers” as I write my blogs. Although, I just realized that I do sometimes think about the readers of my blogs, and wonder if I am writing things that are at all interesting to them, my readers, a somewhat abstract entity).