There’s Not a Speck of Blogging Advice in this Post (So Why Read it?)
Posted by Leslie
My quirky little blog is not shaping up like any of the blogs I follow. It’s finding its own somewhat disjointed rhythm, sometimes to my frustration but frequently to my amusement and delight.
Re-reading a couple of weeks’ posts, they really run the gamut. There’s a small sprinkling of “daily grind” posts, a wee trickle of inspirational posts, a fitful clump of “ranting and raving” posts and I’m delighted to note, a substantial smattering of chuckle-out-loud funny posts.
There is only the very intermittent “advice post.”
Most of the blogs I read are specifically focused “advice” blogs. Better blogging advice, mastering social media advice, how to earn oodles of money as a freelance writer advice — advice, advice, advice… Dear Abby would be proud!
Clearly, my blog is not an advice blog. I’m a fairly new writer (three years) trying to build her career. Although I stick to the niche of writer/writing career as the focus of this blog, I’m basically exploring my own journey rather than trying to inform anyone else’s.
With this blog, I’m working on liberating my creativity, writing outside the box, and adding some wit, edge or off-the-wall-ness anyplace it feels appropriate. Because I like that kind of stuff.
And humor can be really tricky to write; sometimes I can do it and sometimes I just can’t. I’m not sure if it has to do with the subject matter or my mood — but that’s a good topic to explore further. (Hallelujah — A great idea for tomorrow’s post! Take that, NaBloPoMo!)
What I’m doing flies in the face of conventional blogging wisdom. (I know this because I read so much advice, natch.) Bloggers are recommended to take the focus off themselves and put it onto their readers. They are told to make sure they are giving the reader value, and honestly I think this is great advice. The blogs I read daily provide the tips, tech and encouragement I need to be successful in my career. I rarely read a blog just for fun.
That’s kind of sad, but there are only so many hours in the day and only so much computer my eyes can tolerate.
If by now you’re thinking, what’s the point of this post, lady? I have only so many hours in the day also…
Here it is:
I want to know — why do people follow my blog? Why are you following? After two months of blogging, I have 60 email subscribers and who knows how many RSS subscribers. Why are you taking the time out of your busy day to read what I write?
A heartfelt THANK YOU, by the way!
I could be cynical and suspect people are following in the hope that I will follow their blog in return. That is a fairly common blog marketing strategy, as is leaving comments on someone’s blog so you can link back to your own. I know; I’ve done it.
If you’ve gotten this far reading this post, I’m going to ask you a favor. Tell me why you subscribed, and why you come back. I know what I’m getting from writing it, but what are you getting from reading it?
If it’s a link, that’s fine.
But please tell me — I’m not sure why, but it feels important. I’d like to know what about this blog gives you value, dear readers.