Well, it’s finally here. One year of putting words to screen and hoping they would reach out and touch someone (but not in a gross way). As with any milestone, the blogiversary has prompted reflection on my part. How do I feel about what I’ve done so far? What do I want to achieve in the future? Lucky for me, synchronicity was at work this week when Daily Blog Tips posted 8 Critical Questions You Should Ask Yourself as a Blogger. Half of them don’t apply to me because I do not intend to monetize this blog. Write Up My Life is a creative outlet, a community (I hope), and honestly, a joy. Trying to do anything with it monetarily would ruin that for me, and probably for readers, so that’s off the table.
Four of the questions seemed more appropriate to ask YOU, if you are willing to provide your input. I think to some extent all bloggers start a blog to serve some purpose for themselves, but somewhere along the way, it becomes more about the people who come to visit you on the blog (or at least it should, IMHO) than about that initial self-purpose. So in order to gear up for the next year of blogging, I’d like to hear more about you and what you would like to see on this blog (and blogs in general).
1. Are you blogging about your passion?
This is an easy yes for me. I am passionate about writing, certainly, but I am also passionate about my family, my dog, nature, reading, cooking, traveling, etc. I try to balance posts about writing and posts about my life, although sometimes a particular post works as both. I would quickly get bored if I wrote only about writing or only about my life. I’m sure you’d get pretty bored if I only wrote about my life too! BUT, I would like to know if you think the my passion comes through in my blog posts, regardless of the subject du jour. Should I be putting more personality/passion in the posts or I am I already at risk of revealing TMI? Inquiring minds want to know!
2. Do you know your audience?
Some of the sub-questions here ask whether you know what your readers want and don’t want and whether they find your posts useful. What I know about my readers/followers is that many of them are writers, but many of them are not. That is why I try to strike a balance on the blog between strictly professional and more personal posts. So I ask you, if you are a writer, do you still enjoy the more personal posts? If you are not a writer, do your eyes glaze over when you read the writing posts, or do I manage to make them interesting to you?
3. Are you building a community?
I think so. I try to ask thought-provoking questions at the end of most posts to get people excited to engage in a conversation. I joined the Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade and visit the crusaders’ blogs as often as I can. I’m on other Twitter and Facebook. I do giveaways here and there. (Like the Blogiversary Harry Potter movie giveaway). Are there other things I could do to “up” the community quotient of the blog?
4. Are you solving your reader’s problems?
Let me be frank. I can barely figure out how to solve my own problems, so I doubt if I will be able to solve yours. If I had all the answers, I’d probably be a multi-published author bringing money in hand over fist right now instead of blogging. If I had all the answers, my kids would be behave perfectly at all times, my cakes would never sag in the middle, I’d weigh about 20 lbs less and my house would be featured in Architectural Digest. As soon as all of that happens, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, I hope that as I flounder, learn, flounder some more, and then learn some more, that my posts about that process are helpful to you too. It’s not so much “misery loves company” as “company alleviates misery,” so let’s go through it together.
So, what say you dear readers? I would be eternally grateful if you could weigh in on some of those questions so I can provide you with the best blog I can.
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