I’ve had a lot on my mind this week – most of which I’m not at liberty to share. But there’s this other ridiculous thing on my mind that I can share. I recently read a great blog post called “Art Blogging vs. Conversational Blogs” from Righttobitch.com. As part of that he talked about styles of blogs – what works and what doesn’t. He got me thinking (possibly obsessing: pardon me! My insecurity is showing)…and rather than furiously fretting any further, or freezing in fear, I’m just going to ask! For anyone reading this right now, whether you’re passing through or you’re a more “seasoned” reader of my eclectic (or should that word be spastic) blog, this is a fortuitous day! I’m interested in what you have to say because your opinion matters to me!
Disclaimer: please believe me when I say this is in no way some twisted or manipulative ploy to attract positive responses, to elicit flattering compliments, or to soothe my currently bruised ego (not that those things would offend me, but that’s not what I’m “up to” here). I don’t mean to sound needy! And while I am a woman in the midst of a midlife crisis, I promise not to let any raging hormones escape in your direction…
So without further ado (and using Right to’s listed “free tips”) – here goes:
1) “Shtick ‘em Up – Most bloggers have a shtick.” I don’t think I have a shtick except that I’ve spent a large part of my life crying, and I’ve simply decided I want to spend the next large part laughing, or something along those lines. I try to plan what I’m going to write about (and sometimes even conduct research), but for the most part, I just try to let “life” happen and look at the funny side of it. I’d get bored writing (or in your case, reading) the same stuff day after day! There’s a crisis every day, and there are times when I certainly feel like I’m living from one to the next. But as for mid-life, well…I can’t change that! Is anyone else having fun or am I laughing at myself, by myself? (how sad!)
2) “Good Writing vs. Good Blogging…Ask yourself if what you write about is something that an audience would want to engage in”. Umm…Here’s your chance – go!
3) “Brevity is Key – There’s nothing that deters me as a reader more than an extremely lengthy post…Get to the point, make it a good one”. I’ve never considered myself a “chatty kathy” in person, but upon reading past blog posts…Boy! Am I an annoyingly perky and optimistic person! I tried to figure out when “Miss Mary Sunshine” moved in, but all I ended up doing was having a rather lengthy conversation with myself, out loud, that reminded me too much of the Gilmore Girls…witty, fast-talking and perky! I apologize…I think I just discovered the answer to my own question – “Chatty Kathy” must die!
And finally, the big one plaguing my thought processes in the middle of the night:
4) “Quality, Not Quantity – If you’re in a hurry to post something daily, you might want to consider not only how it affects the quality of your content, but also how your audience is reacting to the frequency of your posts…It takes a lot of time to be a “follower”…Also remember, it takes time to produce something high-quality…Be selective. Otherwise, you might not only burn yourself out, you’ll also burn your audience out too“. With #3 in mind, let me ask this: should I post less often? Am I burning out my precious (few) “followers”?
I started blogging in January on a crazy whim and I’m so glad I did! I love the creative process; I love engaging with others from all over the world – literally! I would miss writing every day (and after 11 months of constant “Chatty Kathy” conversations in my head, it would be hard to shut up), but I can always go back to Facebook or figure out how to tweet (I’ve already set up the account, I just don’t know how to use it)…Thoughts? Any one? Bueller?