I’m thinking about re-launching my blog. Ever since I quoted that thing from the screenplay blog a while ago I’ve been considering how I can make my blog better and better-read (more the later if I’m really honest).
A few random points
- unless you’re already well-known or have a large circle of friends, acquaintances or people interested in what you think, it’s easier to get readership if you focus on a single theme or topic.
- e.g. M. has a blog. It’s about knitting. Other knitters read it. Oh and…
- pictures don’t hurt.
- M. tells me she has worked hard to ‘promote’ her blog. Which mainly consists of posting on other knitting blogs.
- shorter posts probably better
- whilst the allure of blogging for the writer maybe be quickly knocking off a piece, to the reader the usual criteria apply – so worth taking some time to make it well written if possible
So I’ve been mulling these and other thoughts over for the last few weeks. I’d pretty much decided that as well as some promoting and better, leaner writing I would re-launch the blog as mainly being about X, where X is… Well what should X be? Options are:
- Reviews (mainly films but maybe books and TV too)
- God Stuff
Let’s rule out 1. on the basis that a) I have another blog for actual writings and if I want to write about writing… well I don’t really.
Of the rest – I discussed this with M. a while and she said she enjoyed reading my film reviews because she could relate to them (as opposed to the computer stuff which is not her thing). The God Stuff might be easier to promote as the main place I post is on Ship of Fools. Computers, though easy for me to blog about is also easiest to drop. I’m not doing anything particularly cutting edge and it seems to be the topic where I’m most easily given to expanding amounts of verbiage.
So what do you think, O long-suffering blog-readers? Not saying this is a binding vote but if you have any comments on the kinds of things that make you want to read a blog, stuff you’ve read here that you enjoyed, or elsewher – then let me know. I’ll certainly appreciate it.