Before we get to the nitty-gritty, since I know not all of my regular readers are going to have time for this right now, I have another article up on Fantasy-Faction! It’s just a review, but His Fair Assassin is a FABULOUS book series, so you should go check it out.
Now, onto the real post…
I’ve been waiting for a round of Blogging 201 (hosted by WordPress) to come around that wasn’t coinciding with other well-established major plans. Like NaNoWriMo, and building the chicken coop, and, well, recovering from those things PLUS the holidays.
The end of 2014/beginning of 2015 was hectic, y’all.
But it’s time to move on and be productive again, here on the blog as well as in ‘real life’. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, though, it is that I’m much more productive if I have a concrete plan. This is part of why my novel-writing goes so much better if I have an outline.
So, the first assignment for Blogging 201 is to set three goals. (You can see the assignment post here.)
Also, I will confess here that I have done none of the rounds of Blogging 101, because I’ve essentially done everything that is assigned for those rounds in the last 4-ish years that I’ve been blogging consistently.
There are two questions given to ponder when figuring out those three goals mentioned above – “Why do you blog?” and “If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like?”
And I had to stop and think for… a while.
Honestly, a lot of days, I don’t know why I blog. I mean, I started blogging way-back-when post-high-school. With Xanga. And Livejournal. I’m old enough to have even had MySpace, you guys. For real. I remember when you had to have a .edu email address to join Facebook.
Back then, I blogged to keep up with friends. These days, I blog because I’m a writer.
Because ‘they say’ that to make it anywhere in the writing industry – especially if you’re even considering self-publishing and want to make actual money at it – you must have an online presence. An active online presence.
I don’t know about you, but one of the fastest things that can kill my inspiration is being told that I have to do something, and how I have to do it. I’m a creative person. Personally, I need structure, but I need flexible structure. If that makes sense.
Blogging because ‘they say’ I need to, as I have been doing for the past few years, has been mentally exhausting.
And yet, I enjoy the fruits of blogging. I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people the past few years that I would have never met otherwise. And for a while, when things were hard last year, and the thought of giving up blogging was a legitimate option for reducing stress in my life, some of the people I know here were the only reason I kept on.
So my ‘why I blog’ has changed over the past couple of years. I’m tired of doing things because ‘they say’ I need to. Now, I’m blogging for me (or at least attempting to), and sometimes because I’m trying to convince myself that my words have worth.
If my blog were to surpass my wildest dreams… I’m honestly not sure what it would look like. My INTJ personality loves checking my stats page. I’d love to see MORE numbers there, but I’m not discontent with how things are now, either. Traffic fades away about two days after I make a post, but it jumps quite a bit on the days I do make a post, which tells me that people are interested in what I have to say, even if they don’t always comment.
I guess my idea of ‘overwhelming success’ here would be… for all of my readers to comment. Not even on every post, but on at least some posts. That would be really cool. But my best idea for making that happen is emailing every single one of my readers and pleading (blackmailing?) them to JUST COMMENT ON SOMETHING. I don’t think that will really be effective, though.
So. My more realistic three goals are:
- Get 2-5 non-time-sensitive posts written and in the queue for when I don’t have time to post. Because garden season is rapidly approaching.
- Blog more about things I’m passionate about, even if it’s scary for me to open up that much, and even if it’s sometimes more controversial (but still respectful).
- Foster a better relationship with my readers, with the end goal of more interaction on my blog, and me knowing my readers better.
If you have any suggestions for achieving those goals, please let me know!