Over the past few weeks I’ve thought a lot about what more I could be doing with my blog. Typically, I’m either writing about whatever is current in the day-to-day of my career or promoting some publication or public event. However, I’m uncertain if I’m getting the most out of this (relatively) new section of my website, and more importantly, if those visiting my site are getting the most out of it as well. So I thought I’d pose the question to all of you: what would you like to read about on my blog?
Blogging is still a bit difficult for me. Not so much the actual writing bit (it’s quite easy for me to write, at length, about a subject I’m passionate about or almost anything really), but I had in the past frowned upon the idea of blogging. I always thought it a waste of a writer’s time. Better they spend the effort writing a story or article for publication. Of course I’ve since changed my position on the matter, and for good reason.
I keep a journal and like journaling, I find blogging is a wonderful way of keeping your writing skills sharp (after a fashion) without the pressure of having to write about anything in particular. It also gives you a different outlet for your inner scribe. More, though it may be painfully obvious to others, I’ve come to associate blogging with the concept of a writer’s column–a fine use of a writer’s skills. What also contributed to my change in perspective was my work on Game-Flush.com (by now, perhaps, a dated reference). Having worked on the site for two years, I saw the potential and value of blogging through the small successes my partners and I had with the site before we closed its doors. And so, over a year ago, I added this blog to my site.
That said, even having blogged weekly for well over a year and though I find it easy to write, I’m still uncertain of what to write about. I rarely read blogs myself (though I do read columns occasionally, especially Stephen King’s The Pop of King in Entertainment Weekly–my guilty reading pleasure), so I’m not entirely certain what people go in for when reading blogs in particular. Though some ideas have presented themselves.
I’ve thought about career advice, writer and artist tips, and other useful bits of information, but I don’t know that I’ve had enough experience to be of any real help to others yet. (Though, I suppose, that’s how every writer feels at first when tackling a new subject: what relevant knowledge do I have on the subject? Probably more than one realizes.) I’ve also thought about writing about things which interest me, from books, to video games, to martial arts. It’s my blog, so I suppose it’s entirely up to me really. However, I always feel it’s best to get feedback from your customers (in this case, my readers). I wonder if there isn’t something specific my small but growing audience wouldn’t love to read about. Thus, I ask the question: what is it you’d like to see more of on my blog?
Already ideas are coming to mind, but I’d still appreciate some feedback on the subject, so please offer yours in the comments section below. I promise to read all of them; I’m very interested to hear your thoughts. Keep in mind (in order to better guard against unwanted spam), you must have a comment approved once on my site before you can continue commenting freely without approval. In light of that, I will do my best to get on often and approve comments for this blog entry. I look forward to hearing from you all. Cheers!