Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Knowing What's Best for Your Blog

I'm going to keep this short and simple today. When it comes to blogging you can get hit with a lot of information at once. Even everything I say won't apply to every person in the same way. So I'm going to repeat my title again.



Know What's Best for Your Blog


Should you blog once a week or everyday? Should you join every blogfest or none at all? Should you talk about writing tips or post short stories? These are questions only you can answer for yourself.

You know what you can handle. You've seen what people like best on your blog. Go with your gut. All you need to  do to make your blog unique is harness your own uniqueness in the way only you can.

Now go out there and listen to that voice that tells you what's right.

22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've found my grove!
And writing tips from me? Boy, would I mess up a bunch of writers.

Samantha May said...

I think, after two years, I'm finally starting to figure this blogging thing out :)

Happy Friday!

Writing Through College

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure this out... it is not easy!

ilima said...

Sometimes I think blogging is like writing. Yeah, I can write what people will respond to most, but really it's an outlet for me. When readers like it too, that's just a bonus. :)

Erin Shakespear said...

Excellent points. I also think writers need to take into consideration what is best for their writing. With a house full of small ones I have to decide where to spend my time. So, I could spend more time blogging, but this would probably eat up most of my writing time.

It's all about the balance.

Robin said...

I'm still figuring out what my blog is for me. An outlet? A way to connect? A place where other writers can learn and laugh? One day I'll get it all figured out, for now, I'm winging it. Signing up for what's interesting. Blogging about what interests me, and trying no to let it sit dormant for too long.

John Wiswell said...

Nothing wrong with keeping some of these posts short! Especially for prolific hoppers.

I think the most important thing is a reliable schedule. If someone decides to blog once a week, then it's got to be every Wednesday, or every Saturday morning, or every Monday and Friday. Habit is the biggest part of what's right for a blog, between both writer and reader.

John at The Bathroom Monologues

Jenny S. Morris said...

This is exactly what I'm evaluating right now. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm going to do when I come back from my break.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I blog five days a week. A bit excessive? Perhaps. But somedays I have a lot to say (or perhaps bitch about).

prerna pickett said...

this is perfect for me because right now I'm really trying to figure out what works best with my blogging. It seems like i have less time to do stuff and i feel guilty about not keeping up with my blog, but I have find what works best for me.

Rena said...

Yeah, I think I spend too much time blogging, but then I think I should do it more... In the end I try to do as much of the fun as I can.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

That's why I created a schedule. It really helps keep your blog focused yet fun to read.

Carrie-Anne said...

Very good points! Some blogs will get more hits with daily posts, while others will only get regular hits 2-3 times a week.

Mina Burrows said...

I think it will always be a challenge. I blog and write when I can, ya know?

I think when you're published it's more of challenge to put relevant content for your fans and readers. It adds more fuel to the fire.

Julie Luek said...

I've done a lot of blog examination since the beginning of the year and think I'm finding a comfort and groove with mine more and more. Like Alex, I've backed off the writing advice aspect-- I surely don't have that corner of the market, and not really what I'm going for. Plenty of books for that. Good thoughts, again.

Jessie Humphries said...

Totally agree. Except I kind of don't know what is best for me right now. Working on it!

Cathy said...

Blogging's a great theme for the A-Z, and you're the first person I've run across who's tackling it.

My one problem with blogging is that it can be too time consuming if I let it be, especially if I do a lot of socializing. However, that's what the A-Z is all about, and so I'm having a lot of fun getting to know other bloggers. I'm your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

I'd say it took me two years to find my blog voice. This is the first time I'm taking part in a challenge of this kind and I'm using it to explore some concepts of my work-in-progress creative writing guide. -Belinda.

Angela Brown said...

Excellent point. Only you, the blogger, can know what's best for you.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I had a real niche going, but didn't feel like it was true to who I was as a writer, and my blog was getting blogged more often than my writing was getting written. I really had to talk to myself about if I wanted lots of followers or lots of interacters, and I know that what I'm doing may make me lose some followers now, but will *hopefully* get more who want to talk about what I want to talk about. I guess we'll see.

Jeff Hargett said...

"...harness your own uniqueness in the way only you can." So true--and not only with our blogging, but with everything.

Jay Noel said...

Back in the day, I used to blog every other day. That's impossible these days. Mondays are my normal blog days now.