A simple question that every blogger should ask him or herself, and one that is forgotten about far too often.
There are a number of bloggers out there completely entranced by each of their inch-worm successes. These are the type obsessed with page views and number of likes per post. And I get it. The quantitative measure of progress can be motivational. But its important to not let ourselves get caught up in all that.
I’ll admit that I’ve been there as well, and I think that everyone is when they first start a blog. But one thing that we must all remember is this:
That’s why we do this in the first place isn’t it? To connect with others and share what we are passionate about. That’s the whole point of blogging. Not a desperate grasp at financial independence or a reclaiming of a popularity status you never achieved in high school. These perks can be nice, and I am by no means damning anyone seeking these things.
But blogging should be about the reader.
So, what do your readers care about? You determine your reading group by having them in mind every time you write a new post. What do you want your readers to care about?
As for myself, I’d like my readers to care about my fiction. I want them to enjoy reading my stories and get them in engaging discussions if I can.
In an effort to do this, I invite everyone reading this (if you’ve read this far) to take a look at my site and stories. What would you like to see more or less of? Is there a direction I could take that you would be particularly interested in?
Things I’m considering: book reviews, writing on writing, guest prompts, interactive storytelling, serials, interviews with other writers.
What sounds interesting to you, dear Reader?
I invite all you bloggers to ask yourself this question, if you haven’t already.