Wow. This was over 10 years ago. I still haven’t found a following. I’m not good at that and my blog isn’t good enough to draw in readers based solely on content. I don’t think I’ve reached the goal of redeveloping my writing skills. I still stand by the final answer of writing what you know and what interests you. Also, I still think you shouldn’t stress about writing every day even though I do. I should take my own advice on stressing about readers.
I was tagged in the latest blog meme going around by baldgeekinmd. So, here goes:
How/why did you get into blogging:
Many moons ago a friend of mine started posting his book reviews and other musings on LiveJournal. I was interested in what he had to say, so I started reading and then set up an account so I could comment. I decided since I had an account I should start posting. Most of my posts there were rants about my personal life and family issues in general. After a while, I got tired of having a whiny online journal and stopped posting. My next blog I did for work and the 23 Things training and only posted what I had to for homework. It was a very boring blog and I stopped it as soon as I could. I started writing here because I still feel like I occasionally have something to say and want to have somewhere to say it. I also used to be a decent writer and have ignored writing for so long, that I seem to have lost the skill. I’m hoping writing here will help me redevelop my writing skills.
How Did I Gain an Audience?
I haven’t. I have my blog set up with FriendFeed and Twitter to announce a new post and I registered at BlogCatalog. Until recently my most read post was read 14 times. I recently posted thoughts on an issue in the religious community and it has been read 50 times. That and my TV reviews seem to be what people are interested in on my blog. Most of my hits on those came from tags. So, based on my experience, I would say tagging your blog posts will increase your readership quite a bit. It also helps to be writing about a topic of interest to the people reading blogs.
What advice would you give to new bloggers who want to make a name for themselves in the biblioblogosphere?
Being a new blogger myself, I’m not sure I can answer this one. I would say write what you know and within your interest areas. Don’t be afraid to go days without blogging if you have nothing to say. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a wide readership right away.
I think anyone who will read this and blogs will have already been tagged, so I tag no one.
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