Thursday, September 5, 2013

On Bashing Blogging Ruts

So my fantastic blogger friend nevillegirl post THIS about figuring out how to have an awesome blog. I think it's super helpful (especially seeing as she has over 212 subscribed to her blog by e-mail at the moment).

While I read the post, I put mental checkmarks near each suggestion.

  • Post frequently. Check. I try to post at least three times each week, sometimes more, sometimes lest.
  • Try to post meaningful stuff. Half of a check. Most of the time I try to post stuff I think people will care about, including myself, but I have a weakness for memes. Especially about books. And writing. And Harry Potter.
  • Ignore the people who say, “Well, I don’t think you should write about ___.” Check. I haven't had any of those people, luckily.
  • Make your blog easy on the eyes. Check. It's colorful and creative---like me--but it's not over the top. I tend to avoid those kinds of blogs.
  • Communicate with your readers, and make it easy for them to communicate with you. Check, check, and check! :D I very much encourage comments and--in general--I try to respond to every single one I receive, even if it's a quick, "Thanks for commenting!" or "I'm glad you enjoyed it!"
  • Make your blog easy to navigate. Check. I have a search bar, blog post archives, and tags to click on. If you're having problems finding a post, I'm not sure what else to do.
  •  Vary the content of your posts. Uh . . . 
Yeah. That was what I was leading up to.

When I first started blogging, I had a ton of variety. (I also had a schedule back then and little blogging experience). I don't want to have a schedule. I like the element of surprise and spontaneity. And I think blog readers do, too, in general. But the downside of not having a schedule is that you can easily fall into a blogging rut.

Recently it seems like I'll I've been blogging about is writing, books, and memes about both things. Sure there might be an interview in between or a quick link to something fun, but usually those things are writing and book related, too. These are both activities I'm passionate about, and I think you should show your passion for those activities, but reading about these things day after day after day can get tiring for people.

Of course I'm not tired of these things, but I'm sure a lot of you are. (Well, I don't know. Are you)?

When I realized all of this, I got an idea. Ding! *Cue lightbulb above head* What if I conducted a survey?

How about it readers? What do you want to hear from me? Maybe a post full of quotes I like? Posts about things I've been up to lately? Pictures I've taken? The choice is yours! :D The fate of my blog is in your hands (so don't mess it up).

Another idea I had to conquer this infernal blogging rut is to ask people to guest post on my blog. If you have an idea--any idea at all--for a post on my blog, send me an e-mail at themagicviolinist(AT)gmail(DOT)com and we can talk it over! :) I hope to get lots of responses from you all!


Beth said...

I know I'm not tired at all of the book and writing posts. I would like to see posts like you write for the Write Practice and Positive Writer! You do so good on them, I would love to see more of them here. Quotes are always good too! :)

Emmelie Swan said...

Thanks, this is great advice for me because I've just started a writing blog.

Roselle Zubey said...

This article has excellent advice in it. I just started my blog so I intend to follow it to the letter. Keep up the great work Magic Violinist.

Dr. Mark said...

I actually like how your blog is fairly random. You have your favorite topics, and you can get on kicks where you write multiple posts about one topic. Overall, though, you write about whatever comes to mind in that moment. When it comes to personal blogs, that's what I like.

Erika Simone said...

Hey, I just wanted to say I enjoyed reading this list - I think I'm going to have to work on a couple of those! :)

The Magic Violinist said...

Thanks for all of the comments! :D I'm happy to see some new faces here.

Boquinha said...

Okay, first off . . . half of a check? Really? Since when aren't memes, books, writing, and Harry Potter meaningful? Pish posh.

Secondly, I like that your blog has a focus - you clearly love writing and reading and I like that there is so much about that on your blog. You vary within those topics beautifully. Don't you worry.

If you're looking for feedback, I like hearing about what you're up to (you know, in addition to all the reading/writing stuff). And not just because I'm your mom. :P It's something I really like in general - I like to get to know my professors, my baristas, authors, singers, actors . . . it makes them more real and more interesting and more relatable, I guess.

I LOVE your blog. It is one of my very favorite things to read. :)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha Thanks! :D I've had people say in the past that they'd like to see more posts about what I'm doing in life besides reading and writing. I'll try harder to do that (especially sine I'm terrible at keeping a journal). :)

The Magic Violinist said...

Whoops, since.