To what extent is your blog a place for your self-expression and creativity versus a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?
I started my blog in August, 2010 for two reasons- I wanted to share my stories and poetry with my family and friends, and I felt that having a blog that was easy to work with would motivate me to write more. I had blogs in the past, but they were either too basic or didn’t offer me the platform I wanted, so when WordPress came along, I decided to check them out. The ease of use and the ability to customize my site sold me and I decided to name my blog Jen’s Rambling Thoughts. Over the past eight years, this site has grown in ways I never expected. What was once a disorganized attempt to catalog myself as a fiction writer has become a brain dump of sorts–I run the gamut from (sporadic) poetry to flash fiction, nonfiction and photo essays. Long story short, I was never into this “blogging thing” to earn readers, fans, whatever you want to call them. I attached my page to my Facebook page so my friends and family would know I had one, and when I broke down and got a Twitter account, I linked to that too; I suppose like all other creative types throughout human history, I am chasing immortality with my writing, but my blog doesn’t feed my ego. I’m immensely thankful for the over 200 subscribers I have in my corner of the interwebz, but even if I only had seven or eight, I’d still put my thoughts out into the ether. I would love to know if there are topics my readers would like me to explore, but as for a focus on one particular theme or style, it would ruin the spontaneity of my blog, so no, I’ll continue to ramble on about anything and everything. It’s my way.
Nicely expressed, Jenn. I like your approach to blogging, and I must confess that I’m a little envious. My own up to now is almost exclusively devoted to my literary (such as it is) writings, with an occasional reference to personal experiences.
I never intended for my blog to end up where it is – serendipity maybe? I love your blog and your endless creative energy!