Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Re-evaluating this blog
I enjoy blogging, but lately I've been thinking about what I'm doing here. I'd like to ask for your help, dear readers, in re-evaluating this blog and finding a better way forward.
My initial idea back in 2008 was to share ideas, articles and items that I found interesting, intriguing or funny, in the hope that others would enjoy them as well. Clearly that's worked pretty well, as several thousand page views each day illustrate; but page views alone aren't everything. For example, I used to produce a lot more in-depth articles on subjects that interested me (see my Weekend Wings and Weekend Warships series listed in the sidebar, and my articles on firearms and self-defense). As other activities have grown (including writing in other forms), those have become much less frequent - and that's less fun for me. Furthermore, I'd like to share some of my other writing with you, both in fiction and in non-fiction. As I get closer to publishing a few books, I'd like to share them with my readers here and ask for your feedback. In due course, as the books come out, I'll ask you to help me publicize them to other potential readers.
As an initial step, I'm thinking of cutting back on the number of blog articles that merely reference other news sources. I won't eliminate them altogether - I enjoy the Doofus of the Day series, for example, and I think many of you do too. However, it's clear that some topics of abiding interest to me, such as economics, aren't necessarily what many readers enjoy.
Here's what I have in mind. I'll cut back to two blog articles each day, perhaps three. One might reference another news article or source; one might discuss something I'm doing, or that those important to me are doing; and one might look at an issue or topic in more-than-passing depth, or embed a video clip just for the fun of it. In addition, I'll try to work on a longer article for half an hour to an hour each day as well. That will allow me to produce one or two of them each month, which I hope will be more interesting for all of us. I'll also scale back on subjects that have demonstrably led to less reader interaction, such as economics, because it seems many people simply don't want to read a constant diet of bad news in that area (or any other, for that matter). Finally, I'll work towards producing more articles about writing and publishing (both my own work, and in general), with a view to helping readers interested in those areas. If I can emulate John Scalzi and parlay an existing Web presence into publishing success, I'll be a very happy man! (All I have to do now is match the quality of his work, which is far more easily said than done . . . )
What say you, friends? Any thoughts from your side on how this blog can be further improved? I'd love to hear your reactions and suggestions in Comments, please - the more, the merrier! (If you want to write at greater length, my e-mail address is in my blog profile - click the link in the sidebar.) Tell me what you think about this blog in its present form, and about my proposals above. I haven't finalized my ideas yet, and I won't until I've heard from as many of you as possible and taken your views into account. (After all, in one sense this blog is as much yours as mine! It wouldn't exist without its readers.)
Thanks in advance for your input.