Was going through Mili’s blog archives (had an hour to kill before going home :P) and she posed some interesting questions after having blogged for 3 months. I’ll quote the pertinent portion of that particular post:
I know I initially started this for me. But I’ve come to a stage that all bloggers get to at some point: Should I just continue but make it private? Or should I just stop blogging altogether and not waste time looking for new blogging software?
I love blogging, and I know it’s only been three months…..but sometimes I feel that I am talking to myself..therefore there is no point doing proper alignments and photo cropping. Whats the point of spell checking if your audience is one – you.
Again, two very contrasting thoughts. Upgrading it cause I just NEED to have control over my blog, or shut it down cos I aint got anyone coming here to read what I write anyway.
Indeed, who do we blog for? Ourselves or for an audience? And if for an audience, how big does the audience have to be to make us happy? How many comments do we need to get for us to feel good about our blogging?
Personally I went through 3 stages in quick succession:
- Why no comments? Why no visitors? This is depressing! Why why why!? I even tried out Blogexplosion at one stage to get more hits. It did, as long as I visited other blogs as well but that was tedious. I didn’t wanna visit blogs that I wouldn’t normally anyway. And it didn’t create sticky visitors – ie. ppl who came back. The only good thing was that I stumbled upon two blogs that I still read today: italk2much.com and Sarcomical.
- Must write more creatively to get ppl to come back – scour the popular blogs, absorb their blogging styles, blog about popular trends that ppl like to talk about etc. Plus leave comments on the popular blogs so that I can siphon some visitors from there. Not just braindead comments either because that won’t make ppl curious about you. I emulated certain bloggers’ styles for a while but just never felt at ease with any of them because I’m not *them*.
- F**k it! Just write about things that you know and are passionate about. This is *my* blog. It should be more about my life and thoughts. So here I am now.
Well, more a combination of 2 & 3. I leave comments on the blogs that I read because I love the interaction and exchanging of ideas. I try to add flair to my posts and try to be interesting and I’m not as obsessed about getting comments and hits now.
My opinion: a blog should first and foremost be for yourself because that way you wouldn’t ever run out of things to blog about. Writing about things close to your heart is easier than trying to cater to a specific audience, or pretending to be something that you are not. As a result, your writing will automatically improve. Having an interesting life outside blogging helps too. Then lo and behold, the visitors come and they become regulars. Thanks, you guys!
And btw Mili, thanks for not killing your blog. Yours is one of many that have added colour to my daily life. 🙂