It’s been quite a while for the blog now. From day one, I thought it might be necessary to have a plan for the blog. A year-and-a-half into it, I’m still planning to have a plan. What themes do I focus on? What character do I develop for the blog?
If nothing else, this plan to have a plan has made me think a lot about myself and my writing. So it’s not been all strife and missed targets but perhaps a little trimming of subject matter and presentation might help.
I don’t know how new readers feel, but for old readers like me, both subject matter and design have started to feel a little bit stagnant. I admire people who continue to maintain a blog for years and years without much variation of subject matter or presentation and theme.
As a reader of my own blog, I know I’d like to see some changes, some of which might be about adopting a new theme or highlighting different subject matter but some have to be about changing at the core.
Developing a voice that truly engages with the audience, changes with changing responses and is sensitive to audience moods is important to retain attention. At present, I might be veering towards a monotonous lecture form which can get boring with time, no matter how fascinating at first.
Staying static and true to the character of the blog is also important despite all the dynamism. There’s a reason why people come to a place on the internet and that reason they pay a visit cannot get buried in all the hurry and scurry of dynamism.
The character of a blog has a lot to do with voice and theme but it’s important to remember that some fundamental characteristics of language, tone, style and subject matter, if removed or changed, might make a blog unrecognizable or even redundant. Hence remaining static in those ways is an asset, not a drawback.
This is an aspect that requires some thought and time commitment. Should I do more fun or cool stuff on my Facebook page? Should I do something interactive there or here right on the blog? Will that increase or deviate interest? Will it be inkeeping with the character of this blog?
Is it wise for bottledworder to reach out to other similar blogs or different ones to request guest posts or comments? Or is it wiser to stay an exclusive spot on the ‘net right here? Would quality suffer with increased commitment? Could there be a strategy of involvement that could work without compromising quality?
My New Year’s Resolution is to make a few resolutions about this blog.