I’ll warn you: I’m rambling here. Thinking out loud, if you will. So I understand if anyone gets bored in the middle of reading this thing. But there’s some important info at the bottom regarding YOU (yes, you), and I could really use some feedback. So if you want to skip ahead and at least do me that favor, I’d be quite grateful.
In recent months, I’ve discovered countless blogs that have in one way or another inspired me. Many are photography blogs. Some are style or decor blogs. Others are personal accounts similar to mine– sometimes more humorous, sometimes downright heart-wrenching. A select few manage to combine all of these things into one beautifully packaged website with thousands of devoted readers and sponsors to boot.
While I don’t necessarily expect to reach the status of the latter sort– not that I’m crossing out that lovely possibility– I would like to be diverse. And I think I am to an extent. But it can be tricky to maintain a site that not only gains new and diverse readers, but one that also doesn’t alienate the established readers, as well. Not that I have tons, but I have a few regulars, and they are the ones who keep me motivated to write.
Let’s start with the title of the blog: Witty Title Here. I love it, and I don’t plan on ever changing it. It was initially a placeholder that I thought was kind of funny, because I had no other prospects for a blog name. I decided it was catchy, and it stuck. For awhile (and I started this blog a long time ago), I was focused on producing mostly funny content. I think I’m rather hilarious, and there are a few old gems in my archives. But several posts did come across as forced in retrospect, and I decided I wanted to be more honest and not just anecdotal or snarky all the time.
As a result, I started putting more of myself out there, and the quality of my writing improved. Not to mention I had a lot more to write about by not limiting myself to one style of writing. My humor comes across more naturally now, though I’m not always “witty” as the title suggests. But even if I’m not making someone poop their pants with laughter, at least it still appeals to the writer side of me without compromising anything.
Which brings me to my next point. As a writer (and as an aspiring, one-day-maybe-sooner-maybe-later novelist), should I be focusing solely on producing top-quality content all the time? When I send out a query for freelancing, my blog link is right there in my email signature. If I want someone to hire me, they’re going to click that link, and the post that’s at the top of the page will be their first impression of me. If it’s a “fluff” post, will that reduce my chances of getting picked for the job?
Maybe, maybe not– but I don’t want to feel constantly pressured to produce original, stunning content for something that’s meant to be fun each week. Often, that just doesn’t happen. I yam who I yam, and in addition to being an excellent proofreader and avid grammar geek, I’m also a Karaoke Blog Ring of Death participant. Don’t judge me too harshly on my singing skills– or the fact that I’m willing to put videos of myself up on YouTube in the first place.
And what about photography? I am a complete amateur when it comes to taking photos, but I have a good eye and an even better vintage, manual camera. Film is expensive, though, and a nice DSLR is (sadly) way more expensive. So I won’t always have new content in that regard.
Style? I love it. You’ve seen my blue suede boots, and I have a jam-packed closet filled with perhaps too many things I love. I’d like to share that side of myself here, but I don’t know if I want to go down the route of, “Look at today’s outfit!”-type posts. I’m worried it would deter the three whole males who actually read my blog, and again, there’s the whole photography thing. I also suck at posing. (Did you SEE the above picture?) I think my uncomfortable expression is easy to read any time I pose for pictures. Like, I want to document how cute I am today, but I can’t wipe this goofy grin off my face, and how’s my posture?
**If you’ve skipped ahead to the bottom, this is where you should start reading again. Thanks much.
So my question is this: Is there anything you’d like to see more of from me in this corner of the interwebz? Do you want more humor? More insight? More fluff? Are there any recent posts that really resonated with you, or any posts that left you feeling “eh”?
And this might be self-indulgent (as if this post isn’t already), but is there anything you’d like to know more about me? Or are you interested in knowing my opinion on something? I can’t say I’d answer any question that’s thrown my way (in case there are weirdos lurking… y’know), but I’d love it if people would submit questions here in the comments. It doesn’t have to pertain to me personally– in fact, if anyone would like a second opinion on something going on in their lives, I’d be willing to write a post in response that could potentially be relevant to anyone who happens to read it.
It’d be helpful to know who’s writing, but you can identify yourself as “anonymous” with a fake email in the email field, for all I care. It’s your thoughts– if any come to mind– that I’m really interested in. So please, compliment, criticize, or question away! The more you say, the more I write and respond. I’ve had some good momentum here lately, and I really want to keep that up.