I’ve been writing for Familial Ramblings about a year now and I have to admit that I never thought that I would make it as far as I have. I thought that it would end up like one of my other projects—I would enjoy it at first, get really into it and then get depressed because I wasn’t seeing the numbers I wanted to see, I’d get burned out and become bored with it before quitting. I’m happy to say that, thus far, I’m still here, writing and enjoying Familial Ramblings as much as I did in the beginning. At times though I do get a bit “down” because I’m not getting the responses I wanted to get, which leads me to ask the question:
“What am I doing wrong?”
One of my favorite blogs to read and learn from is Traffic Generation Café which is written by Ana Hoffman. Ana writes tips and tricks about gaining traffic to your blog and/or website in addition to providing a number of helpful resources. On Thursday, Ana posted “Conduct Unbecoming a Dull Writer” which has a great exercise that helped me to take a closer look at Familial Ramblings so that I could improve it—if you’re looking to liven up your blog, I’d highly recommend reading over this post and doing the exercise she provides.
Ana lists three scenarios in which one could potentially fall under. I decided that I fall into the second scenario that she described. I get traffic/comments/shares, but they’re mostly from the same people. Not saying that this is at all a bad thing, but every now and then it would be nice to see some new faces and opinions on topics that are posted about.
After taking a closer look at my blog and consulting with my husband, I quickly came to the realization that I need to focus more so on my content. Not saying that all my content is bad because if it was, I doubt I would have any readers/commenters at all, but my shortcomings are that I don’t always write about what people want to read and know more about. I also have tendency to give more information rather than how to solve the problems I discuss. Additionally, I have to confess that I often have a hard time sticking to a schedule and often post more sporadically than I should.
On the Bright Side:
It’s always good to look on the bright side of things even when it seems dim. I think that there are a lot of great things going on here on Familial Ramblings. I do write some posts that people seem to be really interested in and want to learn more about. I also think that I show a lot of my personality and really let my readers see who I am. I’m passionate about the subject that I write about and like to think that I write relatively well; I have a writing style all of my own and I don’t try to be someone else when I write. I’m also brave enough to write about subjects that people often seem to shy away from such as bullying, domestic abuse and so on. I can and do give readers my honest opinion on what I write about without ever holding anything back. I think my strengths are what keep people coming back to Familial Ramblings and what keeps them reading.
I know that you’re probably asking, “So what? What was the point to this post?” because this post seems to have come completely out of nowhere. I am more than happy to tell you the point of this post! I plan to make some changes to Familial Ramblings in hopes of reaching more people, to educate and help others that may be looking for the information I can share. After looking at Familial Ramblings a bit closer, I definitely have a lot of plans and ideas to improve it such as writing more on the “tough” stuff like abuse, violence and so on, which seems to be a subject that people are interested in reading about. I furthermore will be making sure that I write down a schedule and stick to it so that I’m not just posting willy-nilly, whenever I want.
In the End:
I have to take a moment to thank Ana for her post that really got me thinking about what I could do to improve Familial Ramblings. I’ve looked at my blog, decided what needs to be done and what I want to accomplish.
I look forward to what’s to come on Familial Ramblings and I am optimistic that current readers will continue to learn and grow from what I have to share alongside future readers. More than anything I want to help others and Familial Ramblings is just one way that I hope to achieve that goal.
What are some topics that you would be interested in reading more about here on Familial Ramblings?
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Posted on August 24, 2012 by Felicia