Monday, January 4, 2010
I'm a good girl. I read my "How to Blog" missives and take special care to avoid those sticky blogging no-nos. Like making my blog the unofficial Nicole Baart show or blabbing on endlessly. Of course, sometimes I'm feeling blue and sink into whining, and I've always been long-winded. But the number one tip for a successful blog has always eluded me. It seems that everyone who has something to say about blogging etiquette is convinced that bloggers have to give something to their readers. That completely stumps me. What do I have to give?
I tried doling out writing advice. Turns out everyone and their dog has something to contribute to that topic of conversation. Besides, it's not like I'm some decorated writing guru. Then I tried (and I'm still trying) to take the counsel of fellow bloggers literally and give something to my readers. Namely: books. My mid-month book giveaways still garner more attention than any other blog posts. And that's great with me--I love introducing people to new authors. But I can't do that every day... Argh. It's an ongoing battle.
Thankfully, a reader of mine gave me a new idea. Just last week Katie Ganshert, a friend, reader, and fellow author asked me a question in the comments after a blog post. I'm curious...what kind of writer are you, Nicole? Do you outline, or do you just sort of wing it as you go?
Not only is that a great question, but it gave me an idea... Maybe instead of trying to read your collective minds, I need to just ask you what you want. Imagine that. If you're a regular reader, what keeps you coming back? If you're a first time visitor, what would draw you back? What do you want to know? What would you like to see more of? What totally doesn't work for you? Can I introduce you to the wide world of publishing (or at least what I know of it)? Or would you like to know more personal things? Either way, I'm game.
So here's the deal. I'm opening up my blog to my readers. Ask me anything and I'll answer it in an upcoming post. Within reason, of course. ;) In return for your question, I'll highlight your blog and include the link for my readers. We may be online, but we're still a community. When it comes down to it, all we've got is each other out here in cyberspace. How was that for cheesy?
Thanks for reading! Stop by Wednesday and I'll answer Katie's question. In the meantime, if there's something you want to ask me, leave a comment!