What’s the Flavor of Your Blog?
Have you ever been to a Happy Joe’s Pizza? I LOVED going there when I was a kid. Besides their great pizza, they were also known for their extensive sundae dessert menu. The big daddy of them all of was 5-Spoon Sundae (I think my parents only let us order it on our birthday) and it came in a goblet the size of my head. If my memory serves me right, they let us order it with scoops from each kind of ice cream. If it wasn’t for the massive brain freeze, it would be the perfect dessert.
Except when the ice cream melted and the flavors began mixing together. Mint chocolate chip mixed with rainbow sherbet? I don’t think so.
I’ve been feeling that way with my blog lately. I like having a variety of topics (keeps me from getting bored) but there are times when it doesn’t seem to be working. Do people get confused when they come here?
Are they thinking:
- Is this gal really a writer or pretending to be one on this blog?
- Is she the real “Scary Mommy”?
- Her book reviews are crap.
These aren’t silly thoughts because they’re the same ones I’m thinking. I get frustrated because I want to write about a variety of topics but is my blog the place for it? My blog numbers aren’t growing and if anything, I feel like I’m going backwards. I take full blame. The blog advice I’ve read over and over is that you need to comment on other blogs to get them to come back to yours. Well, I do that but I find I keep commenting on the same blogs then those same people comment on mine. It sort of feels like we just keep handing the same borrowed five bucks back and forth. If I want new readers I need to go out there and find new ones but dang! I can barely find time to write this blog post, clean my house, work on my novel, research my next freelance article, and make it to the gym! Oh yeah, and take care of my three kids.
Even my Twittering has cut way back because I haven’t the time to keep up. Some of you may have noticed I have been “blasting” your Twitter/Facebook feeds but know that it is because I have finally sat down to try to catch up. I’m like a Stealth Bomber these days. You don’t see me coming, then I pepper you with a few Twitter bombs, then I’m out..
The other reason why I’m not more specialized is that I don’t really feel all that special. And don’t mean that in a self-depricating way, I’m just saying that I really don’t have a special talent. I am not a foodie. I am not a fitness trainer. I am the opposite of Martha Stewart. I am not a published author. I am not a tall, red-headed homeschooling mama who makes every meal from scratch or takes a gazillion pictures of her kids/dogs.
Successful bloggers out there and they have niches: healthy eating, parenting, organization, pop culture, crude humor, book reviews, etc. I think I’ve touched upon all of those areas at one point or another here but I don’t specialize. Is being a mom that writes my flavor? If so, it sounds pretty blah.
Are my variety of flavors (topics) what’s hurting me? I need a blogologist. I need them to tell me to how to get this thing moving in the right direction. Would they tell me to keep serving the 5-Spoon Sundae or stick to just one flavor? This whole “building your platform” business always makes me feel like I’m doing it wrong. Is there a right and wrong way to blog? I’m going to get out there and do some research (which I’ll share in another blog post!), but until then, I would love your opinions.
Pretend you’re my newly hired blogologist, tell me what I need to fix. Tell me what content you think works here and what needs to go.
- What are your favorite blogs to read? (Plus-I need some new ones to visit so I can stop harassing my favorite bloggers.)
- What is it about them that keeps you coming back for more?
- What “flavor” is your own blog? Or do you have many?