Read My Blog…Please

kinnon —  March 14, 2006 — 3 Comments

I joked recently in a comment on a friend’s blog that I blog to communicate with my kids. When they ask me a question I respond, “Did you read my blog – I covered that in a post a couple of days ago.”

Computerblog1But I blog to be read – about eclectic things that interest me and, hopefully, some of you. I commented to John Stanko this morning that perhaps my blog would have more readers if it was better focused. Perhaps I should write more of these since this post has generated the most traffic of any of my posts to date.

Seth Godin wrote about “The Noisy Tragedy of the Blog Commons.” How “by writing too much, too often, we’re trouncing on the attention of the commons.” Seth calls bloggers to a level of restraint. To focus on the very good, rather than the clutter:

If someone has a blog where every single riff is a good one, you can bet that the eager beaver taggers are going to be there, waiting for the good stuff. If, on the other hand, you have a one in a thousand hit rate, the odds of your good stuff being found are small indeed. I think what I’m suggesting (not proposing… I’m not asking you to post less!) is that if you want to have a larger voice, it may pay be to be your own filter.

I’m interested in your thoughts…and advice.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to Read My Blog…Please

  1. At least your family reads your blog…ahem!

    There are two problems that confront bloggers.
    1. Success overtaking the reason they began in the first place.
    2. Becoming enthralled with the sound of your typing.

    I’ve decided that blogging is primarily to help me think more clearly, by forcing me to articulate my thoughts better. If someone reads it great, if not, I’m not going to lose sleep over it. I have no expectations of living off of blogging. Therefore I stay at the outer periphery of irrelevance.

  2. Hi Bill,

    I am a reader of your blog and do find it useful. I have a blog, but it is very focused and is of interest to a fairly narrow audience. I struggle with trying to increase the readership (partly because it feels good to know others are reading) and keeping the content focused so that I add lots of value to the relatively small number of readers. My choice (for now at least) has been to stay focused, but I too would welcome comments on my blog (and extra readers of course). My blog can be found at http://blog.solalta.com

  3. Godin doesn’t seem to factor in the personal voice of the blogger. It’s not just content and opinions. It’s personality, the blog as a whole. Self-editing is always good but I would be inconsolable if, say, Althouse decided to cut back and only comment on law. Likewise I’d be disappointed if your blog become very narrow in focus because the topics are interesting but mostly because your outlook is unique and charming. Sometimes a filter would be counter-productive.

    Since blogs are deeply personal statements and at the same time, potentially a business, blanket pronouncements seem a little problematic. To me anyway.

What do you think?