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Where is this all going anyway?

standard August 4, 2008 8 responses

Where are we going over here?

I started this blog because I was lonely in the evenings when M was in law school. I kept blogging because I discovered the kick ass mom blogger community. I’m still blogging because I love writing about my life, my kids, and my random thoughts. Oh, and I kind of thrive on the comments.

But really, what’s the goal here?

Crunchy Green Lovin’ Mom
just attended a Sparkplugging blogging class session all about figuring out where you want your blog to be in the next few months or years. She hasn’t yet posted about where she thinks she’s headed, but she did bounce the question in her reader’s direction.

I’ve been doing a lot of bloggy introspection these past few weeks, but I haven’t given much thought to the future. Sure I’d love to grow my readership. Sure I’d love to reach bloggy fame. Who wouldn’t? But I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me. At least not if my feedburner stats are anything to go by. (Oy. I might have to get rid of that little box over there to the right. Every time it goes down is like a little tiny kick to the gut. Why did that person drop me? Why? Was it something I said? Bad for morale that.) Maybe my posts are too long for the masses. Maybe my style just isn’t quite funny, quirky, or irreverent enough. Maybe I don’t have enough daily drama. Maybe I’m just not memorable enough.

Do I really care?

You guys like me the way I am. Right? Most of you come back again and again, and I’m assuming it’s not just for the baby pictures. I don’t want to change my style just to grow readership. Sure I’d love for more people to hang on to my every word and email my URL to their best friends because they just have to share what they just read. But if that never happens I think I’m ok with it. I come here every day and write a bit about my life. Sometimes I’m really proud of what I write, sometimes not so much. Sometimes a lot of you comment, sometimes you don’t. It’s all good.

To get huge readership I’d have to either find some bloggy niche that hasn’t been tapped before or suffer some attrocious family crisis. The first isn’t likely and the second, thanks, but no thanks. I’ll stick with everyday humdrum, if it’s all the same to you. At the end of the day I’ve got great bloggy friends, proof that my writing skills are improving every day, and a wonderful roadmap to the ups and downs of my life. Fame can’t top that, not in a million years.

So where will this blog be in 6 months? In a year?
Probably right here, in this comfy space that I’ve created. The look might be a bit different, the kids will be a bit older, there hopefully won’t be as much whining about work, the writing might be better, but I’ll still be the same old me, that much I can promise. The rest is just icing on the cupcake.

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8 responses

  • I love your blog the way it is… (even if I don’t get a cupcake!)

    If you want to change, I’ll follow along, seems we keep the same late night schedule anyhow 🙂
    Heck, I think we even keep the same daytime schedule!

  • You’re perfect the way you are! But of course, I’d continue to read your blog if you changed.

  • If you enjoy blogging as much as I do than in the end, we’ll keep doing it no matter our stats or popularity because it is fun and gives us an excuse to be on the computer 🙂 I enjoy your blog and your writing style so just keep up the good work!

  • I too enjoy reading your blog just the way it is….and am happy to have found it after meeting you at BlogHer this year.

    You and your friends sat with me (or I say with you…)during the closing keynote.

    I really enjoyed your company and found you funny, nice, smart and down-to-earth. Guess what? That’s what I enjoy about your blog as well.

    I may not have young ones anymore (my daughter is 15 and my son 13) but I can certainly relate to your life, and truly enjoy reading about it.

    Hey, I definitely go thru times when I wonder, “Why am I blogging? Does anyone really read this…or care?”…….but then I think (as you do)….hey, I enjoy this right now, the heck with numbers, stats, etc.

    Rock on Rose……and have a great day!

    Kelly Gingery 🙂

    PS….I enjoy your tweets on Twitter as well!

  • Well I’ve just bookmarked you, but I like your blog!

  • Granted, I’ve only just recently found you but I really you and your blog; keep it up however feels best to you!

  • Do your thing and don’t even fret. I think of my blog as an outlet for creativity. It shouldn’t stress you out. We’re here because we enjoy getting your take on the world…and seeing the baby pix:)

  • You just have to keep on being true to yourself. Worrying about readership will just drive you crazy. I love your blog just the way it is – especially with the awesome pictures!

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