Friday, September 27, 2013

Am I blogging for the wrong reason?

The other day, an Internet-acquaintance asked, "What do I get out of reading your blog?"

This was in relation to a lecture about good and bad blogging, and the words, I don't care, rested on the tip of my tongue. I bit them down; they seemed a bit too politically incorrect even in my own ears.

"I don't know. Depends on who you are and what you're interested in."

I wouldn't get out of it that easily.

"Why should I visit your blog? Will it make me a better writer? Will it get me published? Will it teach me to cook? What's your theme?"


I've heard so many times that I should stick with a schedule for blog postings, so people will know when to expect something to appear. So many people have told me I need to pick a theme and stick to it. That way I will allegedly attract a certain group of people who will love my blog and keep coming back to it.

I'm sure this is good advice, but you know what? That's not why I write.

At my daytime job I write the PlexiDor blog. It's focused on pets, mainly dogs. I post on it every weekday. Every Monday I write about a rare dog breed, early every month I introduce a dog of the month, and the rest of the time it fills up with random pet news and pet related stuff that catches my interest.

The PlexiDor blog has a plan, a meaning, and a focus. It's meant to build relations with pet lovers, to inform, and build brand awareness.

That's great for a company blog.

In comparison, my own blog should reasonably be about building relations with book lovers, to inform, and build awareness about me. The purpose of the blog should be to convince people to buy my books.


Seriously; I know some things about writing, but I don't know everything. I don't want every person who visits my blog to start writing and thinking like me.

I know some things about publishing, but far from everything. Every person's experience will be different, and my way of seeing things isn't always right.

I know a little about a million things, and a lot about a few. While I'm more than happy to share, writing about the same subject every day for year after year would bore both me and my visitors to tears.

My blog is called, "Maria's Random Thoughts" and that's exactly what it is. I keep it as an outlet for whatever I want to write about, whenever I want to do it. If I don't feel like writing I won't post anything. Other days I write more than one post.

Some things will be of common interest; from time to time I share my experiences from publishing, self-publishing, writing, editing, photo-editing, using computers, whatever it might be. Some days I like to share a book I read and loved, or a book from someone I know. Other days I just want to babble about what happened to me, or something I saw. If people find it entertaining, that's great. If not, well, there are many blogs on the Internet.

Maybe this is an awfully egotistical approach. I still like my blog.

I guess the answer to the question, "What do I get out of reading it" is "For better and for worse, you get to know me." =)

Do you have a blog, and if so, why do you write it?
If you're an avid blog reader, what do you expect from a blog?


  1. I think the title of your own blog says it all. I blog to write about sex in different forms or fashion - fiction and non-fiction and to sell my books by connecting with potential readers. While I do have a schedule and a routine (using my own experiences as a writer and blogger in my dayjob), that's because my topic is pretty established. That being said, I do interject randomness at times, but that's the exception not the rule. :)


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