About a year ago I bought Problogger’s 31 Days to a Better Blog workbook. It was half off of its 30 “list” price at the time, and I had been looking at it for several months beforehand. I was especially interested in it because a blogging friend and role model of mine, Kim Urig, had given me a copy of one of Problogger’s physical workbooks before, and though I hadn’t learned as much as I was hoping I would from it, creating a situation for me to successfully apply the book’s advice was another story.
I first tried to apply the 31DBB workbook to my first and most successful blog, dotgamerclan.com, but lost interest. It wasn’t the topics that didn’t interest me, though; I just felt that what I was getting in return for working on the blog wasn’t what I wanted or enough for me to hack out a post every few days. That blog has since slid into hibernation.
Skip a year into the future. This summer, I wanted to apply the 31DBB workbook to this blog in an effort to save my writing hobby from the terrible fate of not getting enough (or any) attention. My hope was twofold: more traffic on my site would motivate me to write, and writing would motivate more traffic on my site. Sounds like something that would work, right? Wrong.
You see, after completing the first task, creating an elevator speech for my blog, I was stuck on the second task, writing a list post. I went through every topic I mentioned in my elevator speech, but ended up dismissing the posts as things that YOU, as my readers, would not be interested in. Why? Because you guys are here for my stories, not my dribble. Or to laugh at me. But hopefully you are here to read my stories.
So I ended up rewriting my elevator speech, slowly eliminating topics to put the focus back on my writing. And what did I realize? That this blog isn’t about video games, book reviews, or anime-related opinions: it’s about my stories and how and why I bang them out.
As such, I’m done forcing myself to blog here. I am going to post when I have something to say to my readers, or have a new work for you guys. And, honestly, I feel silly saying I spent $15 and read a book to realize that.