Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog... Blog... Blog...

Hi, I'm a LOGGER.

Okay, so maybe I should say BLOGGER, but the way I feel about now, I'm probably about as profficient at logging as I am at blogging.

I've been blogging for a couple of years now and honestly, there are still days I wonder why I even have a blog. Wonder if I've even reached anyone. Or is my blog more like my online diary.

What good is a blog? What is a blog for?

I know a blog should be a tool that is used to get information out and draw followers to my site.

I've sort of done that. Sorta. But it's a hit and miss process.

And frankly, I'm not always sure what the hits and misses are.

I hear people say to have a good blog, you should have a theme.

To have that theme, you have to know which audience you want to reach. And what you plan to use your blog for.

There are so many kinds of blogs. Some discuss writing, (as a writer I gravitate to these). Some are political in nature. Some are topical. Some are fluff. Some share poetry. Some share Jokes. Some talk taste in Music and on and on. But the best blogs have some kind of theme.

So what kind of theme do I want to write about?

Do I want to teach? Do I want be an outlet for other writers? Do I simply want to showcase myself and my thoughts?

Should I be funny? Should I delve into the more poignant thoughts of life? Should I be poetic? What kind of people do I want to bring to my site?

And once I've settled on my theme and what I plan to do with it…

I have to figure out how much time I want to spend on my blog. How many blogs do I want to post?

Then I have to consider layout, and links and how to get people to my site. Then I have come up with new and pithy things to write about so I'll keep my followers interested and they'll stop in often to see what new and awesome things I write about.


A lot goes into a blog.

But hey, today I have no worries. Today, I'm a logger.


Caroline Clemmons said...

Tina, you left an incomplete address at Long and Short Romance Reviews, where i'm the guest today. I found you anyway and followed you.I'd appreciate you following me at if you can.
Don't we all feel as if we're blogging to the universe with no readers at times? I certainly do.

JoAnn said...

Tina. What a funny post. :0)

I know just what you mean though. I almost think were too saturated with blogs at this point. As much as I'd like to read everyone's there's only so much time.

So, I guess I'm a "logger" too.

Jillian said...

I agree with Caroline- sometimes I think I'm talking to myself! But I DO have 3 people that usually comment on my blog every day so sometimes I know I'm talking to them! LOL!

Tina Pinson said...

Seems I'm not alone in feeling lost out in the blogosphere. So, I declare today Logger day. Yep, you all have a free pass to hang out in the trees and collect your thoughts.

Connie Chastain said...

Tina, I think you've spoken for lots and lots of blogger-folk, and not just writers.

I've been reading up on "social media management" and discovered I need to post two blog entries, 20 Facebooks posts and 20 tweets -- every week. And this is stuff you originate; it's separate from commenting on other people's blogs, Facebook pages and tweets.

This is starting to be a whole lot like work -- without the paycheck!

Tina Pinson said...

Gosh, Connie, according to those stats if I had to maintain that many posts, along with my personal, I'd never get any writing done. I might never have a life either.


I think that's why so many people start a group blog or have someone else manage theirs for them.

And why alot of blogs have guests. I don't mind having guests, but sometimes that can be a bit time consuming too.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Tina, forgot to tell you that Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite scriture also.