But anyways, the point is, I don't get much traffic on this blog, and I want to ask you, my readers, why that is so, share my own theories on why this is so, and also, ask for any tips and advice you may have so I can make my blog better.
So obviously, there are some things right off that bat that need to be taken into account. I'm in a niche. Blogging is predominantly a "girl thing". Guys can (and should) blog, but the point is that finding your target audience can be slightly more difficult if you're a guy. Or at least a guy with my interests. Many of the male bloggers that I follow focus on writing/storytelling, which can appeal to a wide demographic. But if you're like me, posting about guns and military technology, your audience is going to be more focused.
|unless you include kitties|
Now, I have done some fiction writing posts, and I would (in theory) like to do more. But aside from the effort involved, I don't like to put my ideas out in the open until they are really well developed or are in some sort of format where they couldn't be stolen. I don't think I'm that creative, but I don't want to put out some half-baked (but good) idea where it can be scooped up by somebody else, thus terminating any opportunity for me to develop the idea to its full potential.
Some posts, (such as my posts regarding the latest additions to the Star Wars franchise) are pretty popular. But these are examples of content that are universally appealing because of the large number of fans out there and the general hype induced by each release. The rest of my blog doesn't necessarily come into play for this kind of interest, just the fact that I'm posting about something that everybody is super excited for during a short period of time.
So, as I said before, the rest of my posts are generally only going to interest a smaller group of people. I would like more readers, but by no means do I want to change my posts in the sense of not posting about things I love and care about. If people only liked to read posts about bananas, then I would do one of three things:
1.Post whatever I want, ignoring the banana craze
2. Post about something I do care about, but with a banana reference of some sort.
3. Or quit blogging altogether.
I blog for fun, so if I only blogged about what other people cared to read, not what I care to write, then there would be no point, because I wouldn't have any fun. But knowing that other people read what you write can be part of the fun factor, so it depends.
Ok, so to the actual point. How can I make my blog better? What do you think of my theme/brand? Which posts are my best/most interesting? Which ones are boring? Should there be more crossover between my blog and YouTube channel or should they remain very separated entities?
And just to sum it up and make it clear, yes, I want more followers. But I appreciate my current following tremendously. Even if you don't read my posts, skim or skip the boring ones, that's okay. If I'm showing up in your reading list, that still means a lot. It's not that particularly good, but it's still something.
So thank you. And I truly mean that, it's not just lip service.
P.S. If I tried podcasting, is that something you would be interested in?
|I decided to add this picture of Mexican cops carrying M1911s just because I can and because it's awesome.|
come to think of it, I should do more research on the drug war.