Traveler’s Library breaks some blogging rules. What I would like to know is, what works for YOU.
- What kind of posts do you like?
- What are you looking for when you come here?
- If you just Stumbled in–did you find what you were looking for?
- What countries, regions, authors, movies, do you want to see covered?
SOME FACTS TO THINK ABOUT
This is the 220th post of A Traveler’s Library. Which is about 219 more than 80% of starting bloggers post, according to what I’ve heard in the blogosphere. Even if the one-post-and-I’m-bored scenario is an exaggeration, the fact is that few people stick with it for very long and fewer blog five days a week, which is what I have been doing.
Like most bloggers that stick with it, I’m interested in what makes a blog tick–and keep ticking. The gurus have some rules:
- Keep the blog posts short–200-300 words.
- Keep the language simple–middle school is pushing the limits.
- Mix it up–have some super short posts; some that are only pictures, or one picture; some that are mainly lists of links to interesting things you have seen on the web.
- Talk about things that are in the headlines–preferably celebrities or Twitter trending topics.
- The Internet is crawling with geeks, so talk about geeky stuff.
Okay, let’s look at A Traveler’s Library:
- The length of posts tends to be around 500-600 words. When it is very short, readership plummets.
- According to the nifty tool, websitegrader.com, the vocabulary here is college level.
- When I have short posts, link posts, photo posts, readers go elsewhere. When I have extended discussions, they stay to read.
- Obviously I am not oriented to breaking news, and do not even talk about new books all the time, although newly minted books do draw more attention than older books.
- The closest I have come to geeky talk was talking about audio books and Kindle.
One place that A Traveler’s Library agrees with the gurus–content is king. I work to bring you varied and interesting subjects with intelligent discussion. But it is important to know What do YOU want to discuss here?
Reading a blog post a while I ago, I saw comments referred to as another form of microblogging. What a great description! So, hey, I’m setting you free –blog away!