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Ruminations on Blogging

Once again, I'm trying to figure out exactly what my blogging is for. I don't want this blog just to be about my personal life, such as it is. I want it to be commentary and discussion on things that interest me. The problem is that my interests are many and varied. So my blog isn't necessarily the "go-to" spot if you want to read specifically about science, let's say, or comics, because I cover both of those, and not necessarily in depth.

Sometimes, I wish I could maintain a few separate blogs, each devoted to an individual topic, such as science, history, comics, science fiction, politics, and writing. That way, people could read the blog that focuses on their own particular interest. But I don't think I post enough to support all those separate blogs. So I rely on tags. If you are primarily interested in one particular topic, you can check the tag and get an idea of whether or not I'm covering such a thing in a particular post.

And why am I ruminating on this? I have no idea. Maybe it's because, as you may have already noticed, I've finally posted a new response to one of Robert's Rules of Writing. I know I've fallen behind my intended schedule of posting these, but I look at it this way -- those of you who are reading here for writing discussion have something to look forward to.

Maybe I should do a poll to see if I should do a poll. It could look like this:


Poll #846248 Blogging

Should I do a poll to find out what people want out of reading my blog?

Yes
3(6.7%)
No
6(13.3%)
Narf!
15(33.3%)


(Note that with check boxes, you can vote "Yes," "No," and "Narf!" Existential fun for all!)

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tags work well for the sort of thing you describe. if you're that concerned about people "not wanting to read" all your posts, and you find yourself with groups of folks only wanting to read posts about one particular thing, you could try using filters.

me, i read your blog 'cuz we were friends in high school (yay for saturdays in the city!) and we talked about all sorts of stuff then. so i like reading--and being in the discussions--about anything you care to post. :)
The problem with using filters is that I'd like to keep my blog public as much as possible. I never know when someone might come across one of my stories and decide to start reading here, even if they don't have an LJ account.

I fondly remember our conversations at Columbia! I only wish we had had more time to talk in person. Hooray for the Internet!
hooray indeed!
I checked "Yes" on this, but that was mainly for your benefit--that is, seeing that we're still interested in reading the Whatevers you may happen to post. :)

By the way--thanks for the birthday card! It arrived today, just in time for me to get it before I head up to NoVA. Oh, and I got kind of a nice birthday present from Stan Schmidt as well--not an acceptance, alas (which would have been a lot more than "kind of" nice), but a comment saying he liked my style of writing and an invitation to send him more. This was very cheering for me because the story in question was "The Last Concert", the one where I was fretting about it possibly being too "Early Bradbury".
Aha! I'm glad the card arrived on time.

When you next submit to Analog, include a photocopy of the note to remind him of what he said before.
I'm sorry, this just sounded too much like, "Should I do a poll to see if I should do a poll to see if I should do a poll..."

v'samachta v'chagekha v'hiyita akh sameach
It does, doesn't it?
I can never resist a poll that has "Narf!" as an option.

Seriously, though:

  • I find your tags very useful.

  • It's very difficult to maintain more than one blog. I spun off my bookselling / book reading stuff into booksbynight because I'd gotten enough feedback to indicate it was necessary, but if I did a separate blog for each field of interest that attracted me, I'd never get anything done.

  • I read your blog precisely because I never know what I'll find in it. It's a treasure chest of variety,as well as a fascinating look into your mind.
  • I agree with point three.
    I'd find it interesting to see what results your poll would garner, but I don't think you "should" or "shouldn't" do a poll. Write what you write; and let those read who enjoy.
    Good advice. I'll probably end up writing what I want to write anyway; but sometimes I'm just not sure what to write about.
    I fail to see the point in attempting originality when everything I want to say has already been summed up so well. Therefore, I must agree, especially on the third point. :)
    The third point does seem to be a good one. Thanks!
    It's a treasure chest of variety,as well as a fascinating look into your mind.

    I appreciate that. Thanks.
    It's the absolute truth.

    Just don't fall into the trap of thinking that you must now be all things to all people. That way lies madness, if you'll pardon the levity.

    Keep writing as you, about the things that interest you. It's the reader's job to focus on the things that interest them, or to skim over those that don't.
    Much better said than I said it!
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