Facebook had become a mini-blog for me, and so I've recently put more energy and thought into blogging. I like blogging. I like connecting with the world outside and starting conversations with my readers, even if it's only in their heads and not exchanged with me. I think this is why Facebook is so alluring for me. I get instant feedback on what I've written.
Part of the reason for the blog distance in the past year or so, is I get mixed instructions on how to utilize my blogs, which is confusing. On the one hand, I see the value and organizational conciseness of segregating my blogs into: Personal, Permaculture/Costa Rica, and Professional.
I alwaysalways--no matter what category in life--overdo it and make things more difficult for myself than they need to be. I have no idea why I do this. But if I want or need to attend to something, I'll make charts and lists and volunteer for an organization that's kind of related and start a blog about it. Even if all I needed to do was buy groceries. It's who I am.
But I don't like that. It's exhausting.
So the adrenal-fatigued part of me wants to consolidate all of them. For instance, the reason I started Eco-Expat was so I could write about my experience of moving to Costa Rica and all that it entailed. I wanted to take all that info and consolidate it into a non-fiction book to sell to other ex-pat wannabes or retirees. But I could just label that shit and put it in my personal blog. That's what the categories on the right side bar are for--searching for posts on specific topics. And the personal stuff that I think shouldn't be on my author blog for fans to read isn't really secret anyway. Duh. It's on the interwebs. And I even have a link to my personal blog on my author blog--and if that isn't an invitation to come read it, I don't know what is.
I think, perhaps, that--despite the professionally excellent advice to only Publish Polished Posts of a Not-Too-Personal Nature--just blogging on my website instead of Blogger (which I totally love, by the way, because it's the easier of the two interfaces to blog on), I will be daring and bold and publish it all on my website. I believe the professional down-sides of baring too much on my website--while off-putting to some--will out-weigh the professional down-side of spreading myself too thinly over the internet. If I can only average one post a week, and I'm writing on three blogs, that means that I'm only posting new content once a month. This will not attract readership.
What do you do to attract readership to your blog?
What do you consider too personal to put on your website?
What information--personal or otherwise--do you like to know about the authors you read?
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