Last night I decided to enter a blogging competition. It involved picking my three best posts. It was a bit like asking me to pick my favourite child. How the hell do you choose?
In the end I went with:
In my late night stupor I thought that gave an example of funny, sad, opinion. Then I went to bed and laid awake having a one-sided argument with myself. Of course they weren’t my best posts. In fact, I don’t even have best posts. I just blog. There’s no style to it. I need a consistent theme not a mish mash of whatever I happen to be thinking about at any given moment.Why would I even enter a blogging competition?
I then wrote a blog post in my head asking you dear, loyal, remaining readers to tell me, off the top of your head, what’s the Shambolic Living post that first springs into your mind when you think of this blog? I’m guessing that will probably be your favourite.
It’s very subjective, what we love to read isn’t it? When I review books it’s so hard to find nice things to say when I don’t relate to the story, the characters or the plot. We seem to enjoy that with which we identify. It’s the same with blogs. We seem to pay repeat visits to bloggers with whom we feel a kinship. A shared sense of humour, a similar place in life, facing identical challenges.
Unlike books, blogs add in extra elements, blog design, photography, engagement of commenters. It creates a visual, cerebral mix that is either appealing or unattractive depending on your particular sensibilities. What I love, you may well hate.
Alana was considering this conundrum over at House Goes Home as she checked out her google analytics with an even greater fervour than she used to check her circulation figures as a magazine editor (analytics update every few minutes, circulation figures only came out once a week). In her new life as editor at ivillage she wondered what do woman want to read and what DON’T they want to read on the internet?
It’s the question every blogger asks themselves at some point. Do my readers like to laugh, do they want to be inspired, do they want information, do they need to know my opinion on anything at all?
So what appeals to you as a reader? Be it blogs that make you cry, or crime novels that scare the hell out of you, what rocks your boat? Oh and if you just let me know the answer to the question above on which post you remember most on Shambolic Living that would be helpful too.