Am I boring you?
I am aware that this blog, and its companion book review site, Dear Reader, are not pressing enough people’s buttons, or, to put it another way, they are not pressing my like buttons. I’m not saying this in a sorry-for-myself sort of way, but rather in the hope of constructive comment, please.
What I Might Be Doing Wrong
- My posts are just plain boring. (I’m not ruling this out.) At the moment, I’m mostly writing the second draft of The Novel, and I’m aware that there’s not a lot to say on my writing front.
- My writing style is not interesting. A friend of mine suggested I improved the first line of my posts, perhaps by asking a question or the sort of statement or comment which makes readers really sit up. I’ve tried to do this.
- I myself am not well enough known to attract readers. The received wisdom is that you raise your visibility through social media, but I’m doubting whether ‘they’ know what they’re talking about. I wonder if it’s the other way round. I like to follow the blogs of established writers, but I am not one – yet.
- I’m not using categories and tags correctly. It is said that the categories are the list of contents and the tags are the index. However, this writing blog doesn’t seem to lend itself to categories. I’m aware that I use fewer tags than most people, but over-tagging is one of the things bloggers are warned against.
What I Think I do Right:
- I do include pictures.
- I do try to keep the word count down to 500 words (apparently the optimum), even though I know a lot of bloggers write at much greater length.
- I do include hyperlinks.
What I Know I’m Doing Wrong
I haven’t updated the pages, specifically the About page, on Write On for a very long time, but is that in itself enough to turn people off?
I am not using the sorts of titles and words which Google’s search engine picks up. This is very likely, as WordPress.com doesn’t allow you in there.
I am going to move both blogs over to WordPress.org in a minute (or, rather, when I can pluck up the courage), so as to be able to use its SEO (Search Engine Opimisation) tools, so, within the next few days, these two blogs will have different urls (web addresses). (I don’t know exactly how this works and I suppose I won’t until I do it.)
Now for the good bit, the Yippee moment. (They say you should always end on an uplifting note.) My short story ‘Tomatoes and Their Part in Brexit’ has been accepted by Alfie Dog Fiction and will be published on 28 May. And yes, I will definitely remind you nearer the time. You see, I do know something about promoting my writing.