I was cruising through writing blogs this morning and came upon this entry on Write to Done, titled “Concise Answers to Your Top Beginner Blogging Questions.” I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner blogger, but then, I’ve never given much thought to the craft of blogging; I just sort of do it. That’s a mistake, I now realize. In life, as in writing, never do anything unintentionally!
So I owe you an apology, dear readers (however few in number you may be). What really got to me was this:
What’s the most important blogging question I’m not asking?
A: You should be asking, “How can I most help my reader?” Bloggers get caught up in technical things, like blog platforms and widgets and themes and plugins … or in numbers, like visitors and pageviews and subscribers and comments and ad revenues … but this is the wrong mindset.
Focus instead on how you can help people. Make your reader the center of your blog, and find ways to help your reader succeed (at whatever you’re teaching). The rest — stats and money and all that — will come later.
I’m sorry to say that I’ve never really given a thought to how I can help my reader. I suppose providing book reviews can be helpful, but I was really just doing it to satisfy my need to pontificate on matters literary. So, my apologies and all that.