What Makes a Blog Worth Reading?

At one time, approximately two years ago, I wrote at least on at least several days each week.

I long ago got out of the habit of writing frequently. I don’t want to give up my blog, because I don’t see myself as the most skilled of writers, but I do often feel intimidated by other’s superior writers.

My grandmother on my mom’s side was a wonderfully talented painter, but at some point decided that since she couldn’t paint like the masters, she wouldn’t paint anymore. She gave all of her supplies to me.

I don’t want to be like that.

I’m having a difficult time finding a niche’ for myself in this vast cyberspace of writers.

There are blogs on everything imaginable, and some people just seem born to write about the subjects they’ve chosen. Some individuals are also amazingly talented, which leaves me wondering about my own ability.

How do you glom onto an idea, and turn it into a successful blog? How do you find some level of consistency in the blogging you choose to do?

I read somewhere, that the more you read, the better your writing becomes. I have not been reading much, as of late, so perhaps this is part of the problem.

When I was young, I read constantly, and I wrote in a journal frequently. I loved writing classes in High School, but found that my love for painting and art was stronger.

Something in me feels that I have important insights to add to the world of bloggers. At the same time, I’m not sure what form they will come in.

I can’t use being chronically ill as an excuse for everything that I’m not doing, but it really does cut into my motivation. The Crohn’s disease is a big drain on my energy, as is my depression and anxiety. More often than not it seems that I am doing lots of nothing.

I’d like to ask some questions of those of you who are solid writers, and who have a substantial following on WordPress.

  • What inspired you to begin sharing your writing online?
  • Do you focus on particular subjects, or have you developed a style that is unique?
  • Did your blog evolve organically, or did you know from it’s beginnings what you were going to turn it into?  

Any feedback from those of you who read my blog can give, would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps it’s time for me to read one of those boring, interminable books on effective blogging. We shall see.

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5 Comments

  1. My following isn’t huge but my blog is a reflection of me. I touch on the serious topics like chronic pain and mental health but also explore things like my love of anime through reviews as well as sharing snippets of my writing and artwork. I’ve never been good at being consistent but I figured being authentic makes up for it plus I don’t want to burn myself out.

    1. Thanks for your input, Ariana. I think it’s a good idea not to always be focused on the serious stuff, which can be challenging for me. It’s also tantamount to be your authentic self.

  2. I don’t have a blogging schedule and I often find myself feeling inferior to other bloggers (content isn’t exciting, writing style is poor, I’m not interesting enough, I don’t post enough etc). I find myself constantly falling behind on reading blogs and have less time to dedicate to my own and it creates a lot of stress, which is easily done as I’m a chronic over-thinker and over-stressed anyway. I guess my point is that I ‘get it’, with the challenges but I hate to think that you feel intimated by ‘superior’ writers – I adore your blog, Wendy. I find you to be genuine, authentic and compassionate. You’re a wonderful friend and blogger and the blogosphere is a better place for having you in it. With you spending less time reading and posting less regularly but being more interested in painting and art just shows the evolution of our interests and priorities.

    I don’t have a ‘talent’, and I’ve never been naturally gifted at anything. I try different things and give up easily on many because I don’t feel I’m good enough. With blogging, I started because I’d recently had my stoma and I wanted to raise awareness of invisible illnesses and try to make those going through something similar feel less alone. That evolved and while those are still things I want to do, I also find my blog is the only thing I really have now that’s mine, something I can work on and achieve something with since losing my job because of my surges and health. If I can share even the smallest of things with just one person that can either show them something new or benefit them in a tiny way then I’m happy. Blogging is also how I’ve found my ‘tribe’, so in a more selfish way it’s been my bridge to friends, like you, and it’s helped me feel less alone. When I first started, I actually thought it would be a complete flash in the pan and I’d give it up within a matter of weeks; I didn’t know where I would take it or what the heck I was doing, and I didn’t plan anything. It just grew and developed over time. I think I’m nearing the point where I need a little break so I can catch up ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak, maybe get the time to write some posts in advance to take a bit of pressure off, to try getting back into art (which I stopped doing because I didn’t feel good enough at it and then I didn’t have the energy to even contemplate doing anything in that respect), get other things in my life back on track a little better and get on top of my blog a bit more.

    In terms of what I post, I’m trying to branch out a bit more. Blogging about chronic illness can feel claustrophobic because I don’t want to just write about illness and I don’t want to be too positive or too negative; I try to write honestly and be uplifting, while also showing the reality and that things aren’t always positive all of the time. I think that’s relatable because I find I relate more to bloggers who write personal posts and show the good, the bad and the ugly (so to speak). I don’t want to push any advice and I’m the last person who should because I’m not a pro blogger and I’m also a hypocrite who can’t take her own advice 😂 However… I would just say that to me, what makes a blog worth reading is where you can either learn something, relate, or just feel engaged by the content. What makes a blog ‘good’ is where it’s authentic and genuine, but it doesn’t always have to be personal (it can be objective or subjective or even just about products or books or whatever else, if it’s in line with your personal principles/morals). What makes a blog worth doing is where you, as the blogger, gain something from it yourself in some way, which can be anything from a sense of achievement or financial renumeration for those who make it their side career, to the community vibe.

    Wow, this is a long ramble and I really don’t know if I’ve made any sense with it at all. I’m sorry, Wendy! That’ll teach you for asking a question in your post when I’m one of your readers 😉
    Sending lots of love your way, I hope you’re managing to get a bit of rest and relaxation this weekend.
    Caz xxxx

  3. I love these questions–and I really enjoy your blog! The honesty you bring is important for others to read, and it’s refreshing. Your art work is amazing as well! I started writing because I wanted to laugh more. If I’m disciplined to write something remotely funny once a week, at least I’ve succeeded in amusing myself and being in a better mood for the people who have to live with me:) Cheers!

    1. Thanks so much! You made my day. I think you’re really funny, too. I admire you for a variety of things, but especially your ability to maintain a sense of humor!

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