Frequent visitors to my site will have noticed I changed my layout over the past two months. I’ve condensed stories for easier reading. I’ve condensed the menu into five simple categories. I’ve cleaned up the format on my home page that I use for my news and recent updates.
Every change I’ve made is with one thing in mind: ease of accessibility to the internet surfer on the go. I’m very happy with the results, and the feedback I’ve received from guests confirm that they too are happy with the changes.
Now that leaves me with the blog. What is a blog? Why blog? What do readers want from a blog?
Well, most of us know what a blog is. It’s usually a monthly or weekly article that covers a particular genre. How is this any different than a normal website? The format. A blog posts newest articles first. That is it.
But why blog? Good question! Most bloggers blog because they have something to say. This leads me to my next question. What do I have to say? Now I must ask, what do my readers, you, want to read?
I think I have the answer. My readers are here for…well…me. The website is called “Angela B. Chrysler” after all. But what about me are you wanting to know? I think if you were to answer, you would say, “I would want to know whatever you are willing to share.”
I have Brain to Books, which already focuses on the publishing experience. I have “The Writer’s Road,” which covers the writing experience. I have “Bergen,” which covers Bergen. The blog was doing that for some time, but the reader had to hunt for Bergen’s articles and…well…I have a lot of “Bergen fans” who were looking for an easy to find “Bergen section” on the website.
This brings me back to what topics should I focus on in my blog?
In the end, a writer must write what they know. I know me. I know writing. Personally, I’ve always believed a blog would work best as a journal. But not just a journal. A journal with a goal. What is my goal? To show you what it really is like being a writer?
Let’s pretend that I am J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. What would you want to know about them? I think, you would want to know what they do from day to day. The thoughts in their head…How they conceive ideas. I think, a reader would want to know more about them.
In conclusion, I think I will use my blog as a journal. I think…I will use it to talk to you, dear reader. About my daily trials, my life, maybe my hardships…maybe me. Yes. I like this. I’ll go free form. I will use it as a way I can talk to you. Instead of “Dear Diary,” I will say, “Dear Reader.” And I’ll try to keep the posts under 700 words.
Yes. I think I like that. Oooh! And I every now and then I can write, “What do you know about the Chamber of Secrets?” and see if you write back! LOL (I love Harry Potter, btw).