Here’s a question for readers. Why are you reading this right now? Seriously, I’d like to know. What brought you here? Why do you check the site (or have it in your RSS reader)? What kind of content do you expect, or do you simply enjoy whatever’s “good”, regardless of the topic? (Edit: Conversely, what do you hate? That’s usually the first thing I ask a person critiquing one of my stories, and something I openly ask you.) Most importantly, in your opinion, how could I improve?
See, recently I noticed that there are between 130 and 170 readers checking the site out through the RSS feeds. Obviously, the number goes up and down on a daily basis, and while I’ve tried my hardest to spot a pattern, I haven’t seen one. This is probably because I’m not particularly consistent about my topics. One month I’ll be writing about writing, another about health, another about business and finance, and another about personal memories. That’s just the way I am. And that’s why I’m (again) in the 9Rules “Commentary” category. (I was in the “Writing” category for a little while.)
Although I write primarily because I enjoy writing, I also write to entertain, and to inform, and to share. Basically, I write for an audience (you), although I make sure to remember I’m in that audience. That hasn’t always been the case, of course, and many times I’ve written for myself, instead. That’s why at times you see stuff that is completely and utterly off topic (life updates about things I’ve never before talked about), and why at others you see instructional posts on how to do something.
But back to the point: I’d like to know what brought you here, what keeps you reading, and what you’d like to see more of? I’d like to keep that in mind as I move forward in order to… well, in order to not waste your time. Also, I’d like to have the site a bit more focused, since I’m exploring the possibility of branching out into a couple of other sites, some more business-oriented (in style, not necessarily in content), others more community oriented, and another more personal. If you could drop off a comment telling me what you think I’d really appreciate it. And be honest, too. If you think my recent content has been nothing short of deplorable, tell me so and tell me why. On the other hand, if you like what you’ve read, I’d like to know why also. As I said, in the end I’m writing for an audience, though I never forget I’m part of that audience. But the fact remains that I’m writing for an audience. And that audience is you.