02 March 2016
How To Keep Them Coming Back For More | IWSG
For the past few months, I’ve been linking up with the Insecure Writer's Support Group (ISWG) on the first Wednesday of every month. Guess what today is – yep, it’s the first Wednesday of March. So, it’s time for some musings on writing.
I imagine some of our regular blog followers are screaming at their computers just now, “Come on Ellen, we don’t want to read about no stinking writing nonsense! Where are the posts about living on a sailboat, avoiding boat projects and travel that we’ve come to expect from you? Even one of those polar bear posts would be better than this.”
Just hang in there. Please. Pretty please with sprinkles on top. I know that many of the lovely ISWG folk will leave helpful and supportive comments about my conundrum, but I’d also like to hear from our regular blog followers too. After all, that’s what this month’s conundrum is about – you guys.
Okay, here’s the deal with the conundrum. Next month, I’m going to be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Basically, you blog every day during April (except Sundays) following along with the alphabet (e.g., A is for Anchor, B is for Boatyard, C is for Catamaran).
When I did this last year, my blog posts were unrelated and pretty random. The upside was that there was something for everyone – some blog posts were about our travel adventures, some were about sailing and others were about polar bears. So, even if folks thought a particular day’s post was dead boring, there might be something that floats their boat the next day.
This year, I’m doing a theme. Each post is going to build upon the previous post. The catch is that you have to read the posts in order to follow along with the theme.
So, here’s the problem – some of you may stop coming back to the blog during April because you: (1) think the theme is stupid from the outset; (2) get bored with the theme partway through the month; or (3) only get intermittent internet access and figure it’s not worth the bother if you can’t follow along with the theme.
Here’s how I’m thinking of working around this and hopefully keeping you coming back for more. The first part of each blog post during April will be focused on the theme, but the second part will have some random thoughts on the day’s topic (like anchors, boatyards or catamarans) that don’t require that you read the posts in order.
For our regular blog readers...What do you think? Would this keep you coming back for more?
For you ISWG folk...What tips/tricks do you have to keep people coming back for more? Are you doing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year? If so, have you used a theme before and what lessons did you learn?
If you’re wondering why my theme is, you’ll have to wait until the end of the month when all will be revealed. But here’s a hint – America’s favorite teenage girl detective will be back for some more sailing adventures.
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