Warning: Opinions ahead
JJ typing, Blogging is much like tv shows. Somebody makes a blog and hopes someone else will read it. Some tv shows remain on the air because of viewers or the love of those who put work into it. There are many reasons why tv shows stop. I imagine blogs are the same. In the past year I know of three blogs that have stopped. One guy told me "I lost my blog. I can't find it" in that he lost the desire to blog.
Making an original blog is akin to reinventing the wheel. You can't invent a better wheel. You can change the size, materials, colour, etc of the wheel, its still a wheel. You think you're providing something original, something nobody has seen before. After blogging for a bit you come across a blog that is presenting almost the same material in a different way. Then you hope your blog presents the same material in a more attractive way. Much like Fight Club 'You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.' You blog. Others blog. Comes down to, do you enjoy blogging?
Some blogggers talk about how much you get back from blogging. I'd say you get about a tenth back what you put into it, if you're lucky. You can't pick your audience. Fortunately your audience picks you. Something about your blog spoke to them and they come back for mostly unknown reasons. You'll occasionally get the attaboy from a post. Which of course generates the pavlovian response to find out exactly what you can do to earn the next attaboy.
Keeping with that point. Rewards of blogging are few and far between. You need to give. Give a lot to blog. Blogging regularly quickly becomes your primary hobby. I've mentioned this before and do so again. Tallarn brings up a good point. Paint, game, hobby before blogging. Blogging shouldn't be the priority. Though it can come close to being one. You need material to blog about. Blogging isn't a reward. The impetus to the blog post is the reward. If you blog just to blog you're material will soon suffer and you won't be doing anyone, or yourself, any favours. Example: my First Impressions on Chaos Daemons post. Please don't bother reading it. Its horrible.
This is where the audience, visitors, you the, readers, come in. It's strange how people want the same thing presented in different ways. Some are picky and need it worded exactly the way they want (/waves hand), others are less discerning. You visitors are awesome. There's an almost unspoken agreement between the author of a blog and its readers. That unspoken agreement is a mystery and its one you readers keep close without revealing it. You readers are the point of this post. While I don't know how to handle and feed you. I'll do my best when you ring that bell. This blog is here because of you. I thank you for your attention. I deeply appreciate those of you who have been commenting for a long time and providing inspiration. In no particular order. Thank you: Zab, Suijin, Samuel, Spyrle, Tallarn, Anons, Aleman, Bryan, Dale, LT, Ryan, Ron, Shawn, Connor, Simon, Joe x, IDICBeer, cpyke,
I'll close this post with: It's not about how to handle and feed your blog. Or knowing how to blog or even what to post. It is about handling and feeding the people that visit your blog. It is because of them that this blog keeps going. Give value. Treat your visitors with respect. Connect with them. Converse with them. Make time for them. It is not about scratching their backs so they will scratch yours. Or taking care of them so they will take care of you. We take care of each other. Thank you.
p.s. The new blog header was created by Tallarn. Thanks!