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VOF Week 3 “Blogging : Laying it bare”

Blogging for me is wearing your heart on a sleeve. It actually depends on how much of you want to share with the world. I had tried blogging, excited at the prospect of having my work, thoughts, feelings and experiences out there for a global audience to read. I had written before, spoken of things, people and places in my life. I kept a journal since I was nine, wrote to close friends on a daily basis while in boarding school. This was going to be a walk in the park, I thought. I quickly discovered two challenges

Content and Audience

  • Content
  • I was not sure how far I should go with what I write. How much of myself would I put out there to be read. Much as I would love to share my thoughts, feelings and experiences, should I impose a self limit on how much information is on my blogs? How frequently would I have to update my blog? Funny how until today,I never realized what power the blog would have in as far as my work as an Artiste and Activist. Unlike a website the blog content has to be constantly updated.

    • Audience
    • Who is my target audience and how to I get them to visit my blog and keep them interested in the content? As a woman, writer and artist I would reach out to those with similar interests, but although I told many of my friends that I had started a blog very few actually “checked it out.” I think it is important to understand your audience, know what people are reading, which blogs have loads of traffic. Word of mouth, in this case “email” helps bring traffic. I also believe like a good story you should leave your audience wanting more from you, so they keep coming back to see what else you have got. Joining vibrant blogs, contributing and providing links back to your blog, I believe can help grow your audience.
      To be able to keep your blog alive it should be dynamic and able to change with the times to keep up with the daily changes in Web 2.0. Incorporating animation, video and audio for me would be a way to keep people interested in visits to my blog. I also feel that blogging is cultivating an audience one person at a time, making their visit to your blog a personal experience moving them into action or spreading the word!

Comments

molliv's picture

Upadting and transitioning

thanks so much for the organized and concise, yet very personal entry. i think many people ponder these same questions. how do we really know who's reading, especially when there is so much out there on the internet? even if you're obsessed wit ha subject, it's impossible to read everything that's been written. and it is SO hard to put yourself out there, as you say "waring your heart on sleeve", only to find out no one is even reading it, after you have gone through the inner struggle of deciding how much of yourself you were willing to share.

it seems like you have some potential solutions here, but how do you think you can best implement these? are you in a place where access is difficult? do people know about blogging? do they want to have their voices heard? can you teach them, inspire them? you have inspired me, so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch for you. :)

thanks again!

~molli

Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, even Moses started out as a basket case.

ntoweett's picture

Accessing a blog

Thanks for the compliment! I am glad I am reaching out....

I think we can get word out about blogging to women who do not have daily access to the internet by linking sms/texting and blogging. Most women have phone ans use text messaging service. I think there is a way to link the two such that one registers as a member/ to access a blog and will be sent updates on the latest additions on the blog and can be able to access and respond to these and comment using thier phone. I beleive that the two technologies can be linked.

About getting the word out..we can use the age old "word of mouth" added with the use of texting , i believe we can get the word round.

I know women want to be heard. In my local hair salon, while getting their hair made, women talk , to each other and sometimes about others and if we can make this talk constructive and forum for passing on information? Who wouldnt want to be a part of it?

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