I was deciding what I was going to post today when I realized that I hadn’t done my Blog Improvement post yet! (Obviously, I’m off to a great start.) Anyway, Kim over at Sophisticated Dorkiness, as I’m sure most of you know, is hosting the 2009 Blog Improvement Project every other Monday. I’m going to be following along, hopefully making this blog a better and better place as the days and months go on.
I decided to focus this first post on setting goals on the Visionary Blogging‘s list of categories to narrow in on. I narrowed it down even further because not everything applied to me.
I’m determined to make this a blog about more than reading. The blogs I love to read most are the ones that include a little of the author’s day to day life, something outside of books. Books are the focus, but at the same time, we know a little bit more about the human side of the blogger. I think this is important. I’m not a book-reading-reviewing machine, after all.
I’m not one hundred percent pleased with the way this blog looks. It’s just a standard WordPress theme and nothing special. I did make the banner myself (that’s my adorable little cousin picking grandpop’s flowers), and I do like it, but I’m not sure it fits the whole book blogging atmosphere. I would also like to figure out how to get a look I actually like. Without a doubt, this is my favorite of the templates that WordPress provides, but I am trying to figure out if there’s a way to change it without paying for anything. One day, maybe, I would be able to pay for a blog, but seriously, I’m in college. I have $0.00 for anything.
I hope to become a full member of this community. I’m not sure what that means or when it happens, but I have felt nothing but welcomed into the book blogging community. It’s the best thing about it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m so happy by the welcome I have gotten. I can’t believe how friendly you all have been. I hope that when a new book blogger comes by my blog for the first time, I can show them just as much of the welcome that you all have.
Traffic is important, of course, but it’s not necessarily my main goal. I’m pleased with the amount of traffic I am getting for being such a new blog. I am going to keep commenting, keep joining memes (but not too many!) and keep joining challenges to help more people find my blog.
This blog is for me and you, but not for money. Who knows, one day maybe I’ll add ads. Maybe I’ll put links to Amazon or another site like that. I don’t think there is anything wrong with those things, it’s just not what I’m focusing on right now. When I get the rest of my blog in line where I want it to be, I will worry about the money.
- blog value
This blog is valuable to me. I certainly hope that over the coming months it becomes valuable to my readers as well. I’m certainly going to be following the advice that the other bloggers have been giving me. I think working on all the other categories listed will definitely lead to an improvement in blog value. As long as this continues to be fun and as long as someone is reading, I’ll be here.
That was long and lengthy, and we’ll see if I end up improving those categories. I hope so!