Every now and then someone will tell me what I should blog about. Someday I’ll explain why I detest the word should, but for now I’ll explain who the target audience is for the blog. Only after the target audience is defined can one understand why I rarely take suggestions for blog topics.
Who do I write this blog for?
This is my story. There might be a post on a book I just read or a place I just visited. All things that I care to share, but all things that were interesting to me. My interests can and do change over time.
Back in September 2000, I wrote a blog post about the Autobiographical aspect to blogging. Note that in 2000, I was refusing to use the term “blog” and instead used the term “web log”. I was such a rebel in my youth.
[An autobiographical blog] only works is you live an interesting life. Most people don’t. Web logs about getting stuck in traffic or reformatting a hard drive are complete drivel. Meeting the President or totalling a car is far more interesting. If your life isn’t that exciting, perhaps developing a web log to document your days on Earth isn’t the best use of your time.
So the primary function of this blog is to keep ME interested. I do and learn interesting things and share them here. If I don’t do or learn something interesting, then this blog falls apart. I’m not going to sit around taking personality quizzes just to have something to post. I have things to do.
#2 Readers that Comment
I love good comments that extend the discussion of the topic. In July, there was so many good comments on The Importance of College that I will most likely be creating a new post on that topic. I’ve had some really good comments in the past year. Thank you!
#3 Everyone Else
The anonymous majority is last. Does this mean I think valued commenters, many whom I’ve never even met, are a more important audience than friends and family that don’t comment? Absolutely.