In the wonderful wide world of writing fiction and blogging, there are a few things that writers often overlook in our quest to master our craft and reach an audience. We ignore a couple of key learnings in favor of doing other obvious (though admittedly important) things; things like (gasp) actually writing, or editing prose, or building believable characters, or maintaining a frequent blog publishing schedule, or finding the perfect picture to match our topic (I had to decide between a picture with seven doors and a monkey looking extremely pensive for this one).
But one admirable thing about writers is that we are always learning. We have to be, or we wouldn’t be able to believably write about things we aren’t experts in. What types of trees grow in the subtropics? How long can a human being survive without water? What is amnesia really like; what variations of memory loss are most common and how do they actually work? Do some people really have six toes?
It’s in this spirit of learning that I’ve been focusing a bit with friends and family on one of these overlooked things – learning about my target audience. What types of fiction do different people like to read? In each genre, which aspects do they love the most? What parts of a novel keep them turning the pages past midnight?
Often, writers fall into two distinct groups in regard to learning about our audience: either we try to please everyone, or we just try to please ourselves. That second group is okay for someone who writes because they love it and for no other reason, but if we want to reach a larger audience – have our works read and enjoyed by (and bring joy to) a big group – we need to think about who it is that reads our work. And pleasing everyone just flat out doesn’t work (unless you’re J.K. Rowling and your book series is magic).
Just as authors need to (or at least, benefit if they) identify their target audience, the same is true for blogging. Are you trying to reach other writers? Avid fiction readers? Friends and family only? Travel bugs? Fashionistas?
For people who are just discovering their voice (are they witty in blog posts, blunt, controversial, whatever?) the answer is sometimes, “I’m writing for anyone in the world who will read my blog. Please. Seriously. Read it.” And while I still would ask anyone in the world to please, seriously, read my blog (seriously, keep doing it), I also want to know what the people who already read it like about it, or what they like to read on blogs in general.
A couple easy ways to go about this:
- Look to other successful blogs along the lines of what you like
- Actually ask questions (ew, right?)
So with all that said, I’m looking for a little help here! For those who read a lot of other blogs, what is one blog that you’d recommend as a good example of things you like to read? I’m always trying to add blogs to my follow list, and I’m sure a lot of other people who are reading this post are, too!
If you have the time to answer, what types/styles of posts do you specifically like the most? And if you’ve read this blog before, which blog posts on here have you liked, have you connected with?
Or, asked in a simpler fashion (as the title does): Which blog do you want to read?
Thank you so much, as always, for reading and taking the time to speak with me. And special thank you to those who end up sharing and helping out below!
Here are two adorable pictures of Maisey as payment: