I decided to go to Google and ask it what the popular topics are for blogs are because I would like this blog to have the same focus as my other two blogs. It was easy to do that on those sites because they feature on my writing.
I had decided I wanted a ‘for fun’ blog ( in lieu of Facebook ) which I felt was sort of getting messy because I didn’t quite define what ‘for fun’ was when I started it.
Here’s what I have so far:
Google says a winning blog will be about:
- 1. Listicles.
- 2. How-tos.
- 3. Politics.
- 4. Bacon.
- 5. Recipes.
- 6. Beginner guides.
- 7. Ultimate guides.
Write about these things and your blog will be popular get lots of traffic and be considered successful.
What follows are the topics that pulled readers to my blog, Enduring Bones. Though it doesn’t get BOODLES of traffic I figure if someone has ended up there and keeps coming back I’m doing my thing as a writer. I’m really not into heavy traffic because I post on line to get my writing chops down.
Curious and because I’m a research wonk, I went over my stats and here is what people come to my blog and look at:
Stories about my dog ( Pets or Dogs )
Short stories ( dealing with the Supernatural )
It seems to me that no matter what the hot topic of the day is, people do love a good ghost story- thank goodness for that or I would be stranded on Facebook Island with the rest of the population- and that is one crowded little island where everybody is yelling at someone or posting pictures of their food and Sunsets.
The one category that does take heavy traffic as predicted by Google is politics – HOWEVER the posts I’ve written deal with a specific local issue and the posts are based on first hand experience and personal knowledge so it’s not in the echo chamber realm. Plus I don’t add to it very often, so it’s anomaly.
Another thing I learned a long time ago was that I had a reader for maybe 3 minutes- and with the use of Phones instead of laptops that might have dropped. That might explain why my posts that feature Photography and Poetry seem to take a lot of traffic.
All gloves are off at Halloween because my main blog Enduring Bones features something Halloween related from The last week of September until the 2nd of November. It doesn’t seem to matter how long or short the posts are as long as they’re something you’d enjoy reading during the Halloween Season.
I work on that topic starting in July and my main body of work is queued up by September at the latest. I also spend time getting the word out on social media that ” Halloween has returned to My Bones “. So It’s true, you do have to promote your blog and the more time you put into that the more you’ll see in return.
The thing is, I only really care about my writing which gets its chance to shine in October. The rest of the year I sort of ‘warm up’ for the main event and hopefully I get some ideas for stories and I get a good collection of both my own photographs and ‘finds’ from the internet that stay with the seasonal theme.
Maybe I’m overthinking things.
Here is a quote from Stephen King that I like- maybe as I flesh this blog out I should relax about the issue and keep this in mind:
“So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”
― Stephen King,