This is the first week of the Blog Improvement Project. This week’s task is to set goals for our blog, and by focusing on what we want to achieve we will hopefully become better bloggers.
The main reason I set up this blog was to try to find people with similar reading tastes to me, in the hope that I could find great books to read that I otherwise would not have come across.
I also enjoy writing book reviews, as I have found that in writing them I appreciate the book more, and often realise things that I didn’t when originally reading the book.
With these fairly modest objectives in mind (after-all there are only so many books I can read/review each week) I set off to read the guide for reviewing your blog at problogger. Many of the questions are difficult for me to answer, as I have only been blogging for a few months. Some of the others generated more questions than answers. For example:
What do I want people to do once they’ve read my blog?
Go and buy the book I’ve just recommended? Leave a comment, to let me know their opinion? Tell all their friends about how wonderful my blog is? All of the above?!
The main thing I’ve learnt, is that there is a lot more to blogging than I first thought. If I want to increase the visibilty of my site then I need to be more active in the blogging community, learn more about the technical side to blogging, and write about more things that other people are interested in. Hopefully this blog improvement challenge will encourage me to find the answers to these questions, and by the end of 2009 this blog will be a much more interesting place to visit!