Steve’s Media Blog

100 Posts: Time for some introspection

Posted on: January 16, 2009

Before you continue reading my post, I just wanted to say that I delayed the scheduling of this post as long as possible because I have a difficult decision to make at the end of the entry.

When I started this blog, 100 posts ago, it was originally based on my little notebook for discovering what music to pick up.  As I wrote, I eventually discovered that I felt like writing more than just about music, but media as well.  Hence, “Steve’s Media Blog”.

I’ve made an effort to keep music an important part to this blog, mostly by keeping a music-central theme and posting free music every Friday.  I think I’ve done a good job with that, with only mid-December as being a bit of an off-period (because of a vacation).

I just wanted to point out some statistics before I get to my difficult decision.  Here are my top 5 all-time posts to date, based on amount of views:

The first four out-perform every article here, mostly because of image search results (and a link from Google’s blog for the Free Stickers).  Generally I assume that numbers like 36 views paint a more realistic picture of regular visitors to my blog.

However, I’ve seen my blog rise steadily in average viewers since the start, and to date I’ve had 4,009 viewers.  Not too shabby, if I may say so!

Now on to my decision.  I’ve looked at my recent posts, and compared them to the various blogs that I follow.  My posts recently have essentially been link posts with no real substance.  Which is fine, but I’m trying to pass this blog off as something I actually write in.   I do that when I have a review, but lately I haven’t had much time to listen to the music that I want to review.

So the way I see it, I have a few options:

  1. Keep writing in this blog, but veer away from link posts – or write more of an opinion around them.
  2. Stop writing in the blog.  Leave it at 100 posts, and move on to something else.
  3. Keep the blog as is, while starting a new project separate from this.

Right now I’m really leaning towards #2.  But when I consider the amount of work I’ve put into this blog in getting people to at the very least read it, it saddens me to think that I’ve wasted all of it.

So I’m going to do a combination of #1 and #3.  I’m going to keep writing in this blog, but I may start a separate blog somewhere else with another topic.  Please use the comments on this blog for future posts and give me some feedback on my entries.  I need to know when I’m being lazy and when I’m putting some real thought into this blog.

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2 Responses to "100 Posts: Time for some introspection"

Hi Steve! First of all congrats on reaching 100 posts. Not an easy feat so kudos!

I think the other decisions must rest on deciding your goals for blogging. Do you want hundreds and thousands of readers? Do you want to write at all? Why do you “really” blog?

Seth Godin wrote an excellent free eBook on blogs, and blog types. This little tome may help:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/files/whos_there.pdf

If you’re looking for ways to build traffic and readership, I recommend problogger.net

Hope this helps! :)

Hey there, thanks for the comment. That’s a good point – what do I want out of the blog? I guess when I started it, the bare minimum: people to read what I have to say. I’ll have to read that Seth Godin link, thanks!

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