With so many blogging platforms out there, it seems a bit overwhelming: which one is best? As my blogs grow and I try to increase readership, how can I get the most out of the platform I chose? What makes it more aesthetically appealing to the reader, thereby drawing them back to read again? I read sites like ProBlogger, which is very helpful; it encouraged me to try out the WP software that I am using for this blog.
I used to say that you could walk down a New York City street and spit and hit 20 actors or musician. The same can be said with the internet in relation to bloggers – and really good ones, with something to say besides cute pics of their dogs (hey, trust, I post pics of Chico and the Cats all the time).
There is a sense of regret; I have been actively online in one way or another since 1995, but I only started blogging in 2004 (but that craze didn’t really begin until 2002 or so and then a year ago it really took off). And in doing that, I only really did diary form and poetry. However, in commenting on my own life, I began to realize that my almost Sedaris-style sardonic writing seemed to go over well with people, and I slowly began to comment on other things besides my own life: I wrote about current events, celebrity gossip, etc.
Then, about six months ago, I started getting more involved in the blogging world due to a job with Newstex. In doing that, my writing/blogging world opened up, and I realized a whole myriad of possibilities, a whole universe that I hadn’t really become a part of – that I had let slip by. Therein lies the sense of regret that I mentioned earlier: where I could have been, blogging-wise, by now.
But I suppose I or anyone can say that about any aspect of their lives and I am just happy that although I was brought down to size a bit (I’ve always regarded myself as a tech/cyber/internet geek and am now made to realize the limits of my knowledge), I am making use of my newfound knowledge and trying to gather it at an exponential rate so as to apply it – and find my niche. Having been a DJ, I’ve always enjoyed sharing music. This is one aspect that I have added to Voodoo Jive, for example, that perhaps doesn’t fit in with the other writing; yet it is something that I enjoy, and seems to be enjoyed by others. I used to do a “Song of the Day” on MySpace, that people seemed to get into, so I simply decided to apply it to Voodoo, which is really named after a radio show I had in St. Louis.
Unfortuanately, due to the nearly Adult-Onset-Creative-ADD that I seem to have, I can’t focus on just one thing or topic. This is good and bad, for I don’t want to fall into the “Jack of All Trades” bit – that ends up delivering interesting, yet unfocused, blogs that don’t propel proper readership.
This can be said of my acting career as well, for the paths of acting, acting teacher, and Artistic Director all lay before me.
I just want to do it ALL, dammit.