The theme for today in WordCount’s 2012 Blogathon allows bloggers to play like some golfers and take a mulligan. It’s a do-over. A look back in order to look ahead.
The question is “If I started blogging today, what would I do differently?”
I started my first blog in 2009 when I found I had too much information I wanted to share with readers, but too few outlets to reach them. I still remember the feeling I had the day I wrote my first blog post and hit the “Publish” button. I wasn’t just a writer anymore, I was a publisher, too.
Because of that, I approached blogging as a serious endeavor, more like running a magazine than a blog. I felt responsible for defining my blog’s mission and developing solid content.
If I had a do-over, I’d focus more on having fun instead.
In fact, that’s what I see happening in mainstream media today. Nearly every publication and televised broadcast is working to add a more light-hearted approach to driving readers and viewers to their online content. Reporters promote their blogs, sports personalities tweet, and magazines send readers online to enter contests, follow them on Facebook, and keep up with them on Pinterest.
If I started blogging today, I’d ask a lot more questions, offer more free stuff, host more contests, and encourage readers to send in funny stories. I’d read more humor blogs and take some cues from them.
I’d also include more pictures of dogs in silly outfits.
What ideas do you have for adding a touch more fun to your writing?