I’ve been suffering from blogger depression again and as much as I hate to say it, it boils down to the lack of visits/comments on Mummy Notes. I’m not exactly vain, but it does get me down to write from the heart and post precious photos of my son only to receive next-to-no attention.
I’ve been blogging for over ten years and this niche has definitely been the toughest to earn readership in. I don’t know if the problem is my content, my style, or perhaps this part of the blogosphere is simply over-saturated. I’ve thought about broadening the subjects I write about and being more general, but then surely I’ll put off the (few) readers I’ve already got who are interested in parenting anecdotes?
My reviews are my most popular posts by a long shot, but those readers rarely comment and never come back. I find this the most disheartening because reviews take me much longer to put together and for people to not even say “thanks, that was useful” or even “that wasn’t particularly helpful” makes me wonder why I bother. I guess it’s because I take blogger reviews into account extensively when I want to buy something and I love being able to help out other people doing the same.
So, back to the title of this entry – what do you think readers are looking for? I know that content is king, but what kind of content? What draws you in and makes you want to say something? What makes you want to come back and see what’s new? How important is the look of the site? Are my images too big/small, posts too short/long etc. Or am I really just a rubbish blogger? Go on, tell me the truth. I may not like it, but I’d rather be told I’m doing a bad job and be able to do something about it.