In a break from usual proceedings, today I am asking for your help with a project I am really excited about.
I plan on starting up an after school blogging club for my students when I start teaching in September, enabling them to write individually or collaboratively about topics that interest them, to have the thrill of being ‘published’, and to enjoy stimulating and participating in debates through interacting with their readers. I also want to get the girls thinking about the nature of online communication and its differences from other forms of print. To help them with this, I need to understand more about what readers look for in blogs and how they choose to interact with bloggers. I obviously have my own opinions, but I’m interested to know whether my thoughts and experiences are shared and whether there are any aspects of blogging that I haven’t thought about.
As such, I have a few questions that I’d be most grateful if you could answer for me. If you want to take part but don’t feel comfortable commenting publicly in the comments section, then please feel free to post as Anonymous or email me with your thoughts instead. Please be as honest as possible – all comments – negative or positive – are welcome and useful. I’m definitely not angling for compliments! Thank you very much in advance if you can take the time to respond. Once I’ve received all the answers, I’m going to write a mini report on the findings, which I will post on here as well as give to my future students!
Here are the questions – answers can be as brief or as detailed as you wish!:
- Do you subscribe to my blog in some form? If not, why not?
- Do you find some of my posts to be more interesting than others?
- If yes, can you explain what posts would be most likely to turn you off?
- I clearly state that this is a book blog. If I post about a topic that isn’t book related, do you still read it?
- Do you value personal commentary or do you prefer objectivity? Do you find my blog too personal, or not personal enough?
- Do you regularly read other blogs?
- If yes, do the other blogs you read tend to be in the same genre (books) as mine, or do you read widely across genres?
- If you don’t read other blogs, why have you chosen to read mine in particular?
- Would you say my blog has any distinctive features? Or is it fairly typical of other book blogs?
- Do you prefer long or short posts, or do you have no preference?
- Do you appreciate photography or images embedded within a blog post, or do you mainly visit for the text?
- Does the layout and general appearance of my blog give you any particular impression/assumption about me as a person or about the style or content of my writing?
- Does a blog’s layout and appearance matter to you?
- What moves you to comment on one of my posts? If you have never commented, why?
- How frequently do you expect my blog to be updated, and do you find that posts appear too frequently or too infrequently for your liking?
- Do you have any other comments or observations you’d like to make?
Apologies for this diversion from the usual service; I will be back shortly with a review of the brilliant and heartbreaking The House in Paris!