Sometimes I like to spend a while reading other people's blogs and see what is going on. I am a regular reader of Rv Travels with Karen and Al and related completely with some of the points that she was making with why she does what she does on her blog.
It got me thinking about The Roadrunner Chronicles and I thought I'd relate some motivations I have behind mine.
I have had a few photos that I like and for a while I put together a collage with a couple of scenes. But I like to change it up a bit. So I try to just use one photo that is fairly recent.
Don't you all get tired of seeing the same photo?
I like to keep it updated/well maintained and that is one of the ways I do it.
I try to keep each title I chose fairly short. I just prefer short title. And I try to avoid stringing-together-more-than-one-thought-in-the-title.
Back in the day when I was a briefer in my military life, one of the things the boss drilled into us was that the staff (audience) wants to see a picture or colorful graphics...not just hear us drone on...
I have tried to remember that in my posts. But I admire those that keep my attention with very few pictures. So I mix it up.
I like to keep it short. I find it very hard to read a long page of information with no paragraphs and/or long sentences. I can run through short paragraphs much easier and quicker so I suppose my audience feels the same way.
I like to know where people are when I am reading their post. Sometimes it is easy to picture where they are other times it is a mystery. I don't mind looking around a bit but if it take more than a quick glance, I may or may not read on. So I often create a map of where we have traveled for the month, or for the last destination of the journey.
I wish I had taken 'Creative Writing' in high school (and Spanish). When I started this blog I didn't realize it would become the hobby it is. I hoped I could learn to write better. I admire those that write well. Like my kids - they write very well. So I figured I would get better at it by 'going for it' and just writing about whatever comes to mind.
There may be an unwritten rule regarding politics, sex and religion in the blogging world. I can find blogs on those subjects. In the blogging world some rant now and then on those things. I try to limit that stuff and yet I do broach the subject from time to time. I am who I am and make no apologies. But I can learn a lot from those who don't see things from the same prism as I do. I have lots of friends who don't think like I do. I have lots of friends who are on a different page. And thats the way I like it. I value their friendship. But I don't like to 'go at it' or 'get in a dig' --not my style.
Sometimes it is a stretch coming up with something to say. Sometimes it gets a little long (and maybe too academic with history and background) --but then I rationalize that I am writing in part for my own education and knowledge. Sometimes I run out of ideas (as in "this is what we had for dinner") and don't have anything really profound to say. But I want to try to figure out something that I can post...because I want to keep in touch with my audience.
I love the fact that you all stop by and want to continue to engage at some level with you all. Writing a regular blog and posting something 3-4 times a week does that. I know there are far more readers that read this than I see at the comment line, and I appreciate that. I am astounded that 744 individual readers stopped by last week to check in. That makes it fun for me. I feel some sense of obligation to post something worthwhile for you all too.
I obviously the payoff is having the privilege of your comments. I have seen a couple of blogger friends who routinely get 20+ comments each day! But then I look at the commitment on their part. They blog every single day and have done so for years. They work hard at it. If I get half that, it is a real bonus. I appreciate it when you all offer a comment. Looking back, I have gotten the most during our tough times/tragedy and you have been there. And when we get into trouble, you offer some encouragement. It really is just that - encouragement.
We have made a whole host of new friends because of this blog and because of their blogs. What a great thing! Its part of the adventure and we look forward to more of both.
Its about time to wrap this up and get on with the day. There's a little background on where I am coming from on my blog and why I do some of the things I do. Some of you have had questions over the last few years and those are always welcome.
Hope you all are enjoying the week and this time of the year. And are warm. I appreciate you and value our connection. Thanks for stopping by today on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...