Me: We have a problem.
Myself: What kind of problem? Are we out of keyboard strokes?
Me: What? Never mind. We’re going to need to change our blog posts. Do you think our readers are aware that our stories are based on real life events from the journals we kept in our earlier life?
Myself: Maybe. But I bet few would know that genre is called creative nonfiction. I had never heard of that before we began writing in it! I wonder how many other genres are out there that we’ve never heard of.
Me: Focus, man! We’re not talking about genres. We talking about our blogs! We need some information.
Myself: You mean, like what our readers like to read?
Me: Yes. If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty much done with the journals from the 1970’s. We need to move on to the 80’s.
Me: So there’s a problem with that. Our life changed more than a few times during the 80’s. And so our journal entries changed also.
Myself: How? The handwriting?
Me: No, you fool. They went from event based to thinking based. More about what we thought about things than actual events.
Myself: So? I still don’t see the problem.
Me: Really? How can we write about events when there aren’t many to choose from?
Myself: Oh, I get it. So what do we do?
Me: There’s several directions we can go, but I just can’t decide.
Myself: Well, maybe if we figured out why we’re writing in the first place, it might help us figure out which direction to go.
Me: OK. At first we wrote to practice our writing skills. But that changed over time after we began getting feedback. So we need new goals.
Myself: I have one! How about to brighten our reader’s day with a little entertainment?
Me: That’s good. We definitely want to do that. But that seems so trivial. We need to think deeper. Like maybe to inspire our readers to keep on keeping on with their own walks with God.
Myself: Ooo, I like it! But I have one even deeper than that! To glorify God by acknowledging, and in a way thanking, Him for all the ways He has been faithful to us!
Me: Perfect! So we have three new goals. Now how do we reach them?
Myself: Get readers to read them of course!
Me: Duh! And how do we do that when we don’t know what they like?
Myself: Now who’s being dumb. Ask them!
Me: Their time is precious with so many daily demands on their lives. And there’s so many great blogs they could be reading. I always feel honored when they choose to spend some of that time reading what we write. I don’t want to ask even more of their time. I want them to be glad each time they visit us.
Myself: Well, it won’t hurt to ask them. Maybe a few of them would be kind enough to answer.
Me: Wow! If they would, I think I would jump with joy!
Myself: That I would love to see! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you jump, except for when you see a roach. lol
Me: Very funny. Let’s write a letter to our readers with our questions.
Myself: Good idea. Here’ s what I think it should say:
We love you! Thank you so much for spending some of your valuable time with us! Could we please ask you a few questions? It would help us out tremendously as we contemplate the direction we want our blog to take.”
Me: Tremendously? Contemplate?
Myself: Shhh… big words might make them think we’re smarter than we are.
“Here are some questions, but any comments or suggestions would also be greatly appreciated!
Which of our stories had the greatest impact on you?
What kinds of stories would you like to see more of? Humorous, thought provoking, emotional, chapters (where one long story is divided into several blogs), etc.?
Are there any type stories you don’t like?
Would you be interested in other kinds of writing such as our commentary as we studied different scriptures? Or pictures we drew that told a story all on their own (with maybe just a caption when necessary)?
Do you prefer daily short stories or fewer longer stories (like 2-3 per week)?
What else can we do to make our blogs more inspiring, entertaining, and/or worthwhile of your time?
Very gratefully yours,
Me and Myself”
Me: Sounds good. Let’s post it!
I hope this blog brought you a smile or two! The dialogue was meant to be humorous but the questions are serious. I really would like feedback. When I was still teaching, I used to ask parents as well as my students for feedback from time to time in order to evaluate my performance and make changes when necessary in order to become the most effective teacher I could be. I would like to use that same strategy to help me become the most effective, inspiring, impactful blogger I can be. I would truly be honored for any time you spend providing this feedback to me! And I truly do love you!