What to write?
It’s Friday and the blank page and I are having a staring contest. What to write for next week’s blog? Sometimes an idea has been percolating all week and the thing writes itself. Other days, I wrack my brain, trying to come up with something interesting, informative or at the very least, entertaining...
A recent study found that online readers are drawn to positive and uplifting stories, as opposed to negative ones.
Frankly, I’m surprised. In real life, the juicy gossip or the blow-out fight always gets more play than any romantic date night tale. Is it because “bad” makes us feel better about ourselves, while “everything’s good” is just a bit boring?
When I analyze the reaction to my own blogs (based on likes and feedback on the site, Facebook and Twitter), I find that two types of blogs get the most notice. The first are what I call “rants”: blogs about things that bother me or that I’d like to see improved. The second is personal stories, usually where something more private is revealed.
In the first category, my tirade against tights worn as pants (a rant-type blog) got 343 likes, many shares, and a lot of comments. On the other hand, my recent list of favourite kitchen gadgets (call this an information-based blog) got very little response.
My admission that I’m an introvert in an extroverted profession got a very positive response. (Thanks fellow innies!) Meanwhile my Portland travel guide – much less personal in nature – only got a sprinkling of interest. (Though my mom would argue it was a highly personal blog, and she still hasn’t forgiven me for posting her picture. But she looks so cute!)
I myself like to surf the web for news, celebrity gossip, fashion, cute animal videos, and humorous op-ed pieces. But my question to you, dear readers, is this: what do you like to read on our site? What do you want to see more of?
1: Personal stories or revelations (a la, “Ladies, do we drink too much?)
3. Product information and reviews
4. Travelogues and trip reviews
5. Cultural reviews, on books, movies and TV shows, etc.
6. Fashion and Beauty articles
7. Recipes and food related stories
8. Health and fitness information and reviews
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Top photo: spaceamoeba/flickr