And apparently, my friend found Storypot dated, boring and not engaging at all. As she put it, she "cringed" when she and her colleague/friend went through the blog.
Of course my gut response was, "how dare you call my baby ugly?"LOL!
I had the good sense not to say that to her though, because that would have shut down the conversation real fast.
So I considered the source. My friend and I have very different tastes in all manner of things and rarely agree on anything on the first try. Most days, we agree to disagree, because we have a huge respect for each other.
I've been known to call her when I hate what I've written and she'll reassure me that it's highly unlikely it all sucks, go through it with me and help me identify and fix weaknesses in the project. Even then, we'll spend hours arguing about each point until we find a compromise that works for us both.
She always makes me question what I do, how I do it, whether I'm giving it my best. She says I help her consider things more diplomatically, instead of jumping into battle feet first.
Anyhoo, my point is, she says this blog sucks. And yes the critique was all-encompassing. Sometimes she is harsh like that. Probably because she was nervous offering the criticism in the first place.
My second, calmer
Sounds like an intelligent, not-so-defensive response, doesn't it? Her response to that? It's not about the social media. The blog is blah!
She also offered to get her friend/colleague, who is apparently a social media guru, to give me a critique. I said yes, please.
I don't know what will come off that critique. There will probably be suggestions I agree with and can implement, those I agree with but it's not worth spending my time on, and stuff I just plain don't agree with. That's just life. Still, I'm grateful that someone who is knowledgeable on making blog appealing/interesting has offered me her expertise.
I already know I need to update some of the pages which became dated when I stopped blogging for more than a year. My time is extremely limited, and I'd rather use it to work on client projects and my own projects, as well as posting good content on this blog.
Still, this blog is how people who don't know me well get to know me and my work. This is where people get their first impression of me as a writer. So it is important that I put my best foot forward.
Here are some of the things that came out of my conversation with my friend:
1. Critiques are very important to a writer and blogger
Without them, how will you know what areas you can improve? It's easy enough to get into the habit of making the same mistake, without seeing it.
2. People who will fearlessly criticise your work, knowing that they could hurt your feelings/antagonise you/even endanger your relationship are more precious than gold.
I'm not talking about people who give harsh criticism so they can hear themselves talk, or who hate seeing other people succeed and are just criticising you because they are jealous. What I'm talking about is friends who help you identify weaknesses, point them out and offer solutions.
3. Readers offer an important voice to a writer's work
They'll help promote your work, telling their family,friends and everyone who'll listen about it. Which is good when they're spreading good news and a career-killer if they hate your work.
So. Moving forward, I'd like you to share with me:
a) Things about this blog that you find uninteresting/ boring/you don't like
b) Topics that you'd like me to blog about
This is request doesn't have a time-limit, so please comment on this post whenever it is you read it.
P.S. The client writing is going extremely well. I feel as if the creative wasteland is history. And Mma is still doing very well.