I gained a few pounds.
Does my admission give my blog a bit more relevance?
Does it up the excitement quotient of my life for you?
Will my challenge increase my readership?
Will it pull me out of the blog doldrums?
A certain lurker seems to think so.
A while back, I made peace with the fact that my blog was not a commercial entity, it was not going to be the end-all, be-all in anyone's day and that it might just get stale. I acknowledged to myself that it was enough for me that it is something that I enjoyed doing, it keeps me focused on my Lap band and it also fed my interest in having a regular forum where I could write and at least have a few people read along and comment every so often. Yes, I figured it was enough for me. After all, if anyone who was new to their Lap band journey really wanted to see my path--my archives were there for them to peruse. Plus, with all the wonderful and successful Lap Band bloggers out there---I was confident everyone could find a place to land. Yes, it was enough for me.
I'm pretty sure I could have lived with the thought that my blog's heyday was a thing of the past as long as I had a few folks who continued to stay connected---if for no other reason than reading it was a daily habit for them.
Until last night.
A sometimes-blog-reader/lurker and I had a quick online chat about something unrelated to my blog.
During the course of that quick conversation--the sometimes-reader/lurker mentioned something about my lack of staying on course with my blog.....that I was just talking and that I had gotten away from the original purpose of my blog.
Although I didn't tell the sometimes-blog-reader/lurker that I had been struggling with it all for a bit, it was evident. Even though I didn't like the tone of the comment that I had been just talking (I, for one, would have never said it THAT way!), I respect this sometimes-blog-reader/lurkers opinion very much. So, I asked "what do you think I need to do?"
The response was something I hadn't thought much about......
"Rather than providing insight into struggles, you are just ranting about your life, which probably to most people isn't that interesting. Your original intent was about a struggle. A challenge. That's why people read it. They felt connected to it. You need a struggle.
People need a reason to read your blog! You have to get back to the struggle!"
Alrighty then, bring on the struggle!
I guess these holiday pounds came at the right time.....
Please come back and bring your friends......