Hi there folks, welcome. And a brand new hello to the recent followers, nice to see you!
Today’s post is less about writing and more about your expectations of this site, and an idea I have recently had. And whilst I can certainly do what I please regards this website, it is a foolish writer that ignores their readers. So, I want your opinion.
This website has been operational for just under a year. In fact I got the domain renewal notice the other day. And, despite a brief gap in posting it has been consistent and follower numbers have grown. I appreciate that more than you realise. What you may also not realise is this is one of two websites I have. The other website is a hobby blog where I talk about gaming. I review stuff and explore educational and social benefit of the hobby. Some of my posts from there have been shared here and some from here have been shared there.
Now, it occurs to me that having two websites has two readerships when in fact I really want one set of readers. Granted, on their own merits each site is doing reasonably well for a first year site. However, I believe that they will become stronger if they were to merge. I have tried this in the past, and it has been a bit unsuccessful. Which would lead you to rightly ask, what has changed? If it didn’t work before, then what makes you think it will work now?
My answer is related to purpose and format. Previously the format of the site was a blog roll. And I treated it like a niche blog, except it had two distinct and discrete areas. And I feel that is what caused the blog to have an issue with identity leading to its ultimate failure.
This time my intent is to run a website as my author website. On Sharp Writing I have shared my thoughts on the craft of writing and storytelling. I have spoken about things that I feel have helped me that I believe will benefit others. As I said, I want to merge the two websites I have and have a single author website. It would have a static landing page describing the site, and me and it would contain both of my blogs. I don’t believe this will cause an issue with site identity. If I have an author site then it is reasonable to talk about my writing work, my writing thoughts and also share all of my public writing – in this case, my hobby Blog.
My question to you would be – does this make any difference to you as a reader?
I will break that down. Would a site that talks about fiction, writing and my hobby feel weird to you? Would the additional content make you less likely to stick around? And how would you feel if the content was good, but the primary URL changed?
That is it, over to you. Please, I appreciate your thoughts!