Comments: Musing

What on earth are you doing here? Why do you read this blog?

habit, i guess. :)

stick to what 'peeves' you. that's my motto.

Posted by r@d@r at March 16, 2006 09:39 AM

If you do a daily Bad Joke gimmick I'll sue your ass. :) :)

I've often wrestled with the very things you muse about here. My conclusion is usually that I blog first and foremost for myself, and if people like the variety of things I find interesting (politics, feminism, comics, New York, sushi, cats, Jewish stuff, Silly Sites, etc.) they'll read it, and if they don't they won't. It means I don't get listed in comics bloggers roundups and I get very few if any Koufax noms because people can't categorize me as a political blogger or comics blogger, but oh well, one doesn't do this for the awards...

Posted by Elayne Riggs at March 16, 2006 12:12 PM

Why do I read?

You find interesting things, you think about them clearly and you write about them with energy and skill.

You can expand, or contract, what you do here to suit yourself. If it's interesting to me, I'll click through, comment, link, etc. If not, I won't.

Anything that brings more readers here would be good, as far as I'm concerned. Anything that makes blogging better/easier/more fun for you is good for all of us.

My approach to "regular features" like Carnival gleanings and Thursday Verses (and goofy self-tests, etc.) is that I do them when I have time and when it makes sense to me. I've never noticed a great uptick in regular readership from them (though both my quotations files and poetry/lyrics postings do attract a fair bit of search engine traffic); to the contrary, my regular readers seem to ignore them as background noise, more than anything else.

Posted by Ahistoricality at March 16, 2006 12:26 PM

I agree very much with the first three paras of "Ahistoricality's" comment. In addition I would say that "Peevish" is one of the few surviving 'classical' weblogs (if I may use that term...): you write about what you have read and seen, give your reactions and thoughts and links to what others have said about it. Since it so happens that I am interested in most of the things that seem to interest you, I read it with pleasure.

It is well known that concentrating on one issue or one field brings more readers. It is also more boring.

Posted by Bengt O. at March 17, 2006 03:17 AM

Well, I don't want to offend Elayne, so no Bad Jokes. ;)

And I don't want to bore Bengt, so no single-topic blogging. (My brain doesn't work in that kind of linear, single-track way anyhow.)

And I don't think there's any danger I'll run out of things that peeve me, either.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

(P.S. Ahistoricality - Nothing garners more hits on my blog than book titles.)

Posted by Anne at March 21, 2006 08:23 AM