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3 Reasons why I suck as a blogger

Recently I have been thinking about Binary Moon and why it has plateaued and wondering if I can help it grow anymore. I like to think the site has some interesting content, and that it’s not inoffensive to look at, so why is my traffic starting to drop?

1. Lack of focus

I have never had any sort of focus on Binary Moon. I jump around quite regularly between video games and web design with the occasional movie based post, and I also like to post quick links to things that interest me. I even have a Harry Potter section that has become more popular than I had ever dreamed. However I wonder if this lack of focus turns people off, not everyone is interested in Video Games AND Web Design AND Films AND Harry Potter, so maybe they go elsewhere for their blogging fix?

2. Irregular posting schedule

I post when I want. Working full time I just don’t have the opportunity to do a proper post every day, and to tell the truth I don’t want to. But does this make people like me (or my site) any less? Do you, my reader(s), want me to post more often/ regularly?

3. No social aspects

By my nature I am not a hugely social person and Binary Moon tends to share this aspect of my personality. I tend to steer away from social blogging elements such as the ever popular sharing tools (Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon etc), the website widgets (mybloglog springs to mind), and I don’t have a blogroll… although I do try to respond to comments, but then even that doesn’t always happen. I don’t know if these things are needed but I guess if I want to create more conversation then maybe a bigger community aspect would be worth considering.

Conclusion

If this was a report card it would be marked “could do better”, but really… do I care?

There seems to be a massive increase in blogs that talk about “how to blog better” and “how to get more readers”, but frankly Binary Moon was made as MY place on the web. It’s somewhere for ME to start conversations about the things that I am interested in, in the hope that others will want to continue the conversation. I write on Binary Moon because I enjoy it so do I really suck as a blogger? I think not.

I am currently thinking about the next iteration of Binary Moon and have some big plans for the site, however in the end it comes down to me wanting to make a website for myself. The traffic doesn’t matter (although it does feel good), this is not my job and I’m enjoying myself – so as far as I’m concerned I don’t suck at all.

Now I’ve written this I’m intrigued. Why do you, the person reading this, come to my website? What are you most interested in? Is there anything I could do to make you stick around a bit longer, and to convince you to tell your friends about my site?

47 thoughts on “3 Reasons why I suck as a blogger Leave a comment

  1. Hello! I had the same experience just a few months ago until I discovered mybloglog & myblogcatalog. I think one really has to put the effort to ‘socialise’ with fellow bloggers. When you visit blogs and leave comments, automatically the author will visit your site, and maybe if you’re lucky you’d get a reply as well… hehe. It never hurts to have a sense of humor also because it is that friendliness that will bring bloggers/visitors to your site like bees to honey. I find ‘serious blogs’ not very inviting:( Good luck!!

  2. Why did you need to convict me like this? Lately I really have been caring too much about Readers and stats. I need to switch my focus back to why I started blogging… because I like it.

  3. It does look like that you and I and quite a lot in common . these three Points seem to be embedded in me as well. But you certianly dont suck as a blogger.

    If someone is really interested in about making money from blogs from early stages .. they need a focus. However sometimes the diversity counts if the blogger has really engaging contents on other topics as well. If you can make a good read, you should go ahead a write about it .. and people will love it as they do now.

    However the thing you must do for me to keep coming back is NOT to do a revision. I guess your site is pretty good, and doing a revision may hurt the seo aspect. But obviously you are not me.

  4. I think the site is pretty good and i guess thats why i still visiting whenever i can.
    I think the problem about people not coming back again its because they just came to see one thing and all the rest has nothing to do with it so, they are not interested in anything else.

  5. Nessa – I agree. I am going to be looking at the social sites a bit more with my upcoming redesign. I’m also making an effort to try and participate out side of my own site.

    Nick – I didn’t mean to convict anyone :S The whole point was really that you should look at the reason you blog and base your criteria for success upon that rather than how much money you make and how many visitors you have.

    John – I don’t think updating the templates that make my site will have any effect on SEO, in fact the changes I have in mind should improve things (I hope). Could you clarify why you think updating may mes things up?

    Jerome – thanks, hopefully it will be even nicer soon πŸ™‚

    RaDy – thanks. I’m glad you like it.

  6. I visit because of your writing style and how it is personal.

    If you were to write more about design I’d visit more often and comment on more articles, but as you say, this is your personal space where you’re free to publish anything that takes your interest.

    You can keep your commenters coming back by making sure you reply to each comment, but that’s easier said than done.

  7. Nick – I know πŸ™‚

    David – I agree. Commenting more is definitely something I want to do. The problem is coming up with something worthwhile to say πŸ™‚

  8. Totally.

    Like I say, it’s not easy. I find myself visiting other blogs, wanting to contribute by leaving a comment, but sometimes not because I don’t want to think I’m just commenting to drive attention my way (on a ‘dofollow’ blog for instance).

  9. looks like there are a lot of us with this problem on the interweb. my site is the same way, not direct focus, i post when i feel compelled to. i have no outward linking(although i should). hell i even removed the search function from my site, and have yet to define a clear archive method. in the future i will try and be more social, because although my site is a place for me to run my mouth about things, i like to hear other people’s opinions, the more the better.

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  12. My first time here. Don’t worry most of us share the same reason, esp. the irregular posting bit:)

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  18. A good message. I don’t think you suck as a blogger. You might not be able to get consistent traffic if yo don’t do steps 1 through 3, but at least you can have fun. If you have fun with your blog and that is your goal, then you are doing just fine.

    PS. Really good post.

  19. Hello Ben,
    I’m back I know it’s been a long time since I last
    talked with you… Well after reading your last post.
    I have to say… I’ve been waiting a long time to see
    you show your users how to really make a game! πŸ™‚
    Even a simple 3d game.

    I think if you show a video or even just a step by step
    guide on your site following a game project, your working on we could all learn a lot! As you know I’m a huge fan of your Rocket boards and Limit Rush games. So to follow the steps in how to make them
    would be amazing! πŸ™‚

    – Richy / Biomech

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  22. I’ve always felt a bit intimidated by the ‘social’ blogging seen, especially with web designers frankly because firstly, I’m young, and secondly, I’m British. I only really read and comment on a few blogs (this being one of them πŸ˜€ ) and I can’t keep a consistent schedule anyway. I never seem to find anything worthy of a full blog post.

    Anyway, I come to this site because it’s always good a read and to be honest the fact you do post about such varied things is a breath of fresh air!

  23. Eric – you really need an archive πŸ™‚

    George – thanks. I would love to get more traffic, but that’s not the primary reason for Binary Moon.

    Richy – hows things? I haven’t made any games of my own in a long time. I suspect you’re the only person who remembers me from my DB days. The Limit Rush tute must have been written at least 5 years ago now – I’m afraid it’s unlikely that I will write more – and a video tute of a game being developed is not happening (watching someone code? booooring πŸ™‚ ). That said I have been considering writing a flash game development tutorial…

    Luke – Glad you like my content πŸ™‚ Also don’t let the fact that you’re a Brit get you down, I don’t think nationality should matter in the online world – I’m British and it hasn’t hurt me.

  24. You don’t “suck” as a blogger, BinaryMoon is great, everyone goes through patches. As someone else mentioned, forget about the stats etc and just blog because you love to blog.

  25. Video Games AND Web Design AND Films AND Harry Potter

    This pretty much sums up why I keep you in my aggregator. πŸ™‚

  26. I subscribe to your feed for the web design articles, and your site’s design is a great advertisement for that.

    My personal blog certainly suffers from the problems you mention. In an attempt to bring a little more focus to the table, I broke my blog into three sub-blogs using categories. This helps some, but even the resulting “sub-blogs” are not as focused as they should be.

    A personal blog will always suffer from focus problems to some extend. Unless you’re a scary-focssed person.

  27. That is the best thing I’ve read all day. My blog is a few weeks old, and reading what you wrote has given me some really great perspective. My blog has an identity crisis, one one hand I want it to be about me, as you said, my private space online, but on the other hand, I want it to be about my company, Advice Network. Thanks for the perspective.

  28. Sounds good Ben, πŸ™‚
    I think your right about me being the only person
    who remembers you from your DB days. πŸ™‚ I don’t
    remember there being a Limit Rush tutorial… I think
    I missed it… Think you can send the old Limit Rush tut
    to me??? I would love to see how you made that game.

    I have to say I loved that game. πŸ™‚ I still have it on my
    hard drive and play it from time to time. *Smiles*
    keep up the great work man!

    – Richy

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  30. I’m rather overwhelmed by the response of everyone here. I had guessed the post would get comments, but I never imagined it would get this many – thanks a lot everyone πŸ™‚

    SEO – noted.

    Jena – πŸ™‚

    Rourke – I guess that can be a good solution for some. I’m not convinced it would work here but I can appreciate why you’d want to do that. Nice idea.

    nbeyond, advice network – thanks

    Richy – The tutorial (and source code for DB classic) are on thegamecreators website – there’s a lot of them. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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  32. With a template like this, I’m surprised you wouldn’t want to post more! It looks great! But I totally understand that this is something you have to so for you. Don’t feel any pressure, well, unles your readers really want more. πŸ™‚

  33. Just write! because you enjoy it. For me I just do what I’m enjoy. Traffic? it will naturally come to you.

  34. The RSS feed of your blog is in my google reader, and when I see something interesting I tend to visit this site. You usually write about a lot of stuff I am interested in as well ;). If you enjoy writing about all this subjects you should just keep on doing that and not worry about whether someone else might be interested !

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  37. You’re writing because you enjoy writing. That’s one of the main reasons I love your Blog. So, my humble opinion is that you should stop worrying about traffic and all that.

    This isn’t your fulltime job. And it’s just a hobby, right? Then don’t even think of traffic.

    The site’s wonderful. Keep it up. You’re doing great!

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