Who Are You? – I Need Something Better Than “The Internet Ate My Homework!”

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Adventures are a lot more fun when you share them with your friends…….

I have felt the urge to write for a few years and dabbled a bit hear and there in journals and on my computer. I started writing about my past so my children could read it one day. But I never really took off. Then a little over a month ago I woke up one morning with a fully formed plan to get me through October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

My plan was to write about various breast cancer topics publicly using my river name (Trip) on Facebook. I think I lasted about 2 days before I realized FB was driving me nuts and I needed a blog. I launched this blog and slowly but surely added pages. My goal – to get what was swirling around in my head out onto the screen. I didn’t know if anyone would ever read it, but it made me feel better to get it out there.

Now I am taking a couple of blogging courses and I need help with my homework so I’m following my kids’ lead and asking the internet for help. My assignment today is to write about my target audience. The problem – I don’t really have one. I never thought about it. I’ve did my IRL friends know I am blogging, but very few read my posts. However a lot of people I don’t know have been reading. I’ve been getting hits from around the world and they aren’t all bots! So if you have a minute, could you tell me a little about yourself? Where are you from? How did you find my blog? Do you have a blog too? Any suggestions or comments?  I’d love to learn more about you!

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8 Responses to Who Are You? – I Need Something Better Than “The Internet Ate My Homework!”

  1. azmofo says:

    Hi again 🙂 I am a native Arizonan. I started blogging a little over one year ago with no real goal in mind. I have struggled to figure out how to create an audience, and also with the idea “Do I really even need an audience?” I am still trying to figure out what my intention is with my blogging/writing, and I am content (for now) with just developing my writing skills. I am also doing the Writing101 course and it’s my attempt to network and meet other bloggers. I found your post today in the Writing101 Reader. I really enjoy your voice and your story is inspiring and personal to me. I also have a blog but most of the time I feel like I don’t know what I am doing here. I write because, well, I just wrote about that a couple of days ago. LOL! It really frees me. I think I said enough. I hope it helps. The only suggestion that I have is to keep on writing! 🙂

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  2. I know what you mean, it’s all a bit random isn’t it? I found your blog through the Commons and it was one of the first ones I read as I scrolled down. I liked what you had written and so I clicked through. I liked what you had written so I read on! You asked me a question, so I replied! It’s only polite! I think I will use that on my blog too. Good luck with your blogging. I am a second time around. Blogged for a year about three years ago and gave up. This time I am going to take it steadily and learn all I can. Looking forward to staying in touch. Corinne

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  3. cgilde says:

    I’m certainly no expert about blogging, but for the most part the act of blogging on any topic has a built-in sense of audience, whether we realize it or not. I think, based on this post, that you may have a built-in audience already. There are clues: writing for your children, breast cancer awareness, adventures—all imply a ready-made audience. While without question audience is important, I don’t think it should in anyway limit what you finally decide to write about.
    Call and Response—https://cgilde.wordpress.com/

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    • Thanks! I’ve been surprised who is and is not reading. I think I am going to stick with the theory “if you build it, they will come…” and just write whatever pops into my head. It’s more fun that way!

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  4. Rechito says:

    Thank you for the follow! You don’t have to concentrate on one subject. My blog is 3 parts. travel, photography and introspective writing. I try to mesh them together and I’ve been able to get followers for all 3 genres. You can reach these different readers by your tags (writing, travel, photography). I’ve had a fun time blogging and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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  5. barbigelow says:

    I have no idea how I “tripped” on your blog, maybe the breast cancer connection. I blog because I am dying and want to leave the details of my life and thoughts to my 2 daughters– they are 24 and 26 so they will hav questions about me in 20 years when I am no longer around so they are my audience. Also to keep friends informed easily and to educate. I know nothing about blogging really. What surprises me? How much support I have received because of it. I love when people comment and connect with me. Keep writing, you will find your audience. I live just outside of Boston. The Cancer Chronicles barbigwire.com

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