August 31st, 2005
Blog Changes

I had lunch with a friend today. We talked about blogging, writing, and life. It was very nice and reminded me again that I need to get out more often. ;-P I recently read a Romance Writer’s Report article on blogging. In it, they mention various blog topics. The one thing that stood out to me was alienating readers due to your subject matter.

I’ve never considered this before (beyond politics and religion), but I believe it’s certainly worth addressing. It definitely concerns me. I’m not sure how many readers lurk on my blog. (This may be your time to step forward and make your voice heard.;) I do my best to make the entries inclusionary. I know I don’t always succeed because I recently had someone mention that they are occasionally intimidated when it comes to posting a comment on my blog.

This not only shocks me, it worries me. The last thing I want is for anyone to feel uncomfortable when visiting my blog/site. I know you can’t please everyone and I’m not out to, but I do want to foster a welcoming site.

With that in mind, I need your help. If you’ve lurked in the past for whatever reason, what topic/approach/changes in my blog would make you feel more welcome or want to participate? Is there a particular subject that would bring you out of hiding? Now’s your chance to let me know. I’m ALL ears.

On a separate note, Larissa Ione (a fellow blogger) has lost everything to hurricane Katrina. Alison Kent and her other critique partners are asking for help. They are currently putting together an auction to aid Larissa. You can go to Alison’s site to get more details. For what it’s worth, I’ve volunteered to do a critique. So, if you’d like to help or are interested in bidding on the critique, go to Alison’s site for details. Thanks!

46 comments to “Blog Changes”

  1. Well, Jordan, I don’t write or read what you do–I write Christian romance. But one day I found myself here at your blog through a variety of links–and liked what you said and how you said it. I think you deliver your messages with a lot of class and I have continued to stop by– so I think you should consider your blog “inviting.”

  2. Robin, Thank you! I must say I was surprised the first time I tracked you back to your site. 😉 I’m really glad you feel welcome here. It’s important me.

  3. Jordan IS classy, but we already knew this 😉

  4. Cece, Thank you! I owe you a dollar. 😉

  5. I have issues with people who flaunt their ignorance. We’ve all been to blogs like that I’m sure 😉 They’re good for entertainment value I suppose, but little else. I visit here regularly. You have nothing to worry about in the being “exclusionary” department. That’s the last thing I’d label your blog as 🙂

  6. Jordan,
    I actually don’t remember how I came across your blog. I started posting frequently to my own blog, then started blog hopping and bookmarked the blogs that interested me the most. Yours was one. Being a new writer, I’m most interested in blogs of other writers, as I’m probaly looking for people I can relate to and who can relate to me (because my friends and family sure can’t. LOL). I stick to my own writing experience on my blog, but I also have bookmarked some bloggers that are not related to writing.

    I enjoy dropping by and posting to your topics when I can. I have found your subject matter to be enjoyable.

  7. I check your blog every day. It’s part of my rounds. 🙂 I think you’re terrific………………………………………………………………………….

  8. Well, I *always* feel welcomed and comfortable reading your blog, Jordan! You’re one of my daily fixes!

  9. I think that no matter what you blog about most people just aren’t going to post but every once in a blue moon. I’ve noticed that with my own. The stats on my blog which record number of IP addresses per day don’t even remotely tally up with posts per entry. But then I’m not a big poster myself either so I can’t complain 😛

  10. Gosh, Jordan, I’ve never felt intimidated by you:-). You have a nice, friendly blog and I always like stopping by. Can’t imagine why anyone would think otherwise.

    I try to avoid talking politics and other polarizing subjects on my blog, too. Many blogs thrive on controversy, and that’s fine, but if you’re an author, your blog is basically there to connect you with readers, so it’s not wise to bring up subjects that will annoy fifty percent of your readers!

  11. Jordan, I’ve never felt like you’ve excluded anyone. Maybe it’s not about you when someone feels intimidated? I don’t know.

  12. Jordan, I’ve certainly never felt intimidated from commenting on your blog!

    Re the RWR article on blogging, I wasn’t very impressed with it, and I think a lot of that has to do with it not being written by a person who HAS a blog, LOL. I thought it left out a lot of good information about blogging and focused on “dangers” of blogging and reasons to NOT blog. Which is often the perspective of people who don’t blog and don’t understand blogging, so not surprising. Still, I was shocked that they printed an article on blogging by someone who doesn’t blog when there are so many authors in RWA who DO blog and could have written a more insightful piece from an insider’s perspective on blogging rather than an outsider’s perspective.

  13. Good point, Suzanne, and I think you should rectify that immediate with a “pro blogging” article!

    Jordan, your blog is very friendly and inviting, which is why I mouth off here so often! I know I don’t comment on every blog, and that’s a time factor. If I commented everywhere I regularly visit (or even every time I visit) I would get nothing else done.

  14. Intimidating? Hardly, Jordan. On the contrary, as a writer Ive found your blog to be interesting, informative, and a very comfortable place to be. Youve been open and honest and generous in sharing your questions, views, ideas, hopes, dreams and impassioned rants with visitors to your blog. It takes a fair amount of courage to let others read about our insecurities and I think thats what first hooked me on your blogthe fact that I could really relate. Here was a woman expressing her feelings and emotions and truly connecting with other writers whove experienced similar thoughts. And, as busy as you are with deadlines and life in general, you always take the time to answer comments with warm, genuine responses. Why that would make anyone feel uncomfortable is beyond me. 🙂

  15. I have no idea where “intimidating” might have come from. I’m guilty of not always commenting though. *sheepish*

  16. Jordan, I think your blog is very inviting and welcoming to anyone who comes by. I agree with the comments above about the writing coming from a non blogging background. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, how some writers blog solely to get their name out, but don’t really like blogging. And I think in their posts, you can really tell. They’re doing it because everyone else does it, not because they love it. My point in saying this is that you come across as a person who isn’t just out there to get your name out, but because you enjoy blogging. Which is why I think your blog is so enjoyable to read.

  17. I’m only here to repeat what everyone else has said. Your blog was one of the first that became a ‘daily’ check for me. 🙂

  18. The only explanation I have is that some people feel overwhelmed posting on the blog of a PUBLISHED author, and maybe even one whose books they love.

    It certainly isn’t any fault of your blog. I don’t remember through which labyrinth of links – are we procrastinating again? *grin* – I found your blog, but I like it so much I added it to my blogroll. You care about the people commenting, you ask for input, I think that’s great. I feel welcome here.

  19. I’ve been told about the “intimidation factor” by many readers who e-mail me rather than comment on my blog. They say that they are not comfortable with being “published” on an author’s website.

  20. Thanks Sharon.

  21. LOL Cherlyn! I feel pretty ‘alien’ myself at times. 😉

  22. Thanks, Jo! Right back at you. 😀

  23. Thank you, Wendy! Cheers!

  24. Jaid, I agree. I think on any given site that about 95% of the people visiting remain silent. I just don’t want the readers to feel too intimidated by the entries or the comments.

  25. Ellen, I try not to intimidate anyone. I also attempt not to be too controversial…at least not online. 😉

  26. Trace, I agree. I still worry that it’s happening. :-/

  27. Suzanne, Good point. 🙂

  28. Charlene, I’m glad to have you mouthing off here. (wg) You’re welcome to do so anytime.

  29. Thank you, Daisy. You expressed that as eloquently as you blog. 🙂

  30. Joely, I don’t comment all the time either on other blogs. You just can’t comment everyday. There aren’t enough hours.

  31. Thanks Danica! That’s an interesting observation. I do enjoy blogging. It’s how I choose to connect with other writers and with the readers. I’m just worried that I haven’t given the readers enough to want to come back to my blog. :-/

  32. Thanks, Jaq! I check yours too. 😉

  33. Thanks Gabriele, that’s nice to know.

  34. Sylvia, That’s what I’m talking about. Heck, I UNDERSTAND how they feel. I remember the first time I went to Jo’s, Jaid’s, PBW’s, Jill’s, Alison’s, and Suzanne’s sites. I was SO intimidated that I ‘almost’ didn’t post anything. Then when I did, I kicked myself for not using spell check. LOL!

    I’m still a little intimidated by these wonderful women. It’s kind of like being a freshman in a room full of seniors (and no, I’m not talking about age here ;). It takes a while to work up courage to say, “Hi.”

  35. I came across your blog and I read it because I like the wide variety of subject lines. I have never read one of your books but find your journaling interesting and not just out to impress readers.

  36. Thanks Terra! I’m glad you decided to stop by and stay awhile. 🙂 Goodness knows I’d be in trouble if I set out to impress anyone. *ggg*

  37. I’m a little late offering my comment on this post, but wanted to say that I’ve only started blogging and visiting your blog for a short time (thanks to your workshop on blogging), and I’ve felt welcome right from the get go. You take the time to personally respond to each person’s post. . . and you can get an awful lot of posts!!!

    I also wanted to mention that I may be a writer, but I’m also a reader and have discovered some great authors through blog hopping that I wouldn’t otherwise. Good chance that if I enjoy their “blog” voice, I’ll probably like their writer voice as well and pick up their book.

    Funny, when I first started blogging, I felt more comfortable commenting on published authors blogs. They usually had 20 to 30 other comments per day and mine would just blend right in! But some other blogs I read and enjoy might have fewer comments and seem more private, those are the ones harder to post first comments.

    Okay, there I go again. Babbling. Will shut up and go to bed!

  38. I love your blog Jordan. My bloghopping has dropped dramatically, but I always stop by yours because you have this..”homey” feeling. I would never feel that I was a flake or a failure when I post to your blog or you drop by mine. Thank YOU!

  39. Hi Jordon,
    I come from Kuwait and I’m a big fan of yours i enjoy reading your blog daily and this is my first time writing a comment 🙂 The only reason why i don’t comment here or else where because some people attack me personally when they know I’m an Arab. I just want you to know that i love reading your books and you’re a very talented writer, it’s been an honor, sorry if my English is not that good, peace to all.

  40. I’m Sorry i spelled your name wrong i meant to write Jordan

  41. Peggy, I’m so with you here. Blog hopping is a fun way to discover new writers. And not only by reading writers’ blogs, but also by recommendations from other bloggers. My TBR pile and my Amazon wishlist look scary since I blog. 🙂

    Reema, you can be sure to be welcome among the regular commentors to Jordan’s blog. Should a troll creep in and offend you, I’m sure Jordan will kick it out. Hard. 🙂

    Isn’t blogging a great way to meet people all over the world? I’m from Germany, btw.

  42. Peggy, Very interesting points. I never thought about the traffic flow tying into the feel of intimacy. Thank you! I’ll definitely consider that take on things. 🙂

  43. Thanks Sienna! I’m glad the homey feel comes across the blog. To be honest, when you’re so close to something, it’s difficult to tell.

  44. Reema, Your English is fine and certainly a whole lot better than my Arabic. 😉 (I’m trying to learn Arabic by using tapes. It’s VERY hard.) I’m glad you came out of lurk mode to drop me a note. (Don’t worry about the misspelling of my name. It happens all the time. I try to remind people it’s spelled just like the country. :0)

    I’m glad to hear you enjoy my books. Makes my day. Rest assured you are always safe here when it comes to posting. I have a very international extended family that includes Scotland, England, Australia, Germany, and the Philippines. If anyone even thinks about laying into you due to your nationality, I WILL rip them a new one. I have zero tolerance for hatred. If they want to show their ignorance, they can take it somewhere else.

    So don’t be such a stranger in the future. 😀

  45. Thank you Jordan and Gabriele for your kind words it really means a lot to me. Jordan if you need any help in Arabic please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  46. Thanks Reema! The pronunciation is my downfall. 🙂