Brother, Can You Spare a Comment?
I’ve been at this blog rather steadily for nine months. My goal is to produce four or five posts per week, and, except for weeks when I’m traveling, I’ve been able to keep that up consistently. The truth is, I really like it. Blogging is fun.
And I’m pleased with the results. Visits to the blog continue to grow at a steady pace, and subscriptions to our weekly e-mail update (which comes out on Wednesdays and contains links to the most recent posts) are consistently increasing. That’s a good sign. Of course, I’d love to see our readership grow faster, but I’ve done enough research on such things to know that slow and steady is to be expected.
Comments are pretty sparse, however, and I’d like to see that change. My vision for this blog involves not only providing a steady stream of interesting and informative articles about writing, grammar, teaching, and language, but also to create an “online community” where people ask questions and learn from one another. I’m thinking I haven’t done enough to encourage the second part.
I often wonder if people are reluctant to post comments on a writing/grammar blog because they are self-conscious about their writing ability or grammar skills. People are always telling me they worry about such things when they speak or write to me. I hate that. I don’t judge such things. The only people I like to pick on are the self-proclaimed grammar experts who arrogantly correct others while making their own faux pas. I don’t correct grammar in daily conversation (well, sometimes with my kids, I do), and I consider blog comments in the same category. Quit worrying; just type. Skip capitals and punctuation. Spell creatively. I don’t care. What you have to say matters more than how you say it. At least around here.
I have ideas for future posts — lots of ideas, really. But I would love suggestions from readers. Do you have something you’d like me to talk about here? Some struggle with writing? A homeschooling friend recently shared with me that her daughter has a hard time elaborating with descriptive writing. She gets out a sentence or two, and that’s it — the well runs dry. So, I’m working on a post to help with that issue. Any other ideas? Questions about grammar? Common expressions?
I’d also like to know what kinds of articles you appreciate most. I started doing some SAT vocabulary posts, but I found them kind of boring, so I quit. Should I do those again? Do you like the videos? More assignment ideas? Funny stuff? Do you care about etymology stuff (like the O.K. post)?
No pressure here — just an invitation. I love that people are reading here. Just know that I’m interested in hearing from you too!
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