I have a lot of hopes and dreams for this website. I’m hoping to use it to become a professional writer, whether that is as a blogger or a journalist. Yes, I’ve written a lot, but it’s all been for free. I don’t think you can call yourself a professional writer until you get paid once. When you look at all my link sections, even though I’ve been published a lot – and in one case, even have an article that has circulated nationally for the past 10 years – I haven’t gotten paid for any of it.
It’s not the end all be all if I don’t get paid for writing – I enjoy writing, and I especially enjoy writing things that I think may help someone else feel better about themselves, or give them a smile, or makes them feel understood. My imaginary audience is people who feel emotional distress, are hurting because of relationships, or life events, or are having difficulties with mental illness, or feeling misunderstood or all alone. I write because I feel empathy for those who are suffering, and this is the best way that I can see that I can give back to my community.
I’m reading things about website optimization, SEO, professional blogging advice, etc, all the time, but the one thing I haven’t figured out how to do is to get readers. Maybe my content isn’t that interesting? I don’t know, but I’d love to hear some advice.
Here are some questions I have for my readers:
Do you have any thoughts on the new website? Things you like, don’t like, would like to see?
Is everything working ok on it? It looks good on my side, but different computers will show different things!
Does it look professional enough, while still being a reflection of me?
What do you think of the things I write about? Should I take me out more, or add me in more? Should I add more humor, or keep it kinda serious? What do you think people would be interested in reading?
Does anyone care about the things I write about?
How is my writing? Do I need to concentrate more on grammar or sentence structure? Or is it too formal?
Do I need to add more pictures?
Those who know me, know that I am a good listener. Please consider letting me know your thoughts. If you don’t feel comfortable posting them here, please go to my Contact page and send me an e-mail.
You guys are so freakin’ awesome!