It’s funny how things work out.
I started a blog about hillwalking. I then decided to include a bit of geocaching, mainly as something to “justify” some walks which were suspiciously flatter than normal. From there a couple of trips near home took me into a wee bit of local history and before I knew where I was, the blog was involved in a bit of trans-atlantic genealogy. “Where the Fatdog Walks” had a new tag to live up to…it had become multi-disciplinary.
I read somewhere when I started blogging that your blog should be focussed to maximise interest from a targeted audience. Well that worked out pretty much to plan didn’t it folks! I appear to have developed Tidal Blogging, with different readers rushing in, then out, depending on the subject content.
It certainly keeps me on my toes as I’ve no idea what subject I’ll have to respond to on any given day and more importantly…I have no idea who will turn up next! On the down side it’s fairly obvious that there’s a wee bit of a problem coming up providing enough decent content to keep all these plates spinning.
I’ve noticed the hillwalkers are slowly deserting the sinking ship as I’m cutting back on that particular front, mainly to save the back (front – back get it ? No? Neither did I. It just seemed a good idea at the time). The wildcampers/long distance walking brigade are no doubt huffed as I’ve banned any discussion about stoves on the blog…though some of the cheeky little monkeys still manage to sneak in a mention of them now and again. The next group destined to grumble will be the lightweight gear guys as I can’t be a***d carrying anything around with me these days no matter how light so I’ve no idea how to placate them.
The recent post on the “wee plastic tubs” will have the geocachers up in arms demanding I publish apologies in the National Press and preferably fall on my sword or any other sharp and pointy instrument… and on top of all that I tend to ease back on most activities during June/July anyway, as I’m told that other much more important things take precedence eg J’s birthday, hols etc.
Fortunately it’s looking like the local history buffs/trans-atlantic genealogists will keep things going without any input from me so it’s not all bad news I suppose.
So, five months into its existence, where do I see things going from here?
Logically there has to be a big question mark hanging over the blog. Looking at it dispassionately it doesn’t have a huge readership on any subject and as my core content, the serious hillwalking, is under threat from both the back and the resulting apathy, I’m not sure there will be sufficient “wild” adventures to justify the blog’s introductory blurb. Maybe a re-branding exercise is called for. That way we could have a grand re-opening with exotic dancers, virtual bubbly and canapés.
Which is a grand idea if only I had some feckin’ clue what I’m going to write about next!