Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Small Blog, Big Idea?

Mayberry Mom has a Room of Your Own idea for Blogher 2010.

Here is the synopsis: Make your blog work for you, no matter how big or small your audience or reach. Size doesn't have to matter as long as you are getting what you want and need from your blog (which will be different for everyone). We'll also touch on how to grow, sanely, if in fact that's important to you. For new bloggers, and for veteran bloggers who fear they've reached a plateau.
This is an issue that really interests me. I have been blogging for 4 years and have a small (but wonderful) group of readers. For the most part this is just right for me, but once in a while (say, when those "best of" lists come out) my smallness stings a little. I am interested in hearing what others think about having a "small blog", whether it is a joy, a temporary situation, or something else.
No matter what your take on small blogs, please vote for the inclusion of this session in the Blogher '10 program. Go here to comment or vote (or both)!   (you have to be logged in to Blogher to comment or vote)


  1. I think we've been blogging for the same amount of time now, and for the most part I'm OK with the size of the readers. I really started it all to catalog instances of parenthood.

  2. We exchanged a couple of comments on this recently and I think the key point is not that size matters but that your blog is doing for you what you intend it to. Mine is as much for me as it is for others. Someone else may have a very different objective. Either way, the important thing is to stay true to what it means for you. Not what the world at large measures.

  3. Here's a way to think about it: when you consider the number of people in the world, pretty much all our blogs are small blogs, even the ones you might be thinking are large. I think BlogHer has this way of creating sorority situations that skew what matters and is meaningful. Everyone wants to count, and so I think we invent ways to feel like we count more than someone else. You know?

    Here's my position: blogging is stupid. And yet I still do it. So. Obviously my opinion = grain of salt.

  4. Thank you for posting this, Nora! I really hope BlogHer will accept the session. If not, let's just commandeer some couches in the lobby and make that Our Room.

  5. I'm at 4.5 years blogging and I never want to go big. The nice thing about a small space is making real connections with people. Having met so many of my blogging friends, I feel more comfortable calling them friends now.

  6. I gave up my blog because it was not getting bigger. I hemmed and hawed about this decision for a long time. After all, I write mostly because I like to write, not because I like to hear what others say about what I write. but occasionally, or maybe more lately, I am more interested in dialog than monologue. I realized my blog was an just as much of an attempt at connecting to others as to myself, and I couldn't make that connection.

    Maybe I'll try again another time.