You know your a geek when you watch Julie and Julia and at the end you just really want to see her actual blog. Granted I watched it a while ago and just barely got around to searching for it via swagbucks (I love swagbucks), but it was really interesting.
If you haven't watched the movie, its about an average woman who decides to cook through Julia Child's French Cooking cookbook, blogging about it the whole way and it changes her life. The blog turns into a book and a movie. Isn't that something? Can you imagine all that coming from just your little blog? Why was her's special, you wonder, and what's the difference with yours?
I think the biggest factor that gave Julie an edge was she set a crazy goal. Cooking through the whole cookbook in one year? Fans loved not only her writing but where anxious to see if she would actually make it. I think its the same with Stepanie's A Year of Slowcooking. Stephanie's blog turned into a book too. There's just something special about setting goals for yourself. We're not talking easy-peasy ones, these goals were challenging. Now, I'm not saying that if you set a challenging goal you're going to get published or made into a movie; I'm suggesting that goals are hugely successful tools for motivating yourself. It makes you more accountable than just a thought or an idea. If I found a blog that had an author with a challenging goal they were trying to meet, I think I would become a consistant reader too. I absolutely eat it up. I love people with goals, values, and standards. They're an inspiration to me, and you know you can count on the majority of them to hold true to themselves. To me, that's a big deal.
I think I began pondering this subject while I was working on a goal I could have for my other blog Living On Homemade. I have been so almost obsessed with the idea of becoming more self-sufficient that I just had to start a blog about it to share my experiences.
So I encourage you to perhaps set some goals you can share with your readers. It will give them a purpose to check in on you and will hopefully lead to returning readers.