I’m getting all pre-pubescent teenager up in this place and feeling a little insecure. I’ve been hitting this blogging thing hard for the last three months and want to make sure I’m doing things right. I’m really pleased with the sites overall growth, but even more pleased with the loyal readers and commenters that have chosen to drop by daily. Who better to ask for help than the ones I love so much, YOU?!
If you have been following me for the duration of my blogging career you know I have suffered a bit of an identity crisis. I originally started blogging with the domain OneChanceToLive.com, that sucker died quick and the birth of Punch Debt In The Face came nine months later. I have probably had 10 different headers on my site over the last four months, have changed my sidebars frequently, and am constantly tweaking other parts of my site (two days ago I updated my twitter icon with the three stars above its head).
I feel good about the overall look of my site. It is symmetrical, colorful, hopefully easy to read, and fits my personality. But, and there always is a but, I realize I am just one person and my opinion means very little. I am hoping I can engage with my fellow bloggers, readers, and stalkers, and get ideas on how to improve my blog even further. I’m a huge believer in continually seeking growth and do not want to become stagnant. I’m asking, no wait, I’m begging you to drop me a line and give a little insight as to what you like about the blog and what you think could use some changes.
I’ll be my first critic and say some of the things I am not totally happy with.
My blogroll. I need to take 20 minutes out of my day and include all the blogs that I actually read. I have barely updated the thing and there are quite a few new blogs that I love and want to pay respect to. Shoot half of my traffic comes from other websites blogrolls, so I need to return the love. Drop me a line and I’ll add ya in today (assuming your website doesn’t suck).
My content. I’m still in a juggling act on figuring out how big of a finance dork I want to be. I have been trying to keep my posts simple, personal, and informative. I don’t, however, always divulge the nitty gritty on how to go about doing things. For example, I have blogged many times about my Roth IRA, but I have never really explained how one can go about setting one up and what all the restrictions and rules are with them. I have avoided the intricacies because there are plenty of other blogs that explain the stuff I leave out. I guess I try and light the fire, but want the reader to fuel their flame. Sometimes I wonder though, if I used big financial words and talked about more complex issues, would I see more traffic?
My ambiguity. I chose to blog anonymously for one reason. I am a government employee. I don’t think I would have a problem identifying myself if I worked in a different field, but Uncle Sam scares me so I never want to do anything to upset him. This is mainly why you will rarely, if ever, see me blog about quasi-political issues. I do have my opinions, but don’t feel comfortable sharing them as government employee. My ambiguity sometimes prevents me from being able to lay it all out there and tell ya how I really feel.
Well there ya have it, these are some of the areas that I want to work on and improve over the life of this blog. (Now is the part where I resume begging you for any and all input you have.) If you hate the banner let me know, if you think my colors are fugly, my content is unreadable, or just have any other insight let me know. Don’t be shy I got some thick skin. Heck you can even comment as an “anonymous” individual so I wont know who said what 🙂
Thanks mi amigos,