Friday, February 22, 2013
Questions for My Readers (and a Few Ideas)
Apparently, I'm making my audience happy somehow, there's been over 1,400 people reading the blog this week, but I want to know what exactly I should be doing in the future.
I want to know what kind of posts you as a reader prefer. What is your favorite series on the blog? Exposing the IFB ? Exposing Extremism ? Undercover Agnostic ? Or would you rather see more non-religion related posts like my post on catfish and St. Louis area culture? Am I keeping a good balance of religion vs non-religion related posts? Do you want to see more guest posts and/or Q and A interviews?
I really want to know what works when it comes to promoting the blog too. How did you find the blog? Was it through my Google + page? Was it because of a guest post that I wrote for another blog? Did someone share one of my posts on Facebook or Twitter?
Did I find you instead? I wonder if some of the bloggers that have become fans of this blog have come here because I found them first, and started commenting on their blog.
I just want to know what works. Though I started this blog as a way to just vent whatever came to mind, and help to move on from my past, ( I never expected anyone would really read it), I feel many times an obligation to my readers. Though I still use the blog to vent sometimes, I feel like I don't want to write what the readers don't want to read.
I want to know what keeps readers coming back for more of my writing.
I also have a few ideas for the blog, and for guest posts. I'll continue to have more great guest posts if I can manage to get some more talented bloggers to write for the blog. Of course, I'm always looking for guest posts from fellow atheist bloggers, but I'm looking for more great blogs, and bloggers to write guest posts for. If you know any great bloggers that you are a fan of that fit any of the following descriptions (and I haven't mentioned them on the blog or had them as guest posters), let me know, I'll read their blogs, and contact them about guest posts, if I like their writing.
Here's what I'm looking for:
Bloggers who are former fundamentalist (as always), but I'm especially interested in people who have left cults like the IFB, Sovereign Grace Ministries, or even more mainstream fundamentalist groups like the Southern Baptist denomination, but are now liberal/moderate Christians. I sincerely want to know what would lead someone to give up fundamentalism, but still remain in Christianity. It's something that very much baffles me. I'm looking for people who are in much the same situation as Lana of My Musing Corner (read my interview with her here).
Bloggers who are former fundamentalists, and also LGBT. I'm looking for people who can tell me first hand what that is like, the struggles of that life. For an example, I had a guest post several weeks ago (from someone who wishes to remain anonymous) about how he was disowned by his family, and was shot and stabbed by 3 people, one of whom was his own cousin, because he was gay.
I also want to hear the stories of people who grew up in extreme religious households that were not Christian. I'm looking for former Mormons, Scientologists, Muslims, etc.
I'm also looking for people's experiences that have nothing to do with religion. One particular interest is blogs that talk about autism and mental illness, both from the perspective of those who live with it, and those who are caregivers (relatives, spouses/lovers of people with mental illness). I currently have the blog Thinking Person's Guide to Autism in the blogroll to your right here in the homepage, it's a great blog, but I'm looking for more blogs along this theme.
If you have any tips as to blogs in any of these categories, let me know in comments, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would appreciate the help.