5.16.2013

Wait a minute! If I have a fishing blog then why aren't my stories......

...the most popular posts on my page?!



You fish every chance you can, take pictures to capture the "moments" of the day, do your best to provide a narrative that paints a picture.....

Logic would tell you that all of that hard work would mean that readers from all over the world want to share in your experiences, right?

Maybe; maybe not

Despite the fact that your blog is all about fishing, the posts that often have the most views aren't always your stories. For instance, I have many many fishing stories on this blog but my top 3 posts of all time (in terms of pageviews) are not those. This is clearly a fishing blog so you might be surprised that the top three posts of all time are a review on Maui Jim Sunglasses, St. Croix fly rod/reel review, and the removal of the Hoffman Dam - I know that I was.

So what gives? Why spend all the time on fishing reports/stories when they aren't even the most popular posts?

Here is why I continue to do it though your reasons might be different.

1. I enjoy fishing
2. I like taking pictures of the world that is around me. What I see all the time may be different than what others get to see. Remember that as routine as your world is to you, it is different than what is routine to others - insert the old "the grass is always greener on the other side" mantra.
3. I enjoy writing the stories.

So with that list, one might wonder why even bother with the gear reviews and non-fishing related stories then?

For me it's simple...I have used this stuff and others may not have had a chance to. They could be on the fence about going for one piece of equipment versus another. I know that I have found a ton of gear reviews on other blogs to be quite useful in making a choice about one thing vs another so I feel that I should pay it forward by providing reviews for the stuff that I use. It might help someone else who is just like me.

In terms of non-gear related posts like the Hoffman Dam removal, I find some things quite interesting and I enjoy documenting them. It appears as if others happen to be intrigued by the same things that I am - whudathunkit? Plus, the removal of that dam is definitely fishing related.

What I have learned from all of this is that a successful blog (and I use that term loosely) is a well rounded blog that still has a clear focus. I generally keep everything related to fishing and the outdoors. A post about the new carpet I have in my house just wouldn't really relate to what this blog is about and therefor wouldn't make sense. So if you are just starting out as blogger or have been going for a while and want to increase traffic and comments, focus on one central theme and if a post can't be reasonably tied to that, then don't put it up - perhaps a separate blog would be a better option.


14 comments:

  1. Nick, good straight forward thinking here. I like it! Other than be interesting to know which posts are the most popular on any particular blog, I agree that a well rounded blog focuses on a general topic. I come to your blog often to read the fishing stuff you write. Anything else I glean from your blog is my gain.

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    1. Thanks, Mel.

      Straight forward thinking seems to be some of the most overlooked ways to process stuff.

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  2. Well put together. My most popular posts are the most tedious ones to write: discussions of legal conservation issues, gun control issues, and GEAR REVIEWS. Apparently no one really cares that I had such a good time fishing the other night that I lost count of how many bass I caught. But I think it's neat, so I'm still gonna write the story :) Carry on!!!!

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    1. Funny how it works, isn't it. Whats interesting is that its not even just a page views thing; it's also comments.

      I think that those types of posts allow readers to actually voice their opinion more easily than a "hey look at the fish I caught" post.

      Perhaps the fish catching posts are more of a qualifier that you can actually catch fish so perhaps your views might carry more weight.

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  3. My number one is how to Smoke a bacon wrapped Venision Roast. People must like pictures of my meat.

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    1. Well that just sounds tasty! I can only imagine some of the google search terms that brought people to that post

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  4. Nick I enjoy your posts and I like a little of everything. Sometimes it's fun to change things up a little bit. Your followers will let you know whether you hit a homerun or stuck out. At least mine do all the time.

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    1. Thanks, Howard! It's definitely easy to tell what's bombed and what hasn't. When I hear crickets...well you know

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  5. Hi Nick,
    Can you still be contacted through brookfieldangler@gmail.com?

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  6. Thanks! I an sending you an email now

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  7. Good sound advice when it comes to blogging--I agree don't stray too far away from your central theme, and that is for me fly fishing. Although as you stated some post get more attention than the fishing stories sometimes and in my case it was Western movies--go figure???--thanks for sharing

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    1. That sorta makes sense....still a big part of the population who grew up on those things

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