I happen to believe I’m one of the smartest Addis-born, government school-educated, lived-most-of-her-adult-life-here Ethiopian bloggers online. Well, maybe not the smartest but smarter (or more mature?) than most. Still, I don’t seem to get as much blog traffic as most of my fellow smart, addis-born, government school-educated, lived-here-most-of-their-lives guys seem to (they all happen to be guys, for some reason).
So I decided to go around asking what they felt would help before attempting to make this a gender issue. Some suggested that I stick to topical/political stuff or try watering down the “e-Shoe” of my “e-Shoe box”. Others observed posting my photo may prove helpful. “You can’t believe the hits I am getting”, one young man confided, “is encouraging me to turn my blog into a source of income”. Still others recommended that I should find out what readers “like to read” and blog about that, which made me want to throw my arms and give up. Less complicated than getting a dick, true, but not easy for a person who would rather zip it than blabber herself into oblivion if got nothing to say. Have a feeling I would have made ZerayaQob very proud, a man whose blog would have been visited round the clock, were he alive.
We all blog to meet one need. The reason for those needs may vary as much as our style of writing does. In the end, though, we have one thing in common: we all want to be read. Which is why I’m gonne ask you, my most valuable visitor, lamp to my feet and light to my path, the rod and staff that comforts me, etcetra, what you think I should blog about. What you would change about my blog, if you can. And why.