J.K. Riki

What Do I Want This Site to Be?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been considering what to do with the future of JKRiki.com as a whole. Originally I had intended just to keep my weekly blog thing going, and also have it be a waypoint for The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp, the book I wrote a few years ago. (Wow, has it really been a few years already?)

I’m not short on knowledge as to what it takes to “build an audience” should I so desire. It’s well documented online. Strategies, good and bad, overwhelm anyone who goes looking, and I’m exhausted by the whole thing at this point. I’m not really interested in putting in the fake, forced work it takes to “build an audience.” If that means few people read the blog, so be it. If it means no book sales, that’s nothing new. I’d just rather do things more meaningful than create free eBooks to bribe people to sign up for a newsletter and create Revenue Funnels and the like. It can be done, it works well, I just have no interest in it.

So that leaves me writing (sometimes without much passion) on a weekly basis for perhaps a few individuals who stop by, if anyone even does. I don’t bother looking at visitor data, because I don’t care about the numbers. If I was doing this for “the numbers” I would spout the same tired emptiness that blog after blog is saying just to get hits. Why? I don’t see the point anymore.

That isn’t to say I just want to throw my hands up and quit it all. I’d like to find a happy medium between the two, I just haven’t quite figured out what that looks like yet. I have been enjoying doing art, so maybe my goal should change from weekly word posts to weekly illustrations? I’m not sure.

If you have any thoughts or directions on future ideas for the site, let me know, would you? In the meantime I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and see how things go.

2 Comments

  1. Adam

    I don’t often feel qualified to offer advice, but in this case, I happen to be something of an expert on aimless, tired, reluctant blogging, so maybe I can offer some thoughts!

    If you no longer feel much passion for writing posts, and if building an audience or generating revenue isn’t your purpose for this blog, a change of direction is probably a good idea. After all, if a blog is good neither for work nor for fun, where is its value? Reluctant blogging not only wears out the blogger—believe me, I know—but typically leads to inferior blog posts. Halfhearted writing is generally worse than wholehearted writing. If your creation vision or passion has changed, this may be a good time for the blog to change, too.

    I ended my own blog because (among other reasons) I no longer felt much passion for it. What I felt, and still feel, is a renewed passion for another creative project: the Lance Eliot story. I’m proud of my blog, but it definitely became a burden, and I’m glad I finished it. I needed a change. It was time for something new.

    Personally, I would love to see weekly illustrations. If you feel that you’re currently finding enjoyment and fulfillment in creating art, maybe the creation of art is good place to focus your time and effort!

    These are my thoughts; I hope they help. Godspeed!

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    1. JK Riki (Post author)

      Yeah, but see you’re one of my problems! I MISS YOUR BLOG EVERY DAY! Lol. But I’m glad you’re content with resolving it. Maybe the weekly illustration thing is what I should try out on a few-month basis? See how it goes? Wouldn’t hurt my art skills, that for sure, and it isn’t like I have a big audience to “lose” by changing formats, ha ha. Thanks, that helps a lot!

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