An open letter to history nerds and politics fans:

So here’s the big question: How can I make my blog make you smile?

“Ask not what your readers can do for you, ask what you can do for your readers.”

– JFK, probably

Wise people have said that blogging is about building community. After much soul-searching, I realize that if I want to share a community with any group of people, it’s you. I also realize that if anyone’s going to passionate about my silly blog, it’s probably also you. That means that I want my posts to appeal to you, and I want to look credible in your eyes.

So here’s the big question: How can I make my blog a blog worth following?

Every “blogging crash course” in the world says you gotta know your ideal reader and how to make that person happen. Well, I’ve never been good with people. That’s why I’m asking you for help. This is a two-fold kind of question. I don’t just want to know what kind if content you like seeing, I also want to get to know you. See, it won’t cut it anymore to just write funny stories; there’s gotta be something deeper. I want to understand your wants, needs, ideals, and dreams.

Now, here are the smaller questions:

  • Which social media hubs do you like hanging out on?
  • What political (or otherwise) issues do you care about most?
  • How much do you know or care about politics/history?
  • What’s your #1 source of news?
  • Which countries you find the coolest?
  • What are some of your favorite blogs?
  • What are your deep, dark fetishes?
  • I’m kidding please don’t answer that one

If you follow me, this helps me make content you’ll love. If you don’t follow me, this helps me make content you might one day love. So please take some time to think about this and share your thoughts in the comment section.

You’re also free to holler at me on Twitter if 140 character limits are your thing.

Thanks a bunch.

Author: Allison Black

Allison is an international relations major who likes exploring politics through fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys video games, graphic design, and crying.

13 thoughts on “An open letter to history nerds and politics fans:”

  1. Making points in a dry, sensible way = dullsville. Making points in a funny story = the bestest thing in the universe. Therefore it follows that there may be nothing as deep as a pointed funny story. Stay funny.
    I think the comic potential of the UK (and its consituent parts) is immense. Essentially a bunch of mal-adjusted schizophrenic nutcases that oscillate between being some of the most broad-minded, liberal places on earth and at the same time myopic throwbacks with delusions of either grandeur or repression (depending on which bit you’re talking to and the mood they’re in).


  2. I can’t answer all your questions but … history was deadly boring in school, but those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it … I always wanted to understand the human side, why people (who made decisions for countries) did what they did (seriously, why did they do that!) Your blog posts offer some rationale that makes history more understandable. I could suggest that you enlarge your cast to more countries, since we are more and more citizens of the world, but that could be more than a full time job. So l’ll just say – Keep up the good work!


      1. I have become more interested in communist countries since visiting Kerala (communist state inside India), Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba, and since becoming aware of how these countries (along with North Korea, China, Russia, and Venezuela) simultaneously exploit and support each other as communism fails. You do regularly include the interactions of the iconic communist (ignoring self-classification) countries. I see the irony of socialism/communism reinventing itself by introducing private enterprise (while remaining socialist/communist), perhaps in response to its uncontrollable black markets. On the other hand, some of these countries might not appreciate a candid discussion of their failures, so you might not want to be too candid.


      2. Sounds like we’re on the same page. Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba are all countries I’ve been wanting to include more. Communist “solidarity” is an issue especially interesting to me. I haven’t researched it a lot yet, but it seems like all these guys have a love-hate relationship with each other. They’re like one big effed up family, I guess. While they may be rife with failures, they’re wholly passionate about fighting for their cause. I’d like to explore both sides some day.

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  3. I suspect that some leaders of these communist/socialist countries (not unlike some leaders of extremely religious states) are more passionate about their own power and wealth than they are about the welfare of their citizen-followers, even as they declare that they are only following the wishes of their citizens (or god). (It’s for your own good.) But that’s not a new development in the world.


    1. That’s a good point. There’s really this stark dichotomy found in in dictatorships or authoritarian regimes (especially the ones we’ve been mentioning here, though the DPRK is the only one I can speak of with confidence) where the elite are so self-serving while the civilians are so self-sacrificing. The people suffer for the mistakes of their state, but at the same time they’re convinced that struggle is a necessary evil (or good, depending). It’s not a healthy system, for sure.

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      1. Yes, you understand the mental dilemma I have been experiencing as we have been visiting these more complicated societies in the last few years. It was all simpler when the countries and theologies were abstract. I tried to tap-dance around reality with the post at (shameless self-promotion here), but real solutions are just so difficult, if not impossible! Perhaps you can provide the needed insight with your posts. I always learn something from your posts, and I especially appreciate the footnotes that show the basis for your dialogues.


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