TargetedAudience is worth considering in relationship to this wiki project. One of the pages on MeatballWiki mentioned that a lot of the Googlers visiting the site just came in and left as quickly as they arrived. Sunir went as far as to say that maybe the random Google visitors were not meant to be part of TheCommunity on Meatball.

So, who is our TargetedAudience for the WritingTheWikiProject:

Our TargetedAudience is developed when we're trying to figure out who we're trying to serve and what we're trying to accomplish. An outline is developed in our minds and we go from there. Googlers go crazy looking for ideas and thoughts by other persons. In our minds we may have a certain targeted audience, but it opens up after it's Googled and we have no idea who our specific audience is until we see a pattern. People peek at what we do and leave. Others take the time to actually have a little interest and add insight to what we do. Those comments are the ones we truely cherish because they build the character of our program. There are those, who surf specifically to start trouble to meet their own needs. It depends what were looking to achieve as a community or individual when we participate.

But the first thing to do is decide who are you communicating to? It's that audience you want to talk to. Whomever you wish to view what you have to say is your target audience. Websites are not just a one-way channel to mega-blast thoughts at blog-crazed individuals. There's nothing about the Web that makes people suddenly lose their critical thoughts. Websites have special hoops to jump through in order to attract and convince visitors to do anything you want them to do. There is nothing "captive" about Web surfers. They always have the choice to leave.

A good presentation is necessary to find the right audience. Some bloggers and Internet people just want to concentrate on looks and not content. The bottom line is trying to market oneself and your work. It's like selling advettising. If you can't draw an audience to your blog or wiki, you're not going to be able to sell them on your ideas.


"The connection between TargetedAudience and selling one's self always strikes me as reductive of the writer and insulting to the audience. The target market conception of audience places the written work (and the work of writing) in the $$ marketplace - a tiny corner of the textual world. It helps writers choose what to write about and how, but it borders on pandering. Writing on a wiki might benefit a different conception of audience."


Can audience be categorized in a pattern? Would you want your audience to be in a pattern? people post on a blog searching for any kind of audience that wants to read what they have to say. I personally don’t care if my audience is all black, white, female or male I just think of them as one human being. It really depends on what content you are writing about. If you have a blog about the mating rituals of the hairless mole rat your main audience will probably be scientist in lab coats or freaks who have a mole rat fetish. There we go, we have just labeled two patterns, but what about the other people who find your particular blog hilarious, sick and wrong etc? Can you categorize them into “other”? Pretty soon everyone that comes in your blog will be in a category, but is that considered a pattern? You will never know who will read your blog, no one will ever know. You can’t pin point a group of people and say, “you are going to read my blog because I am 100% sure that you are interested in it.” - JP

True, but I think we write with at least some kind of audience in mind whether or not we realize it. I can't tell you who reads my blog, beyond knowing what shows on my tracker. But I can make an educated guess as to who it might appeal to, (eg Student leaders, English majors, and politically minded types) based on the topics I blog about. BerneChristiansen


Wikis go through LifeCycles. There seems to be different levels of growth. They grow, shrink and change over time. Over this course of time, I bet that the audience changes as well. I wonder what changes are evolutionary and what changes are managerial? - JeppeBundgaard



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