Despite this most recent “spurt” of posts here at the blog (if you can call it that), posting has been inconsistent at best and nearly nonexistent in fact for the longest stretch in my blogging career. It’s true that this is a crazy busy time of our lives (much like a ride at the water park as I’ve told you already) and the first maxim for any blogger ought to be to live real life first and blog later. Interestingly enough, despite the dearth of consistent posting, I have been thinking about the blog as much as ever.
In my April status report I contemplated my need for a fresh start and referred to some bloggers beginning again with different url, new blog name, and changed content focus. In response to my ruminations one dear reader emailed me with her very wise two cents’ in regard to blogging with a specific intent. Our conversation prompted some googling on my part and hence the aforementioned thinking and contemplating.
It seems that most blog “experts” agree that the narrower the focus the easier both to write and to build a readership. At first glance this doesn’t make much sense to me. It would seem that having only one main subject–fashion, crafts, homeschooling, photography, theology, and so on–would limit the author. Not true, or so they say. Blogging about any and everything paralyzes the blogger, according to those in the know, while a limited focus gives both the author something to write about and the reader clear expectations about the content.
On a side note: awhile back my friend Leslie lamented the good ol’ days of blogging when we all just blogged. No rules and best practices and clear definitions about what did and did not constitute responsible and irresponsible blogging. Now there are blogs about blogging and thus we find ourselves writing posts about finding our focus and voice as a blogger…
So, as I
research google this idea of having clearly defined themes and objectives in blogging, I wonder how one goes about determining her focus. Here the blog pundits recommend exploring areas in which the blogger may be passionate about or possess a unique perspective or have some expertise in. Such self examination ought to aid the blogger in discovering her subject, at least in a broad sense.
Where do I fit? This is what perplexes me. I am reminded a little of my post a few years ago in which I lamented my lack of a proper tagline since taglines can and ought to encapsulate what the given blog is about. As you can see I did ultimately come up with the vague and not-so-very clever “Confessions and conundrums of an ordinary wife and mom,” which may or may not encapsulate what I’m doing over here.
What kind of blogger am I? A mommy blogger? Sometimes I am, to some degree. Is theology my game? Books? I find it is somewhat easier to approach the question negatively. For instance, posts on crafts will never happen. I’m too thin-skinned to engage in watchblogging. I can also rule out blogging on recipes or home decor or homemaking or fashion, though all those topics are important and I read several blogs that treat such subjects in engaging and winsome fashion and am glad for their expertise and passion.
In regard to my tagline dilemma, I wrote that…
I am a woman who yearns to make much of Jesus…and nothing of me. A simple woman. The ordinary, cracked clay pot seeking to be a vessel of His glory. A woman who despite her failings…and maybe also because of them…has determined to live for His renown. Not perfectly. Maybe not even uniquely. But wholeheartedly and unreservedly.
Yes and amen. Sufficient for a blog’s focus? I don’t know; that’s what I’m trying to decide. How ought I define myself as a blogger? Or ought I even make the attempt? Will a clearly drawn focus fuel my writing life? These are the sorts of questions I am weighing and pondering. Any insight is more than welcomed!
What about you? Do you blog with focus and concentrate on a specific theme or objective? What is it you hope to accomplish with your blog? Leave a comment about your blogging voice as well as any encouragement you may have for the rest of us looking for theirs.