When I look at the blogs I enjoy, when I look at my friend’s blogs, when I look at blogs – period, they all seem to have one thing in common: a theme. Yet here I am. I write about what hits me when it hits me. I have trouble with rules.
Rules. Yep. Even in the blogosphere. The biggest two being “Give Credit!” (and, okay, that’s not really a blog specific rule, but it’s worth repeating) and “Blog on Theme!”. So clearly, no problem with the first one. Whenever I use the work of another I make sure to give credit, and share links whenever possible. But number two (the one that is pretty much the cardinal rule of all things blog)? Good grief. It seems like it should be so easy.
Garden Blog – http://www.katesgardenjournal.com/
Disney Travel Blog – http://www.returntodisney.com/
Heck… even topics so narrow you’d never guess there’d be a blog Blog – http://www.fairyfiction.com/
And yep, that last one is a blog dedicated to fairy books for young readers. Not just books, not just fairy books, not just juvenile fiction, but fairy books specifically aimed at kids and youth. How’s that for a niche?
Goodness knows I’ve tried to blog on topic. Had my own dog blog for a while at http://deardogma.wordpress.com/. But I just can’t do it. Stay on topic I mean. I get bored after a while and need to write about other things. Sure, I could set up multiple blogs, one for each area of interest… but really? I’m just not that dedicated.
Okay. So, maybe dedication isn’t the problem. I am on my third year of blogging almost daily.
It seems to fly in the face of every single “how to blog” blogger’s advice, but I just can’t help it. Life is messy. Life doesn’t fit in a neat little box. I don’t fit into a neat little box – so why should my blog?
It works though. I get to share, what I need to share, when I need to share it. And I somehow still manage to keep a few of you coming back day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. And my wee little blog just keeps on growing (which I am SOOO appreciative of).
My advice then? If you want to blog, just go ahead and start writing. Ignore the cardinal rule. Write what you need to write, share what is important. It may take a lot longer to establish readership with a relatively random flux of ideas – but if you are honest and forthright? They’ll come. And it’s so worth the effort.
So… it’s my birthday. Yay me. 😉
That really has nothing to do with what I’m planning on asking you today, but I figured I’d throw it out there. LOL
I’m thinking it’s time for a new look here at TD 365. I’ve got a couple different themes I’m considering and would love to hear from you – the people who actually read the blog. What features are important to you? What would you like to see me add? What would you like to see me lose? What would you like me to keep?
Here are a couple looks I’m considering – both very different from one another.
Theme Licorice: Brings with it a very easy on the eyes palette. Simple navigation. Use of “featured images”. Full posts on the front page.
Theme Mystique: Brings top of the page “share-ability” with facebook and twitter, and a cool uncluttered widget for clickable content (one click brings up the tags, links, and categories without refreshing the page). Uses “featured images”. Full posts on the front page.
So… the main things I love about about Mystique are it’s easy twitter and facebook sharing, and the neat content widget. But I have to admit I prefer the look and simplicity of Licorice. However, there’s always the possibility of just keeping things as they are. LOL