I’ve been thinking about the direction I’d like to take with this blog. Lately, it feels like it’s more about parenting than anything else. But this isn’t just another parenting blog. I don’t want this to become about research and citations and best practices. It’s not about methods and philosophies. It’s a personal blog, referring specifically to my person.
When I stop and think about the millions of blogs out there in the blogosphere with over a billion posts collectively, I start to wonder: What makes mine special? How do I become a familiar stranger to faceless readers? And why do I care?
I’ll start by reminding myself that the main purpose of this is to give voice to my thoughts and feelings. I’ve always been introspective, and this provides me the opportunity to “speak” the thoughts I have at any given moment. But pouring my thoughts into my computer, then publishing them for everyone (anyone?) to see (Bueller?) does involve a small amount of risk. So far, I haven’t caught any criticism, but it’s bound to happen if I plan to gain any significant following. And I’m prepared for that, because the risk yields a reward: connection.
We all seek to belong to a community. Finding meaningful connections with others helps to create that community. That’s why I’m always pushing for comments and feedback. I love the interaction with readers!
Regarding direction: I’d like to think that as long as I continue to write about the things that are important to me, the nature of this blog will reveal itself in time. Today I’m inspired by Jeff Silvey of Five Things At Once. In yesterday’s post called “State of the Blog Address,” he cites a passage from Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, Crush It!, in which he states that a blogger can expect to write about 50 posts before getting a feel for what topic is right for him or her. I’ve only got about 15 so far. I guess I’ll cut myself some slack.
So what makes mine special? I don’t really know. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it is special because it’s mine, and if no one ever reads it, at least I’ve created something individual and meaningful to me. Either way, it’s a process of trial and error. All I can really do is make it as organic a process as possible and learn from my mistakes. As far as topics are concerned, I guess time will tell.
From the bungalow,
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