Thursday, July 19, 2012

Finding a Blogging Fit

For many, many months my Thursday posts were alphabet-based ones as I marched through writing and reading topics with a middle grade focus. And then I had a few Thursday posts that just fell in my lap once the alphabet ones were finished.

But, dear and beloved Thursdays, now what?

*scratches head*

Every now and then, I find that a blog inventory is a good idea. This is where I ask myself, "What is it I do here anyway?" And since I see a blog as a living, changeable thing, my blogging fit changes from time to time, much like a seasonal change in clothing happens from those blistering hot summer days to the cooler autumn ones. So right now, my blog is in a seasonal wardrobe transition.

Never has my blog been an advice-to-writers blog or a writing-tips blog. There are WAY more people who know WAY more about that sort of thing than I do. But I am a mom, a wife, a teacher, a writer, a freelance editor, a middle grade book reader, and a dog lover. I also love summer and the ocean. Sounds just like my bio over there. *peeks at bio* Oh, and I love dark chocolate too. Man, chocolate could be the subject of many blog posts.

Spreading word about middle grade books each Monday (which I've been doing for quite some time) and blending the other areas of my life for my Thursday posts creates this little part of the internet that is simply me being me--blogging about what I love. So that's my new blogging fit. Because, you know, I need a plan. I love a plan. Even if it matters to no one but me.


What about you? If you blog, why do you? And how did you find a blogging fit? Do you allow your blogging fit to change if needed? If you don't blog, what interests you enough to read someone's blog and maybe even follow it?

15 comments:

  1. Me? I blog because there are too many stories that erupt in my head with no where else to go.
    I like the challenge of telling a 'short' story. Maybe that's called flash fiction? I'm also finding that blogging is refining my voice. I write humorous women's fiction.

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  2. Love how your blogging fit is blogging about what you love. That's how I imagine mine to be as well, since I like to post not just about writing, but art, cross-stitching, books and TV shows I fangirl, etc. Posting more than just tips and reviews helps give a blog a distinct personality. I can't help but be drawn to a blog that feels as unique as the person doing the blogging!

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  3. I like trying different things out. I like the idea of having Thursdays be about something that interests you but I loved you ABC series too.

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  4. Ha, I was just thinking of writing a post like this. Every now and then you have to reassess what's going on with your blog. It's a good thing!

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  5. Barbara, I'm on my 8th blog. The other seven blogs failed because I tried to blog around a specific theme and on specific days. That didn't work for me. Now I just blog what's on my mind as long as it relates to writing or the writing life. And I don't put pressure on myself to keep a certain schedule except to make sure I blog at least within a two-week period. I am a much happier blogger this way. :)

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  6. This is a tough question. I started out blogging about photography for teens, but then started blogging about writing (there weren't many blogs doing it back then). I tried doing book reviews, but that didn't work for me. I know I want to do other things beyond writing and photography (and their connection), but I haven't figured it out yet. It's not easy, is it. I just know I want the posts to be short and non-rambling.

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  7. I love that you call it a seasonal wardrobe transition! Being the newbie that I am, I'm still trying to figure it out. I really love the interviews I do because I get to learn about and *meet* some really great people. But I've tried adding a personal touch here and there because, well, sometimes it's hard not to. Great post Barbara!!

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  8. I'm like Linda. I try to stay flexible. While I do try to blog Mon/Wed/Fri and try to keep it related to reading and writing I kinda go with the flow.

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  9. I keep hearing about how you should know what your blogging goal is, and I think it's to talk about my two favorite things, books and writing, with a community of like-minded people. I also believe in throwing in a bit of the personal once in a while. I also like to schedule my posts far ahead. It keeps me from blogger's block. :)

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  10. I think what makes me read/follow a blog (like yours:-) is exactly what makes me want to read a book . . . an authentic voice that interests me! As far as my blog, I didn't start with a theme in mind--I just didn't want anyone else to steal jamieayres.com when I started this 2 yrs ago, lol. I tried putting a theme together at the beginning of this year but it didn't work for me. I'm a pantser in all areas of my life I guess.

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  11. Over the past year and a half my blog has evolved. Our blog was built out of love of reading and writing. We try to keep the blog themed around middle grade books and topics (and for the last six months we have a weekly theme that all of our posts tie into in some way). There are certain posts that take place on certain days- but we do stop to take stock and see if it works from time to time. I love to see how every blog is different. I also enjoy watching as favorite bloggers change things up. I think for a blog to be successful the blogger has to be happy with the frequency of their posts, their content, and their ability to change if they want to.

    Good luck!
    ~Jess

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  12. Hey Barbara! I prefer a bit of a medley to blogs. There are so many out there, and the ones that stick have personality, regardless of what they blog about. I tend to blog on whatever's on my mind--sometimes writing advice, other times contests or books, or just snippets into my life. I mean, why limit your blog to one subject, right?

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  13. I've found that blogging has helped me find a more confident writing voice, and as long as I'm flexible with my blog (either with topics or schedule), it works for me. Everyone's fit is different; give yourself the freedom to investigate what "clothes" your blog needs.

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  14. There are so many blogs out there now that it certainly is becoming difficult to distinguish yourself enough to stand out from the crowd. I think you do a terrific job, Barbara. I know I can always come to your blog for inspiration, like Stina's and Lydia's. It's tough to read everyone's posts every time (I would never get any writing done), but I like the idea that I can visit your blogs occasionally, dip my toes in the water and come back refreshed.

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  15. aside from MMGM, i am pretty planless, too! in some ways i just wait for inspiration to strike, but having a structure would make things much easier around here.

    i love reading your blog, so no matter what gems you pull out on thursday, i'm happy to follow along :)

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