Before I Go Any Further…


I need your help. I’m at a crossroads in this blog already and would welcome your opinion and/or advice. 
My main problem with my blog is that I cannot decide what form its content should take. I write about things that I care about and that can lead me into the political, the spiritual,  humour and personal and so on.  Quite a mix. 

Should I create separate blogs for each topic? 

For example, originally I intended this blog to be inspirational but it hasn’t worked out that way.  So should I restrict this blog to, for example, inspiration, the interesting, wisdom, health ( mental and physical ), education, humour and the like and create another blog that deals with my politics and world affairs?
I’m not even sure if I should even delve into the personal, either.  And furthermore I don’t even know if:

  1. I’m actually doing anyone any good.
  2. I’m any good as a writer.

To cap it all I made a mistake in setting up the blog – it was originally meant to be “unconsciousperception” ( singular ), but at the same time I created the equivalent web page as “unconsciousperceptions.wordpress.com” ( plural ) and this mistake continually annoys the heck out of me.

So if you feel that you could impart advice and/or opinion, I should be very grateful.

Derek

PS: The photo ain’t me – it came care of metsmerizedonline.com lol

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One thought on “Before I Go Any Further…

  1. Hi Derek,

    I’ve been writing my blog for seven years, and it has evolved some. I started out writing on political/social issues, and I still do, but there’s a fair amount of experience posts in the mix now. Some things I have found:

    After you establish your ‘voice’, writing new posts can become more difficult. I avoid spouting off on subjects on which I know nothing or very little, so many posts require research. I try to include links to source material, and all that takes time and effort. I *could* just write whatever comes to mind and leave it at that, but that’s not who I am, and not the public perception I want to give. The result is that a lot of posts go unwritten because I don’t want to put in the work to write researched posts. Over time you establish a body of work, and credibility is important to me.

    You may find that others are doing the job better. I don’t write too much on current events anymore because the folks over at GayPatriot.net are closely aligned with my political/social philosophy, and do a far better job analyzing political events. There isn’t really anything I can add there, so I don’t. I’m active in the comments, and if I think something can be usefully expanded, I’ll post on it. Some folks will leave comments of several hundred words, and I’m thinking “Get a blog!”.

    Sometimes writing a blog becomes a chore, even if it’s just to toss off a post on something interesting you did. Nearly every long-term blogger I’ve read goes through this. This is where I am now, and why I haven’t posted in a while. I suppose one could write a paragraph per day until a post forms, but if I dread writing on the blog, it’s probably not something I should be doing. It’s not a job, and shouldn’t be one (unless you’re getting paid).

    Part of the reason I started the blog was to improve my writing, and that’s worked fairly well. The process of forming an argument and presenting it clearly and cohesively is valuable in itself. It may be that during the process you find things you thought were true, aren’t. Even experiential posts can develop the ability to tell a story in an entertaining way. So the act of writing itself can be useful.

    My only ‘spin-off’ blog is the Northern Pacific Project, because I knew that was going to eat up a lot of words, and I didn’t want it to distract from the Fixed Points blog. Heck, man, it’s your blog. Write what you wanna write, be who you wanna be.

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