What is this Blog About, Again?

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Somehow, nearly a month has slipped past since my last post. I can’t quite explain why. I don’t have writer’s block. I just have no clue what to write about. Oh, I have ideas. Plenty of them. But I can’t decide which one to go with. The problem is, I’m not sure what my blog is really about these days. When I first brainstormed my site’s theme, I expected to follow a literary trail, featuring book reviews, writing tidbits and such. Then I realized I didn’t want to be limited to just one aspect of my life, even if it was a large one.

Writing a lifestyle blog seemed almost too broad, though, and I worried I would get lost in all of the possibilities. So I tried to summarize everything in my taglines, Ink, Inspiration and In-between. Figuring out exactly what should fit under each of those categories, and how to balance the three, has been trickier than I imagined.

I view my blog as a conversation with a friend. Almost like sitting down and chatting over coffee (preferably mocha chip frappuccinos. With extra whipped cream.) The thing is, when I physically meet up with a friend, coffee in hand, we chat about anything and everything. It’s difficult to detect an exact theme in those conversations.

None of this would bother me on its own. My interests are varied and even a little random; my blog tends to reflect that bit of my personality, though a little less sporadically (I hope.) But in all the reading I’ve done about building a blog audience, I’ve heard one piece of advice over and over: You have to stick to a topic, or else no readers will stick with you… And that’s why my struggle to nail down my niche has me perplexed.

Which subject should I stick to? How can I decide? Should I really settle on just one?

I’ve seen that work for a lot of bloggers. There are plenty of blogs I follow because I’m looking for that single topic. But there are just as many, if not more, that I follow because I like the style of writing, the voice of the writer, and how they make me feel like a friend.

Maybe in the future, my blog will become like that first type. For now, though, I’ve decided to let it follow the latter style. The direction of my life is in the process of a shift, and I can feel my writing shifting as well. The only way I can describe my theme, however loosely, is the same way I described it when I started: Ink, Inspiration, and In-Between. Especially in-between. There’s lots and lots of in-between.

Despite my tangled up thought process, and my unmade bed, I really do like things to appear neat and put-together. I’ve been trying to keep up that appearance here, with everything from my writing to social media presence. The thing is, I don’t have it all together. As much as I feel the need to be professional, impressive even, I don’t measure up to the ideal bar I’ve set. I’ve spent the last month avoiding the “Publish” button because nothing felt ready. I didn’t feel ready. But as I’ve said time and again, I can’t wait until I’m ready. This whole thing is an experiment. An adventure.

And I’m never going to get anywhere by staying put. (Clearly, I have to repeat messages to myself in order to get them.) I didn’t make formal resolutions during New Year’s, but now that we’re six months into 2015 (yes, already. Don’t get me started!) I’m going to set some new goals. Just as I tend to raise my standards too high, I set overly ambitious goals. It’s all I can do not to promise to post daily, but I know I’ll never meet that goal. So I’m not going to make a rigid standard. I’m just going to work at making progress.

In the days ahead, I’ll be posting about What I Learned in May, and I have a few book reviews coming soon, too. Beyond that, I’m not sure of my blogging schedule or subjects yet. I hope you’ll stick around, friends, as I learn along the way. It might be messy at times, but maybe we can learn something through all this together.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a reader, and my online neighbor, whether you’ve been with me from the beginning or you’re a new friend.

If you have a blog, how do you decide what to write about? How would you explain your blog?
If you prefer reading blogs to writing them, what subjects do you like to read about?

More to come!

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20 thoughts on “What is this Blog About, Again?

  1. “I don’t have writer’s block. I just have no clue what to write about. Oh, I have ideas. Plenty of them. But I can’t decide which one to go with.”
    So it’s not just me?!! I’ve been that way for weeks, where I have several ideas for posts, but either I can’t settle on an idea or I don’t have enough time to write about it the way I want to. And the thing is I run a feature on my blog every Saturday so if I don’t have at least one post during the week, my site starts to look pretty desolate.

    And don’t worry about not meeting all the expectations you set for yourself. Nobody ever does. Did you see the thing I reblogged about how Evelyn Waugh said that he was “appalled” by his masterpiece Brideshead Revisited? Apparently, everybody sets the bar higher than they need to. 🙂

    As for deciding what to write about, I kind of act like a goldfish when it comes to blog topics: one thing will catch my attention and then I feel like I have to write something about it. I tend to use birthdays and anniversaries to generate post ideas also: for instance, last February, I took W. H. Auden’s birthday as an opportunity to write a post about his work. I suppose that doesn’t help much, but that is where most of my post decisions come from.

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    1. I’m glad to know it’s not just me, either! Must be a writer thing. 😉 What you said about having trouble settling on an idea or not having enough time for certain ideas is so very accurate. I love your Saturday features, and I admire you for sticking to that schedule! I haven’t been able to stay consistent with a certain day yet… Hopefully I’ll get there soon. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing that post about Evelyn Waugh! I had missed it, but that’s both unbelievable and encouraging he felt that way. I haven’t read Brideshead Revisited yet, though now it’s made my list.

      I really enjoy how you make post decisions- I can never keep up with author birthdays or anniversaries, but it’s so cool seeing them on your site! Keep up the great work. 🙂

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  2. So this the problem I have with my blog. I have so many ideas, but I never write any. I started it to write book reviews, but kind of wandered back and forth with it. I just can’t settle. I feel my blog is kind of just whatever I decide to write about WHEN I decide to write about it. A glimpse into my head. But it feels like it needs something more. I don’t know either. If you figure it out, let me know 🙂

    I read blogs because something about what they write about connects to me or we have shared interests. Usually I don’t follow blogs about one specific topic (unless it’s a book blogger I like a lot, but most of the time I skip out on reading reviews unless the books is grabbing my attention). I like the overall glimpse of the person writing shining out from the blog edges.

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    1. For the record, I think your blog is awesome, Jaime.

      I read blogs for the same reasons as you. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who skips over certain book reviews. 😉 I hadn’t put it into words, but what you said about liking the overall glimpse of the writer shining out from the edges is positively quotable. I may have to tweet that and attribute it to you. 🙂

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  3. I don’t stick to a topic. My life is my topic. I find it so opressive to stick to “one thing” because it feels so limited.. I just write what I feel, what pops up in my head. I don’t put restrictions on myself when I blog and it’s all about ME. So. You can view yourself as a topic. If it works for me, I think it can also work for you. 🙂

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    1. “one thing” really can be uninspiring at times! I’ve seen other people work well with a single subject, but for people like us, viewing life as a topic is so freeing and encouraging. I’m going to keep that in mind as my guide! Thanks so much for reading this, and for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  4. Hey Sarah, I always love reading your posts, and I definitely haven’t been deterred by the variety of topics. I think it’s the problem with generalisations, that they capture a truth but lose a lot of meaning too. The advice to stick to one topic is valuable, but I think sticking to the same audience or style is even more important. Whatever you blog about, it’s a blend of topics perfect for you and, considering how huge the internet is, it’s the perfect blend for other people too (including me 😄). I try to live by the advice of “just write” (at this point I imagine Dory swimming along, singing “just keep writing”). Looking forward to reading more from you 😍

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    1. Hey Bernadette! I’m so, so blessed and humbled that you’ve enjoyed what I share here. Thank you! ❤
      You're absolutely right about generalizations. It's something I need to keep in mind, that there's not really a one-size fits all rule.
      I love reading your blog, too, because it has that perfect blend of topics for ME! Also, picturing Dory singing, "Just keep writing," makes me grin and want to write. 🙂

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  5. I notice that writing about one topic, “plucks a string” in another. Writing is an extension of who you are. I’m getting to know you better as you have expressed yourself. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love the idea of writing being an extension of my personality. It’s such an inspiring way to think of it! Thanks for taking the time to read these and understand my expressions. ❤

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  6. Hi Sarah.
    I’m in the mix of some of those questions – “Which subject should I stick to? How can I decide? Should I really settle on just one?” Personally, it goes back to prayer and hearing His direction. It makes for peace in the midst of flooding ideas and helps confirm between the good ideas and the God inspired ones!
    (He’s the author scripting our lives and knows better than we do what He’s equipped us to do in writing – whether journalist, writing about health, book reviews, bible studies or keeping it simple and penning lessons learned along the way…) Thanks for the opportunity to think over these things and conclude with the encouraging thought that going to Him for wisdom in our writing; proves a faithful endeavor – always!

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    1. Hi Jessica! You are so right- all of these questions can be answered with God’s direction. It’s so important to be reminded of that. I also love what you said about good ideas vs. God-inspired ones. It’s such a great way of looking at it, rather than simply good vs. bad ideas.
      Thank you so much for reading this and joining the conversation! It means a lot. Blessings on all your writing endeavors! 🙂

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  7. I can relate. It took me a long time to learn that I didn’t enjoy a mono-subject blog as much as writing anecdotal, often unrelated, stories from my life. Once I came to that realization, it took me forever to decide to actually take up blogging again. After all, I kept thinking, “Who would read and come back to this kind of blog?”

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    1. I’ve had those same thoughts, Lauren! I think being authentically you in your blog, though, will still attract a great community. 🙂 I, for one, am going to come back and read your blog! I loved where you said, “It is my mission to craft YA novels that deal with real problems that children face in today’s world. It is also my goal, as a Christian and lifelong minister’s daughter, to share the love that God has with others.” That is such an amazing goal, and I wish you the absolute best in it! I’ll look forward to seeing your progress. 🙂

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      1. Well, that’s actually an old blog, too. I keep my same mission, but now I try to share more of my real-life stories than writing tips. The real blog is chaoticlifeoflauren.wordpress.com. I don’t know why WordPress is having trouble updating my primary blog. At any rate, I look forward to staying in contact with you!

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      2. Thanks for the updated link! 🙂 I love the idea of real-life stories even more than writing tips. It’s funny, my blog was originally supposed to be writing focused, and then it went more to the real-life aspect, too. 🙂

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  8. I happen to think I’ll stick around for whatever you choose to write about, Miss Sarah. You haven’t disappointed me yet, and I suspect you’ll have a hard time doing so. Keep writing–whatever the topic. Know you’ve got a faithful reader right here.

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