Last week I listed the following as one of my long-term writing goals: "2. Spice up my blog posts. When I started Everyday Revelry, I had no idea what I wanted to write about and I sort of still don't know. I've been experimenting with things that interest me but I'd like to have more continuity and longer posts. With work and school, I need to make a better effort to concentrate on what I post and improve my writing."
I have been struggling with what to write about and how to attract new readers. I go back and forth on making my blog solely about yoga or diet and exercise or writing, etc.
Then I wrote this post on the writing life on Everyday Revelry. I also commented that, "I often feel like I am blogging into a void. I have no idea how in-depth to get or what might be interesting or not. I've tried to separate the professional side of me (the Latin America stuff) from the personal (yoga, writing, nutrition, etc) for the most part but there are definitely times when they overlap. I am never sure how much to share."
City Girl left me some interesting and thought-provoking comments and Kiki asked us to share them here. She wrote, "After two+ years of blogging, I have come to the conclusion that blogging should reflect your interests and be a balance of discipline and spontaneity. I am actually writing a post on this for soon as I have had several new bloggers ask me for advice - so this has been on my mind :) One thing to think about is to pick a couple of posts from all the things that interest you, write them, and see how you enjoy writing them and also the kind of response you get from people. If you love writing about it, that's the most important thing, but if you are not sure, write a post, enjoy it and people love it, thats a reason to continue writing as well."
City Girl also posted this: "1. Sometimes finding topics you like is all about seeing what sticks - whether for you (ie you enjoy writing it) and for your readers (ie you get more comments etc). 2. Professional versus personal - I would actually stick to your personal interests over professional interests. It sounds like you feed your professional interests through blogging in another forum and your work and your grad program. Also, focusing on the personal may be in some ways both easier and more challenging to write (just a thought)."
And so now I ask all of you: How do you decide what to write about? Does your blog have a niche or is it more a general place for you to write about whatever you like or are interested in? How do you draw more readers? Do you post about personal things or professional or both? How much of your personal life do you share and how do you know where to draw that line? Where do you draw inspiration from for new posts?