The Daily Post asked a probing question this morning: “To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?”
I have read a number of experts on blogging say that one must narrow one’s blog to a specific subject or topic in order to draw in more readers. I suppose if one monetized their blog and their writing was purely a money making endeavor, I would say go for it. (And that is not a judgment — who doesn’t want to be compensated for their work. And writing IS work). However, for the person who just can’t seem to settle on one avenue of interest that would not be possible.
I am such a person. Just look at topics under my “Categories” section: writing, photography, history, nature, art, poetry and so on. In the past I tried to have a blog for each medium of expression or topic of interest. That didn’t work so well. Sometimes my work can be art and writing at the same time. Poetry and prose come together in one piece. My photography becomes a painting. My observations of nature and history become a short story.
The blog experts would say that I need to “settle down” and that such a diversity of interest serves only to water down my creative products. “If you could just focus on one medium and become a master of it,”….. well, I guess that would make me “successful”.
Let me just drop some names here: Leonardo DaVinci, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Hildegard Von Bingen…you get the idea. Do you see a common denominator among them? Yeah, me too.
So in answer to the question above, it would be an emphatic “no.” I will just keep on making art, spinning stories, and casting poetry all in one personal space.
ljg (c) 2013