07 June 2007

What's In A Blog?

So I've been thinking about this blog, what it's about, what it should be about, etc, etc...

I've got quite a mis-mash of stuff here. A posting about writing a children's novel is followed by one describing the Air Force's latest non-lethal crowd dispersal weapon, followed by a riff on intellectual property rights in the digital era.

Is that good, or is it bad? Any opinions out there?

I could turn this into a single-issue blog. I could focus just on my novels and short stories... or make it a design blog and focus on simplicity, complexity, and stuff like that. Or I could focus on technology. Or theology. Or leadership, management and the Radical Elements.

Maybe I should make six different blogs, one for each topic? Nah - that sounds like it would be a pain. Still, some of my favorite blogs to read tend to be about one thing (art, marketing, etc).

But I'm wondering... what is the common thread through all of these diverse topics? Am I the common thread (my interest, my thoughts)? Or is there something deeper?

Right now it's a general interest blog, talking about things I'm doing and everything that interests me. Does it make sense to put all these things together? Or would the blog be better if it had a more consistent topic, a more coherent focus? And what does "better" mean, when applied to a small blog like this?

Any thoughts?

5 comments:

Kim said...

You know, I've been wondering the same thing about my blog. Especially since I've seen some really awesome blogs lately - I'm developing blogenvy.

I don't think that there's a right or wrong answer, although I suppose it helps to identify your audience. I read your blog because it's yours, but that's just me. I personally think that general interest blogs are pretty cool, because you never know what the next post will be about. If I knew that you would always be writing about leadership and management, I probably wouldn't read it so much. But other people might read it more...

Michelle said...

Seems to be the thought of the day . . .
I had to create a separate blog for my football posts. I just had too much to say and those posts seemed to take on a life of their own.

Other than that, everything else I write about meshes together, because it's all part of my life and experiences. I tried to focus on just a writing blog, because that's where my vision was and I liked reading other writing blogs. But it just never stuck. My life affects my writing and vice versa. So my blog may seem a little schizo from time to time, but that's kind of how my head works.

So, I agree with Kim. It keeps things interesting. Keep the world guess what you're going to write about next.

Steve Sherlock said...

Good question, Dan. Blogger has improved the situation somewhat with the new categories. I had been in the school of thought to expand to a new blog for a specific topic and have several now. Another opportunity to expand is on the plate and I haven't decided what to do. I'll watch this to see what others say.

Dan said...

Yeah - I think a blog is fundamentally a human conversation, and human conversations at their best and most interesting vear off into rabbit trails and tangents. I'm not putting out a magazine here - it's a blog. So I'm going to keep up with the eclectic postings (at least for now).

Gabe Mounce said...

Yo, I think it's fine talking about everything. I think everything is related. This is the exact same issue I had with mine when trying to figure out if I should include discussions about faith and religion or break that into a seperate blog. In fact, for a post or two recently, I decided to do the popular thing by adding more "tags" such that my label list grew. I originally wanted to keep it to three labels, or what I considered categories. But I thought maybe the wisdom of the crowds was smarter since everybody uses tags. But after looking at the quickly growing list of terms used for the different tags, I thought, "Man this is way to comlicated for anybody to search and find anything." So I just went right back to the three categories. I figure it's more compact, simpler to read, and people will get a good feel for the tone and subject of that particular post knowing which of the three categories it falls under. This may keep my blog more obscure since people can't find it as readily through a general blog search on Technorati or something, but oh well.