I've been blogging for about ten years now; my first blog was simply a bibliography of the books and other sources I found while researching my first book.
Okay, I realize that sounds dry, but it was fascinating -- the book was a verse-novel, set in the South Pacific islands of Melanesia. This means I got to feature beautiful tribal art from the Solomon Islands, old photographs from the 1800's and early 1900's, ethnographic materials from anthropologists, travelogues and diaries from explorers, travelers, missionaries and military men. Although the blog's been collecting dust for years, the art and sources are timeless.
The next blog was a collection of articles, reviews and how-to's on the genre Verse Novel itself.
Later, I tried to start another Melanesia blog on Blogger.
If these look unadorned, please know that my main writing was still going on in the non-blog world.
When I finally moved into the world of paid blogs, it was Halloween -- a day before BlogHer's big November NaBloPoMo event began. So I leaped into my new blog without much idea of what it was going to be about. What I found is that, after years of focused writing on one topic at a time, my mind went a little wild when given the freedom of NaBloPoMo.
During the month I've written about family issues, spirituality, marriage, travel, events, relationships, English and Colonial history, divorce, hiking, children and stepchildren, food, pastoral counseling, games, museums, and a host of other things I can't remember without glancing back through the month.
And this was with me trying to be focused. If I'd let myself run wild this list would be much longer and weirder.
This is bad.
I know that the blogging world wants blogs to be about one topic.
I need one topic per blog.
But which topic?
I started a list of ten things that I do know enough to blog about (and why I think I know them):
- Marriage -- I work in the evenings as a marriage workshop leader.
- Tarot -- years of experience, lots of reading.
- World Religions -- formal education and grad degree.
- Writing -- poetry, fiction, nonfiction; formal education, traditionally published book and lots of experience.
- Literature -- classic and modern, English-language and other -- lots of reading.
- Travel -- International, national and local -- I love it, I do it!
- Outdoors activities -- archery, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking.
- History -- formal education, plus my mom was a researcher.
- Food -- cooking it, eating it.
Well, okay, that's only nine things. But there are things I'd like to learn more about, too.
So after completing November's NaBloPoMo I'm going to expand on Typepad, and also start using a Wordpress blog as well. In the next week or so I'll be zeroing in on what those blogs will look like. If any of these topics interest you, send me a note and let me know which one. I'd be grateful! Thanks!