I blog differently than most bloggers. I read countless blogs by writers writing about writing. They write about their struggles with passive voice, tag lines, dialogue, social media, etc. They will write about discovery, lack of discovery, the difference between being a writer and being an author, the use or not of the Oxford comma. They write about being accessible to their readers. But it seems to me, that the readers of these blogs are writers wanting to know how so-and-so solved this problem or how they handled a bad review on Goodreads (see last weeks blog on Sticks and Stones). These are not readers per se. This is the same as one group of musicians singing to another group of musicians. Where is the audience?
The general advice is not to be political in a blog so you don't offend and turn off people with opposing views. Don't talk about anything controversial like politics, religion, cultural taboos. I had one person tell me not to write so much about my Little Man. "Too much toddler" was his exact comment. Well, pppthbt to you. If I take out all of those things this is what my blog would look like:
It is a sunny day today! Will have to go out and enjoy it and perhaps weed the garden for a little while.
This is assuming I don't alienate those people who prefer rainy days or can't go outside or those people who don't have a garden to weed or those who are partial to weeds and believe organized gardening is evil. The point is, there will always be some one or some group who won't like what I say, how I say it, or just don't like me in general. Know what? I don't care.
I write about my life. If I'm struggling with writing, I'll write about it. If Little Man has been the focus on my life due to a struggle we're having or something charming he's been doing then I will write about it. If there is something particularly irritating in the news, guess what, I'll write about it. I don't have a niche. I don't have a specific group. All I have is an opinion and a life.
One thing I promise, is that whatever I do write, it's genuine. I will always write from the heart. I will always question with as much logic as possible. And I hope, that whoever does enjoy what I write, will recognize that what's here is truly me.