It’s been three years since I started this blog and I thought it was time to show it a bit more love. I’ve changed the header and the colour scheme…. what do you think of the green, too dark, too green? I might play a bit more with that.
In the process of making these changes I got thinking about blogging in general. Why do I blog, what do I want to get out of it, what makes a good blog? I’m not sure I have all the answers to these questions but I certainly have some thoughts on them.
Why do I blog? I started because of a desperate need to do something for me and something that took a little bit of intellectual energy when I was at home with one child and expecting the next. I enjoyed the creativity and the writing process and it added something to my day that wasn’t about children (though I do write about them). Blogging and the community of other bloggers that I discovered inspired me to do all sorts of things. I converted my entire garden to a vegetable patch after being inspired and educated by other bloggers, I started experimenting in the kitchen with things like ricotta and bread making. My views on parenting, feminism and politics were influenced by great blogs I discovered. I started to challenge myself to try new skills like crocheting. And I started to set goals, achieve them and even reflect on them. Blogging has enhanced my life in a lot of ways and I missed it when I was too busy juggling two little girls, the house and a demanding job.
What do I want to get out of blogging? Here’s the tricky question. Do I care about my ‘site stats’, do I want to hit a certain number of views, subscribers or followers or is it enough just to write it for me, for friends and family, for my kids when they’re older and for a smallish group of fellow bloggers or followers. To be honest I’m not sure. I’ll admit I love getting comments and knowing that people are reading it and think that what I have to say is somewhat interesting. So do I want to grow this? Maybe. How do I grow this?
What makes a good blog? This is an interesting and very subjective question. I think it firstly has to have some visual appeal, something that I’m working on improving. Then I think it needs some direction, something that ties it all together. I think this is where I really need to put in some work. The blogs I read the most are those that have a clear identity, perhaps they’re a cooking blog, a gardening blog, a kitchen garden blog combining the two, a blog of feminist ideas, a political blog, a book blog. I tend to do a bit of everything, which others do as well successfully, but to do that you need to have an over-arching identity or direction, a reason you’re delving into all these areas. Otherwise it can be just a little too random.
I’m hoping that by putting in a little extra effort and by reflecting on the reasons I like blogs and blogging I might find even greater enjoyment from it and in the process make it a better blog for readers as well. I’d love to hear your thoughts.