Blog plan or random thoughts?

Do you have an idea for a blog but can’t quite make it pop? Do you want to start one with random thoughts? If so, what would make people visit your site to read your random thoughts? Are you a writer/author/public figure and people want to hear from you or are you a random Joe who wants to be heard? There’s nothing wrong with that if you are. I started as a random Jane rambling about this book called Brotherly Love (which later became Brotherly Love and Betrayal.)

These are all things one must consider when starting a blog.

Having a mission and vision for your blog are important.

As I have said before, this is blog number 5 for me and I finally made it work. This time around I started with a vision to start another blog because author websites as we knew them were beginning to change. We were in a state of transition where social media put people up close and personal with each other and a static author website wasn’t cutting it.

Heck, you could pull up Twitter or Facebook and see that I have a few books, live in the southeast, have a family, etc. Why pay for hosting each month for a site that never changed? For me a blog was an obvious choice, but what was I going to talk about? I had done this so many times before. After taking some time to really think about it, I came to the conclusion that:

  1. I loved books.
  2. I loved writing.
  3. I told stories about my life or life events like no one else could.

And that was how BW&L was born. (I know, I’ve told this story on here before but it’s worth repeating.)

Once I had my mission to share those topics, my vision was to grow the page so people would want to come here weekly or pass on the links. I think I’ve accomplished that. I have a plethora (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence) of ideas that pop in my head at times and some days I’ll draft a post and save it for the right time. Then during periods when I am amidst a creative famine, I’ll pull  one of the drafts and voila! The current weeks’ post is all set to go. Click the image below to see what’s in cue.

I have a lot to say. Planning the right time to say it is crucial.

I have a lot to say. Planning the right time to say it is crucial.

Actually, that’s how this post was born. Last week I had a lengthy discussion with two BW&L subscribers on Facebook about scheduling blog posts. I wrote this shortly afterward.

What say you about your blog’s mission and vision? Are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants blogger or do you methodically plan your posts? I want to hear from you.

Peace,
DGR

 

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9 Responses to Blog plan or random thoughts?

  1. kimyatta says:

    Your blog is actually what inspired me to start mine! You gave that tip for aspiring writers in one of the first few tips. Because reading is such a big part of who I am, I was going to do just a blog about books I’d read and post reviews, upcoming books, things like that. Then I thought, well, maybe there’s something else. The more blogs I read, the more ideas I got. So I decided, to just write something that is all of me. My random thoughts are a little organized. They are all about my issues with my weight, my personal image, my role as a mom, me, the reader and my newest adventure, me the writer. I do plan my posts but I’m only like a week out. My blog is not even a month old yet…soooo…I’m building it up!

    • Daphine says:

      Woo hoo! I inspired someone. You get real up close and personal on your blog, girlie!

      • kimyatta says:

        YES! You did…:) Yeah…sometimes I read..and I wonder…Is that over sharing? Then I think…no..someone else is thinking this..someone else is feeling this…so, I write…I’m NOT doing a public diary…lol…that’s my goal..not to do a public diary.

  2. Donna D says:

    You know my blog history. But I have new issues to consider. I don’t know if I’m going to resurrect my old blog, or start a new one. Planning is not my strong suit, as you well know. I need an assistant.

    • Daphine says:

      LOL. Thankfully, I’m able to keep going and I love to see the unique visits to the site. Between this, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, writing books and plays, whew, sometimes I wonder how I do it. Someone said I’d be an “evangelist” one day, I guess I am spreading the word, huh? Who knew?!

  3. I write about being single and dating so I write something when I have something to say about this crazy love life of mine.

    • Daphine says:

      I hear you. I try to plan at least one on Thursday each week. However this week, it will post tomorrow because I really want this to get out.

  4. amanda says:

    Nice blog. I have started a blog on my book while I wrote it. I successfully self published on lulu.

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