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:
- I loved books.
- I loved writing.
- 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.
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.