Ambling

It’s amazing that a fortnight ago (ish) I was posting everyday and since then I think I’ve done 3 posts. There are two things that really jumped out at me when I look back at the A To Z Blogging Challenge that I did in April.
1) that although no one blog post got massive views, the challenge did a great job of increasing my overall viewing figures. In other words, more people were reading more of what I wrote than ever before. And although my primary reason for doing the challenge was more as a personal motivation thing than to find new blogs, I did find some, met lovely new people and gained new readers who I’ve enjoyed chatting to.
2) when I had a brief and a deadline I met them. Never been put to the test together before and it feels good to know I could do it. I suppose I kind of had a brief & a deadline before in NaNoWriMo but a vague 1600 words a day of whatever standard obviously didn’t suit me, whereas around 1000 words based on a given requirement (IE something interesting based on whatever letter) did. It meant I had a focus and a purpose in blogging.
Strangely, the idea behind this blog has now become its weakness, I think. It’s called My Little Notepad as it’s a personal journally-type-thing where I write what I feel like. After a relatively intense month, it now feels a little aimless, but I still don’t want to become a “parenting blog” or a “writing blog”. I just don’t have enough confidence or authority to blog consistently on those things exclusively.
So. I’ve decided to try focusing a little more while still keeping the freedom and general randomness of My Little Notepad. I’m aiming for three posts a week, sometimes more, sometimes less, based on the following:
1) Pram-bling – my thoughts on children, raising them, celebrating them, being tormented by them, parenting, etc. You get the gist.
2) Wr-ambling – about writing. Maybe an aspect of the writing biz, or the process or my own journey.
3) Rambling – er, stuff. Like a rant about some silly government policy or a faith issue or… Y’know. Whatever. I guess book reviews would probably fit here too.
And occasionally 4) Shamble-ing. The odd short story. To break things up a bit.
There you go. Let’s see how this goes, eh?
And thanks for bearing with me so far…

6 thoughts on “Ambling”

  1. I am g-ambling that each of your posts will be worth reading! (Sorry, someone had to do it!)
    Always enjoy your blog.
    Nx

  2. It’s amazing how our blogs almost grow a life of their own. I know mine has developed its own identity and purpose, Lord knows it will start demanding an appearance fee! Great that you challenged yourself and met the challenge of blogging each day, and believe me I know how much of a challenge that can be! Vx

  3. Finding the right tone and direction for a blog is difficult. I like the way you’ve creating categories that are separate and yet you’ve managed to link them in a fun way.

  4. Aw thank you. That’s exactly what I was going for – separate (So I had some focus) but linked kind of. And I was hoping it would be fun; I’d be onto a loser if I ever start taking myself too seriously!

    Thank you for your comment!

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