Blurry Blog Syndrome
I have realised that I have a bad case of Blurry Blog Syndrome.
I don’t think it’s fatal, especially as I have caught it early. But the cure is not easy.
This blog lacks focus. As in, it has none whatsoever. It is all over the place, as you may have noticed, unless this is the first of my posts you are reading.
I knew it would be, because I never bothered to give it a focus.
I knew that could be an issue for readers, but I didn’t know how hard it would make it to write. I thought in fact that it would make it easier to write if I can just write about anything! No. It doesn’t.
I have a list of things I could blog about, which I can look at when this beginning-to-be-dreaded time comes round every day. It helps, a bit, but I don’t always feel like writing about those things.
In fact I have 3 lists, all in different places. I think I mentioned somewhere that I am not the most organised… although I am trying to improve.
On the PostADay site the initiative has begun to get a blog buddy. I read through some of the comments. Some of the blogs there have a focus, their authors can confidently say what they blog about. Others are just, oh I blog about my life and, you know, stuff.
At the moment I don’t think I’m even as focussed as that second group!
So what is the cure?
I suppose I have two options. Find a focus or accept having a blurry blog.
Option two still has some appeal, despite my problems with it. Reasons for this include: I am lazy and can’t be arsed to fix it; I like the thought that I can blog about anything I want to at any time; err… that seems to be all the reasons.
For option one I would have some decision making to to do. I definitely remember mentioning I don’t find that easy! And neither of my tried and true decision-making techniques (TM) can help!
I suppose the root of the problem is that in choosing to include something you also choose to exclude other stuff.
And, as my darling Tim would emphatically agree, I’m not a big fan of getting rid of stuff!
So if I want to fix it I need a plan.
One plan that might work is allocating subjects to days and having one day a week for random stuff. That has some appeal as it gives structure and focus while still giving plenty of room for a wide range.
It also helps readers: if you are interested only in the stuff I write about on Fridays for example, you know to only bother to check my blog on… actually Saturday I suppose because I tend to post in the evening.
Right! Good! We have a plan! I shall consider what I have blogged about so far, what I still want to blog about and what I might want to blog about in the future (this is supposed to go a year – eek! 😮 and summer might inspire different stuff, like the garden, which is just horrible in the winter) and allocate days of the week to different subjects, with one being for random stuff.
I like having a plan. It’s like I’ve been to the chemist and picked up a remedy I hope will solve my problem. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. But you feel so hopeful!
I’ll try and get the list for tomorrow, but it might take a bit longer than that to come up with.
Suggestions, as always, welcome!