"...most of the stuff I write is romance, and...I hesitate to say it, but I'm seriously thinking of redirecting my blog—that is to say, I'll still post stuff non-romancey, but I feel like, to properly build a romance writer's platform, I have to gear more posts in that direction..."
To which he very sensibly replied:
"...I don't think you need to change the direction of your blog at all. Just post more of your stuff that is romance leaning...and see what the response is..."
See, I was having a blogger's identity crisis. I started blogging to build an author platform and get my name out into the world, attract online attention, so that, should any of my writing magically get into print, I'd have a ready-made audience who'd buy it, read it, and spread the word about it. I worried that I'd spent too much blogging time writing all sorts of nonsense, completely unrelated to romance novels, and should perhaps just focus on one major theme to identify myself as a romance writer. But, you know, I think Wayne made a good point; all of that nonsense is part of who I am. What I needed to do is show more of "romance-novelist me."
So I went back to my "Who's This Chick?" page, as well as the first blog post I'd ever put up, and scribbled a sort of profile of who I am and what I want to convey about myself in this blog. I equated to these things the corresponding blog topics, some of which were already extant, some I came up with as I worked. Here's how it turned out (new stuff in italics, acronyms included for easy reference):
|What I'm About/Into||Corresponding Blog Topics|
|I'm a writer||Writerly Things|
|I heart music||Tuneage|
(in books, TV, movies, etc.)
|My PITA* kid||The Kid|
(music, literature, etc.)
|Oh My Goth!|
|Blogging/Reading Blogs||Bloggy-Blogging Tips/
|People/things that turn me on||W00F!|
|The science/biology of love||What About Luuurve? (WAL?)|
|Whatever, I'll blog what I want
(don't fence me in y'all)
|I plan to independently publish this
year and don't know what
the hell I'm doing! HELP!
|Indie Author SOS! (IASOS!)|
|Things I dig||Sparks|
|Things I don't||Snarks|
Categorizing stuff like this helps me plot/write/publish my posts in a regular way and, in 2013, I'm determined to make a blogging/writing/living schedule and STICK to it! God willing, this'll help.
Bloggers, I know a bunch of y'all have posted on your blog goals for the new year. If you've got something you're particularly proud of, please share it in the comments below. And if you've not blogged about new goals (and don't plan to), do you have any ideas you're hoping to implement in 2013?