Blogging Dilemma: The Eclectic Blog

I have a blogging dilemma. My blog is eclectic, because I am a woman of many interests.

Most of the blogs that I read are streamlined and focused on one general topic. There are blogs that give household tips, decor advice, and DIY tutorials. There are the blogs about travel which include plenty of information on travelling,  adventures in new places, and are full of photos.  Some writers have blogs that include writing tips, samples of their fiction, and poetry.  Some bloggers simply write about life in general–what their thoughts are on local, national, and international events, humanity, society, and quips about daily life experiences.

Then there is my blog.

It doesn’t have one genre.  I post furniture & decor projects, interior decorating that I’ve done to include home improvement. I post my musings, poetry, photography, scholarly writing and other various writing. I have just started sharing about my adventures of moving to and living in Germany and will be posting a lot of travel related writing.  I post about life–big and little moments.

I came across a post from The Daily Post’s “Blogging 201” series the other day.  Blogging 201, Day One: Set Three Goals encourages the blogger to “consider what you want to accomplish with your blog.”

When I first started my blog, my intentions were to share my writing and musings.  Then I began posting my DIY home improvement projects, furniture makeovers, and various crafts.  It has grown into an eclectic mess.

Do I simply leave it as is? Should I have two or three different blogs?

Tell me what you think I should do!

 

10 thoughts on “Blogging Dilemma: The Eclectic Blog”

  1. Hi there! I think it depends on what you want to accomplish with your blogs. I have a personal blog where I just write about everything that comes to mind. It’s a blog known only to family and friends. However, travel is a passion of mine, and writing as well, so I created a separate blog for writing about my travels, with the goal of sharing my travel experiences with other travelers. So consider your goal, and consider also if you have the time and patience to maintain two or more blogs.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I think part of my problem is that I don’t really know what I hope to accomplish with my blog(s). When I post about my experiences with DIY home improvement, projects or interior decorating I hope to inspire or offer direction for those who are interested in that sort of thing. When I put my poetry or musings out there, I’m not sure that it serves a purpose other than exposure for my work or some kind of connection with another person who understands it. I guess that’s the way I see all of my posts–they are for me and whoever finds an interest in its topic.

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      1. Well, I’m no expert, but based on what you just said, if it were up to me, I’d probably create a separate blog for the DIY/projects/interior design posts, because I know there are a lot of people interested in that. For your poetry, you can create a separate blog or you can just put it in your main blog and just make sure to add the appropriate tags so people can find it. Either way, just make sure you love what you’re doing and it doesn’t become something of a chore. 🙂

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        1. Thanks for your advice! I have given it a lot of thought. Especially your mention of starting a new blog unless it may possibly “become something of a chore,” which is entirely possible. I may not have DIY stuff to post on a regular basis, which would may cause a loss in readership or a disinterest when I do post. I’m not a particularly picky reader myself and do not expect regular posts form some blogs, but if I do want my blog to become something than it is now, I may begin a new blog starting with some of my most popular DIY posts.

          But for now, I think I will just keep it simple–especially since I will be hopefully heading back into the workforce and starting college courses again. It will be enough just to maintain this blog.

          Again, thank you so very much for stopping by and taking the time to help me make the decision that is right for me!

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  2. I am the same way. I started my blog for my theological interests, now I am perplexed about just the opposite – should I have made it generic for my other interests (hiking, photography, cooking, etc.), or create a new blog for each. I regret, to some extent, having made a one-theme blog.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment!

      The upside of a thematic blog though is that your followers aren’t irritated when topics that they are not remotely interested in appear in their daily feed or email. That is one of the reasons I am considering adding one or two new blogs.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me make a decision. I have concluded that because I am not overwhelmed by what I post, and I love everything that write about (for the most part), I will continue to keep it all in one place. And yes, you are right about narrowing down the topics–which I hadn’t thought of until you mentioned it! It’s always good to hear (or read) a fresh perspective!

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