Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blogdentity

I think one of my biggest hurdles in blogging lately has been my lack of blogdentity.  When I started blogging I wrote musings about the writing process.  Sometimes my subjects were random (most of the time) but I always worked them back to writing.  Occasionally I shared samples from my w.i.p. for a blogfest, but I stayed consistent with myself. I liked to read blogs from other writers going through the same struggles I was, and I thought my blog would appeal to like minded people.

I did not notice at first, but bit by bit, my blog started getting taken over by blogfests. THis is when I started loosing my blogdentity. April's A-Z blogfest was the icing on the cake. I have been struggling  since then to get my head above water in the blogosphere.

In attempt to return to my roots I stepped away from all blogfests. This was a mistake. Blogfests held me accountable to a timeline and helped me pace myself. Solution, jump back into blogfests but in moderation. I will not participate in more than 3 blogfests in a month. Give or take 2. Or 3. We'll see. The point is, I think I can still be me and contribute to the greater blogging community.  The most important thing is that I stay true to myself. I learned this in regard to my writing projects, now I learn it as applies to my blog.

So, in being true to myself, here is a blog post about nothing in particular but linking vaguely back to the theme of how the writing process. Not really awe inspiring, I know. But I hope it gets me back on track.

What do you do to stay consistent with your blogdentity?

5 comments:

Susan Kane said...

I think you pose a question that all bloggers face. I am relatively knew at this blogging business, and feel like I am running to catch up, but I agree with you.
The A-Z fest was great for me, however. I felt stretched as a writer, I got to play with ideas out of my genre, be serious, have fun, etc.
But, I also have had to be more disciplined. I have to carve a certain amount of time for blogging, and other amounts for writing on my book.
Good question.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Gee - Do I have a blogdentity? I doubt it. I basically use my blog as a "Dear Diary". If something interesting happens, I write about it. If it pertains to my writing, I write about it.

I don't let blogs ruin my writing time, that's for sure. So I do most of my reading of and writing of blogs while at work (shhh!). It may not be the way to keep followers, but right now my writing is more important.

Jennifer Hillier said...

This is actually a really great question... you are sparking an idea for a blog post!

If I had to guess, I'd say my blogdentity is just consistently talking about my writing process as honestly as possible. I don't sugarcoat anything, and yeah, sometimes I really worry about whether or not I'm coming across as this crazy, moody person. But being in the business of writing, that's often how it feels.

Great post. Food for thought.

Taryn Tyler said...

My blog is probably one of the most inconsistant places in the blogosphere. Sometimes it has book reviews and character interviews and some times it has writing tips or bits of my poetry. Right now, for example it has a somewhat disturbing meme in which I decided to tag you if you would care to participate. Not exactly a blog fest. It doesn't have to take up room from your "budget"

Lynda R Young said...

I pick my blogfests carefully. Mainly I try to keep my blog theme to writing or social media.

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