How does a blogger highlight every area of his or her life, without bringing the blog out of focus?
The short answer is, a blogger can’t. Many blogging experts have provided the research that miscellaneous blogs with random daily topics don’t succeed. There needs to be some sort of focus to the writing, to create a community of readers around that blog.
For me, my blog is centred around my personal mission: “Serving Christ by cultivating biblical leadership through writing, teaching and communications.” So, my highlighted themes are based in biblical Leadership, Writing, Teaching and Communications. These four areas seemed to have dove-tailed nicely within a community of readers.
This being said, I have so many more interests, hobbies and daily enjoyments. I wanted to feature a few of them on my blog, without turning my blog into a website of random articles.
Like many bloggers, my About page does mention some of my other interests to show who I am as a person, outside of my blog. Nevertheless, because these interests are a part of my life so frequently, they do drift in and out of the occasional blog post. I needed a place to categorise these posts without taking away from my main blog objectives.
This is why yesterday, I finally decided that I need to create an Other Interest page and drop-down menu.
In order to keep a single line of drop-down menus, I moved my Contact page under the About menu. I’ve always been contacted through a post comment or social media anyway; so I’m not that worried about moving it. Then I simply took the 3 most written about other interests found in my blog and categorised them accordingly.
If you have the time, I’d greatly appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to leave your comments below this post or under any of the Other Interest pages or posts. Alternately, click Contact to connect with me personally.
Are you interested in coffee, creation or motorcycles? What do you like about any of these 3 topics?
Photo Credit: N. Norton, Calgary, AB