Let’s Have Some Range …
When I headed back into blogging territory recently, there were two aims. One was to explore the methods used for SEO and Monetization (was doing a project about that for a friend). I’m reasonably up to speed on that now.
The other aim is simple: I like to write!
But I need some range. I feel too confined to just do Tech all the time. I don’t like telling myself to shelve some idea just because it’s more on my Creative side.
My Epiphany is simple: write about whatever the fuck I want. Use good categories and lead-in links so that some readers only see my Tech stuff, or only Creative, and so on. I’ll be damned if I am going to feel hemmed in on my own blog.
But What About The Pros?
A couple of hours after my little moment of Clarity (but had not mentioned it to anyone), a good friend wrote me to nudge me in the same direction. It was as if she were reading my mind! Her quote was “I love love LOVE seeing the multi-facetness of people”.
The Exalted Blogging Pros would probably say “stick to one topic” or “start another blog”. My friend and I call BS. I don’t have 1000’s of readers and am not aiming to make a living at this. I had thought about starting a second blog, but I’d rather have “some” readers all in one place, instead of a “few” in two. Maybe they’ll get into a Gang Fight, a la Sharks vs Jets, over in some Comments Section. I’d fucking make popcorn to watch that.
A constant for me (at least with Computers and Photography) is to learn the rules, and then know which ones to break and when (sometimes you might return from a function in multiple places, and you don’t always have to shoot a photo “full frame”). This is another case of that, so I say “To Hell With Conventional Blogging Wisdom!” (laughing to myself, because there is a perceptible feeling of casting off some writing handcuffs)
So, what happens now?
Oh, I lose a couple of folks perhaps – perhaps they are firmly rooted in some Blogging Conventional Wisdom, or they don’t like me swearing. Oh Well 🙂 I’d rather pick up some new readers that are happy to follow any or all of the range of things I choose to write about. That feels more Real to me.
I do need to work on my main web page, to make a couple of obvious lead-ins for Creative and Technical. Hold me to it!
I also want to have some Guest Posts. I have a pleasant surprise in store on that front!
The other thing to say is: Yes, of course I will still do Tech Posts. I’ve been paying attention to it almost every day since 1977, and am very much a generalist and still into it. I just dont want to pigeonhole myself as only writing Tech.