updating the blog, part 3 (or: oh, what will the future bring?)
I told you in the last two posts (part one and part two of today’s effort to update the blog) that I need you to answer a question. Actually, I need your help with a decision.
I started this blog as a writing blog, to have a place where I can put my word pictures and moan about not being able to finish any writing project. And that’s pretty much what we have here. Alright, sometimes I slip in something totally personal, like telling you of my dog’s lumbago or of how wonderful it is to meet friends. But all-in-all, this is mainly a writing-related blog.
However, I’m also very much into music, and a while ago, when I was still living in London, instead of in the middle of nowhere, as I do now, and was therefore in the position to experience a lot of live music, I started a music blog. It’s called Cresting the Sounds. Go and have a look if you want, but unfortunately, it’s not very lively. Not at all, actually.
That’s not because I don’t have anything to say about music – on the contrary, I have so much to say that I can talk about it the whole evening, no matter if the people I’m with are interested or not. I have no mercy in that respect. The problem is more… I don’t know. I feel I’m neglecting one when I look after the other. Does that make sense?
Well, I also like other things. Like photography. Like travelling. So, being the (sometimes) methodical person I am, I immeditely (read: one day when I was bored) rushed to install two more blogs, Cresting the Light and Cresting the Waves. Yep, I’m crazy, I know. And yes, the photography one only has two pictures and the other one is empty. I’m telling you, this was just an idea.
Maybe you can already tell where this is leading, but if you can’t, I’ll be more explicit. I have three options and I’d like your advice on what to do:
Option A: Continue with what I’m doing here and just forget about the others.
Option B: Try and build the others up (slowly, one by one) and try and juggle multiple blogs and hope they don’t interfere with one another.
Option C: Combine. Integrate travelling, phtography and music here.
So, what’s your opinion? Are blogs better when they are topical? Or does it add to them when they are about a multitude of topics? And what should I do?
Posted on September 13, 2012, in day-to-day and tagged advice, blog, blogging, surfing light, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Personally I would go with the third option. Having more than one blog can be distracting and you may not be able to focus on them equally, and before you know it you may start neglecting some of them, which would be a shame. =[ Besides, if you go with the third option, you’d have a variety of topics to choose from and you’d be able to update frequently!
Thank you so much for your input! I’ve been leaning towards that option, but I don’t like blogs that are too fussy and too diverse myself, so it’s good to get some feedback on that. I’ll just have to work on making it non-fussy. 🙂
I think you should integrate them all into the blog. It will give your readers a well-rounded presentation of you and your talents. Don’t worry too much about the blog seeming like a hodge-podge, the talent that you feel the most affinity toward will naturally shine through.
True. And in a way, it’s all writing anyway (writing about writing or writing about music…). Thank you for your input, I was worrying about if it would get too chaotic, so it’s nice to hear what you think!
I’ve actually been facing a similar dilemma. My blog started out as just a writing blog. Then I added book reviews, and I’ve been wondering if maybe I should have a separate blog for those and have that just be my review blog (so I can review things other than books). Then I also have my political blog, which I haven’t updated in like months, and I had been contemplating having three different blogs and trying to keep them all going at once. Now, though, I’ve decided to just keep the two and try to build up the second one (the political one) and just stick to book reviews.
I think that if the topics are completely unrelated (or at least mostly unrelated, like my writing/political blogs), then you should keep them separate. However, writing and photography and music all relate to art and expressing feelings, so I think it would make sense to make that all one blog, especially since it’s not like you’re switching out of the blue. I say go for it and make it all one blog. 🙂
Thank you so much for your input! I like your argument about most of these things being art anyway, and you’re right, they probably do go together rather well. For some reason my mind likes to keep digital things very ordered and compartmentalized (very strange, because I’m quite chaotic in real life), but it does make so much more sense to put them all together and not worry about it anymore.
As for your dilemma… I can see where writing fiction and politics might be hard to combine, but I definitely think writing and book reviews go totally together. After all, we learn from the books we read!