“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that writer trying to get published must be in want of a blog.” -Jane Austen (Seriously. It’s from one of her lesser-known works . . .)
Ah, blogs. We all have them. We all struggle from time to time with how to fill them. We love them. We hate them. We feel like we have to keep them up, (it’s called a platform, people!) but some days we kind of want to set a match to the thing. Indeed, blog angst is one of the time-honored rites of passage for a writer.
Eventually, however, one of two things happens: the blog either dies a slow death, or the writer finds her groove.
I’ve noticed a few common types in blogs, (though most have aspects of all.) Which one are you?
1. The Advice Blog-These are usually pretty popular, because who doesn’t want/need advice?
2. The Entertainer-Sometimes witty, sometimes silly. Occasionally, adorned with cute animal photos.
3. The Forum-This blog brings up interesting or hot topics of the writing world in the hopes of stirring up some stimulating debate in the comment’s section.
4. The Random Pontificator/Online Journal-Random would be the operative word here.
And even the dreaded:
5. Blag (or Brog)-Where the author makes sure to keep us up to date on his or her latest, gleaming triumph. And . . . that’s pretty much the only reason they ever post.
As for me, I’ve noticed my blog has fallen snugly into the category of Random Online Journal. I hardly ever try to think of post topics, I just blog when I have thoughts or news or the rare rant. Whatever’s on my mind. I rarely feel that intense pressure to post anymore. (The fact that my last post was almost three weeks ago is strong evidence of this.) The truth is, I’ve come to realize that if I’m scraping to think of a post, it probably won’t be that good. And if that means I only post once a week, I’m thinking that’s just fine.
What about you? What’s your bloggy groove?