The first Wednesday of the month is the official Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!
When I first started my blog, it was as much for my own sanity as it was for others. I hope that doesn’t sound too selfish!
I’ve always written for my day job/career but most of my writing has not been “creative”. I do remember when I was a copywriter for Joslin’s Department Store in Denver, Colorado (think Macy’s but on a smaller scale). I wrote a few punny paragraphs about athletic shoes or dreamy text about an evening dress. The pay was horrible. I then got involved in B2B publishing after that (layout, collecting ads, classified sales and marketing promotions) so my writing aspirations fell to the wayside. I always thought I’d “get my foot in the door” through sales and marketing and then cunningly switch to the news/editorial side of magazine publishing and voilà! Voilà never happened.
I started my blog as a way to write creatively about some of my life experiences that I hoped would encourage others.
Some writers blog about a consistent topic. I, on the other hand, have covered everything from moving from a large city to a small(er) town, steps on my faith journey, pet experiences, grief/loss and home ownership to the occasional recipe. I’ve wondered if I’d have more followers if I “specialized”. I enjoy the freedom of being able to write about whatever is happening at the time and if I just wrote about one topic, what would happen on those days that I didn’t have anything useful to say?
As writers (and readers for that matter), do you prefer blogs that contain one consistent topic or do you enjoy reading memoir writing about a variety of ideas? What spurs your ideas when nothing exceptional is happening? Or, do you find a way to make the ordinary extraordinary? If so, what’s your secret in doing that?