Heady after #reverb10 and feeling overly ambitious (what is it about the New Year that does that to us?), I and many of my blogging friends signed up for the WordPress Post a Day Challenge. At the same time, a fair number of people in the #sachat community started blogging. 19 days into January and my RSS feed, email, and Twitter messages are filling up with “what should I write about” questions. And I am feeling the same way. My friend Colleen put it well:
Posting daily has been challenging. I get a daily prompt which poses a question, comment or something to respond to, but often I feel it’s a little silly or really not worth writing about.
She asked her readers to let her know what they’d like to read about, which is a good solution. She also noted that what’s difficult for her is that she doesn’t blog about work — and given that one spends a lot of time at work, that takes away a lot of possible content.
I have also struggled with the “what to write about” issue since starting this blog. On the one hand, I have very definite opinions about most everything, but am not always sure that expressing them in such a public space is a good idea. I would also like to write more about teaching, but am not sure how I feel about having my students read those posts (and I know some of them do read this blog). Family’s off limits because my mom reads this (hi, Mom!). And I hesitate to write about my daily routine or life because I wonder how interesting that would be for folks (I say this despite the fact that I love to read about other people’s lives). At this point you may be wondering why I started a blog in the first place and that’s a fair question. Mostly it was because I thought I had something to say, but now I’m trying to figure out how much of that something to say in such a public forum.
What do other bloggers do? How do you decide how much to share and where to draw the line? Or what to write about? Please leave thoughts, tips, etc. in the comments!