So far I have been flooded by one question from one of my bolder followers: “What’s with the two blogs?” Short and to the point, and a very good question, as teachers like to say when they don’t know the answer and are counting on class discussion to come up with something plausible.
One reason is that back in the day…maybe four years ago, when I first signed up with WordPress as a blogger…I came up with an idea for a title that I thought was nice, and I set out to develop the site. That was before I knew just what I would do with the Blog–what it would be about, and to whom it would be directed. The first thing I did was choose a theme….write an introduction, find a cool tag line.
I wanted a blog so I would have a place to share all of the great experiences I have had in my life, write opinions about all sorts of stuff, diss the press and the government and gossip about celebrities. Also to post my photographs of my cats, my homestead, my scraggly flower gardens, and more cats.
But the first blog I registered I liked so much that I did not put anything in it. It was an empty place-holder WordPress page. “Coming Soon–another brilliant Word Press Blog.”
Well, then I needed another blog, to really hold all the stuff I wanted to blog about but not necessarily clutter up my “perfect blog” with miscellany. SO I created another blog… called Sometimes, and tag-lined Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why. I knew that any blog that I would author would have to be eclectic… so as not to fence me into a niche where I would only wander out into eclectic-ness anyway, marring my serious World Changing and Vital Commentary on the meaning of life….well, you get it.
So if it’s everything/kitchen sink/junk drawer miscellaneous one is looking for…this is the place for them to be. Comments on Tough Blonde News Anchors And Their Hair–pictures of tacky looking contraptions that are actually cat shelters, on my back deck–self-serving Word Police rants and raves…bad photos of (well, anything,) and commentary about writing and blogging–it’s all here, in Sometimes.
HERE COMES THE POINT:
My Other Blog is called Welcome to My Wonderland…. and it contains exactly what my other-Other Blog contains. Up to a point, of course. Now almost all new content is added on THIS blog, which is Sometimes. Migrating to the other blog, hereafter referred to as “Wonderland” will be sort of like coming into a movie that you have already seen…except that it was so long ago that it seems new.
There are also NEW followers on Wonderland who also subscribed to Sometimes. Most are in the opposite category, being followers of BOTH blogs. If they are New the old stuff is new to them…if they are old-timers they just write me messages asking “what’s with the TWO blogs?”
My dilemma is that I don’t know where to go from here. Should I start a new content direction with the Other Blog, in keeping with its tag line “History-Discovery-Travel” (something like that) or … what?
By History, I mean historical information. I am an Historian by field, and I have years of papers and other writings from classes over a field of subjects…and some of these I would like to put out on my blog for posterity. Few will be interested in my old seminar papers from a decade ago, but I would like to put them out so that just in case anyone anytime is interested the works are available. Obviously the vast majority who have NO INTEREST at all in this material don’t have to ever look at it.
I have thousands of photos that my husband and I took over a period of many years of travel, and some are lengthy and detailed… more in some cases than would be comfortable as shorter pieces on THIS blog (Sometimes.)
Seminar papers…such as Diego Rivera, the British end to the Slave Trade…navy ships chasing sleek clipper ships…discussions such as the Cold War…Central America and the CIA… topics with limited interest. Communism, Pyramids in Mexico, the Nazis, Historiography, the U.S.Civil War. Some English papers. Newspaper feature articles. Humor (at least my version.)
Some of these topics that I have written about will be of interest to SOME of my current readers. But even in that audience very, very few will be drawn to that kind of stuff.
So…what do you think? Should I diversify OR just mix it all up in the salad bowl (no, I have not written anything about Sarah Palin,) as has been my method up to now?
IF I do start to change my content style, I would create a link system…to promote (warn?) readers when I post a more academic-intended article.
Caveat? these are not paragons of “perfect papers” they have red-penned remarks such as “you can do better than this!” “shot-gun” “can you prove this?” but also the occasional smiley face or silver star.