Have You Found Your Voice?
By this, I don’t mean can you open your mouth and talk. I mean have you found you blogging voice?
I ask this question because I am coming to the end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge and I don’t know what direction to take this blog in.
This will sound very cliche: the challenges have changed me. Well, maybe not me exactly, but the blogging me. I have found that I have a voice, a different voice to the one I thought I had. Not sure if that makes sense?
I am at a crossroads and these are my thoughts.
I am going to admit now: I fear the end of the challenge, being left to my own devices without a prompt. What will I write about?
Before I started this challenge, I aimed to submit a blog post three times a week. One post based on my Instagram snaps for the week. One post on parenting. One post on my pregnancy story.
I will be honest, I don’t think the Instagram post worked for me. I also really like doing my monthly top ten post, so feel that an additional weekly post is ‘over egging the pudding’ so to speak.
Parenting posts. So much material here. The monkeys are always up to something. They make me laugh (and sometimes cry!) daily and I love to share that with you.
I will continue my pregnancy story. This is important to me and there is so much more to say on this topic. I needed a break from this previously and I am more than ready to pick this up again. There may even be some guest posts snuck in their from my nearest and dearest. Their memories are very different from mine. Their memories are clearer.
Here is the thing. The posts I have most enjoyed doing from the challenges are the ones that don’t fit into any of these three niches. My top three from the challenges are:
I pick these because I enjoyed writing them, both for cathartic reasons and because I was proud of the outcome. I would love to do more posts like these. I am guessing, though, I need to wait until inspiration hits. Let’s hope it does!
One new series I will be doing is the Parenting Scoop. I have been speaking to other bloggers and finding out about their pregnancy journey. I will start to share these fascinating stories with you from May.
When to Post?
A blog post a day isn’t something I can keep up for a long period of time. I work, have kids, a hubby, a very untidy house…. Any parenting blogger can relate, I am sure.
So what is the optimum amount of posts? I am going to be honest, I have no idea!
I think I would rather concentrate on 2 or 3 good posts a week.
So there you have it, I am currently trying to decide the direction to take.
Please let me know in the comments what you would like to read going forward.
Are you a blogger? How often do you blog and why? Do you stick to a niche?