… to give me some ideas.
Last week, I was scrolling through Twitter and ran across a friend’s post pondering why she blogs:
But if I sit here and be completely honest with myself, am I really posting just for family and friends? The answer would be no. I like the attention. I like when I receive a comment, a like on facebook, or a mention on twitter.
I can relate to a lot of that and it got me thinking. It’s no secret that I often struggle with the direction I want my blog to go. It seems to have a little bit of everything without a lot of anything. It started out as a way to document my trials and tribulations along the way on my cross-country trip. It’s been lighthearted, humorous, serious, humbling. It’s dabbled in college football, running, personal endeavors, social commentary, and everything in between.
I’ve kept a blog since 2002 at one site or another. My first one (TigerTown) lived from November 2002 through April 2006. Typing this entry up, I’m actually a little bummed to find out EasyJournal isn’t around anymore, meaning all of my old entries are gone. The only proof is at the Internet Archive. It’s a little embarrassing to read, actually. The next iteration jumped over to LiveJournal (ClemsonNanu) from September 2007 to August 2010. It’s slightly less ridiculous to read than the EJ one but not by much. And that finally brings us to WordPress (NanusNation) which has been going strong since September 2010. I’m actually pulling double duty right now, since my daily journal is still going strong.
I write online for several reasons. It keeps my family members updated on areas of my life we might not talk about often. My grandmother subscribes to the blog. My dad reads from Alaska. Even at my step mom’s parents’ anniversary, one of my step uncles started browsing and enjoyed learning more after just meeting me. It allows me the opportunity to go back and retrace my steps in whatever may have been going on in my life at the time of each entry. In true Internet fashion, I’ve written to convey messages to people reading I didn’t want to discuss in person. I’ve dropped hints. I’ve burned bridges. But also, I write because I’m self-centered and selfish. If you’re reading this, that means I’ve won out over any number of other things you could have been reading or doing. Somewhere along the way, you have decided that my words are worth more than something else. And that’s pretty cool.
Which is why I need your help. Help me help you!
I’m thinking of making a rough schedule for blog posts. Think of those blogs you read that post a Friday round-up of links from the author’s favorite articles, sites, and other Internet phenomena of the week… only less like a lazy day of no original content (zing!) and more like a basic framework for which my thoughts have to fit on certain days. Vague enough to be flexible but specific enough to provide some basic level of expectation. The main goal is that it will keep me posting on a more consistent basis without getting bored by focusing on one or two topics. It will make similar topics with different subjects on different days.
More blogs for you. Less monotony for me.
It’s a win-win situation!
Some ideas I’ve kicked around for topics are:
- Recommendations (reading, movies, shows, places in Charlotte, whatever!)
- Sports (Clemson? Charlotte teams? Sports I might get involved in?)
- Books (I just signed up on Goodreads tonight and I’m determined to catalog everything!)
- Exercise (Toying with signing up at the YMCA or YWCA once I get my apartment)
- Volunteering (I’m trying to work at an animal shelter here and maybe some political organizations?)
- Social issues or current events
- Thought provoking Internet articles
- More pictures?
- More trips?
- More personal stories?
So what you got, Internet?