I used to have a Tag Cloud on my blog when I was hacking blogger to create my own tags long before the newer version came out. Although it is gone and I don’t use Del.icio.us any longer (favoring Stumble instead), I sometimes wonder about the main ideas and topics that I’m blogging about… and whether they suit the purpose of my blog. Shoot. I even wonder sometimes if I have a purpose at all. There are many days I don’t know what I’m going to post about until I open the blank box and begin to type.
I have spoken in an online conference and gave the advice that you SHOULD, indeed, have a purpose in your blogging. I firmly believe it… and yet sometimes with a personal-style blog, it is easy to drift off and lose track of that goal.
So today I looked back on the cloud list and here’s what I came up with that had enough posts to qualify as a category – the ones at the top much more frequent than the ones at the bottom:
What Sprittibee Blogs About
Arts and Crafts
That’s a pretty spread-out list. Not so easy to define. And yet totally ‘me’. It would be hard to envision my blog without any of those topics because they interest me. It is the interest and passion that fuels better posting. I mean, I wouldn’t blog about medical tools, beer flavors, dog breeds, or bikini contests because those things are better left to people who find them interesting.
One reason I started wondering about this is because I was asked to speak at BlogHer in July ~ about homeschooling and the homeschool community online. It’s something I know, I do, I blog about. They say you should stick to writing about what you know – or what you are interested in learning about. Sadly, knowing, doing and blogging about something doesn’t make me an expert, or a guru. Even so, I gave it some thought and have been really considering it. The only problem is that I’ll have a 3.5 month old infant to tote with me (leaving me with a serious need for additional adult help), and I can’t imagine where the funds would come from for air fare, hotel, and other related travel expenses. And I hate traveling without my kids (who would probably enjoy a few field trip opportunities in Chicago – somewhere we won’t probably be visiting too many times in our lives since we live in TEXAS). Taking the kids along would give me a much larger monetary setback, even though I would have much less ‘homeschool mom guilt’. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go… but if God ordains it – it will happen.
I sometimes marvel at the fact that blogs can take someone’s random personality and thoughts… and turn them in to a tool that connects and inspires others. I don’t consider myself that different from any other homeschool mom who’s out there in the trenches. I read some of my favorite homeschool bloggers’ blogs and sometimes feel like I’m just a small speck out here – typing out with a tiny voice to a blogosphere and community that is as vast as our country is large. It’s a humbling experience. So I wanted to thank you for reading… and wanted you to know that I’m just like you. Just a small part of the bigger picture…
…and that picture keeps getting more and more interesting with each new homeschool blog – each new online connection – and each new day spent sharing myself in the online world. Whatever good my blogging is doing for others can’t beat the good it does for me.