This might be one of those ironic situations – in that I might not be able to figure out how to write this post. I’ll try. [pause for long while whilst I contemplate the amusing situation I now find myself in]. Ok back in the room. Blogging is generally easy. You write something and put it out there. But sometimes the process can catch you off guard. Sometimes you have an idea but you just can’t decide how to write it.
There is so much variety in the blogs I follow, read and even in the ones I post. This means there is something for everyone. I think the ideas are probably the easy part for most bloggers. I’m still new to it (not even 6 months in yet) but my favourite thing about blogging and blogs is the variety of ideas that people have for their blogs and in my own own, the freedom to blog about various things in my life.
Types of blogs
All sorts. Loads.
- Blogs giving advice;
- Instructional blogs;
- Meanderings of the mind and blogger’s personal thoughts;
- Blogs about lifestyle, beauty etc.;
- Travel blogs;
- Photo blogs;
- Blogs written as experienced by the blogger; and
- Blogs written purely for the reader.
Im sure this list could be bigger. What is interesting to me is that the style of writing across all these different types can vary. So when you sit down with your idea – how do you figure out what style to write it in? Up until recently, this thought had not crossed my mind. My posts don’t have much preparation put into them; maybe just a few notes over the week in my (very pretty) notebook which is for capturing thoughts. There are times when I am writing a post and I will think about the structure and what I wan’t to say. I note this down in my notebook before the typing. Although often I write in one big flow, have a little break from the screen and then do a quick edit.
There are some post I read where you can tell the blogger has put some serious research into what they are saying. I’m probably not that type but, as said, it’s all about variety. Whatever preparation (or lack of) that you put into your blogs, it only matters to how happy you are with it. I think it’s great that there aren’t any set rules. Let’s face, when writing just flows it is a really enjoyable process. After you are done and the publish button is hit (morel like gently pressed with the mouse thingy) you just hope that others then find your writing enjoyable.
When it doesn’t flow
For me this happened in a recent post. It was a personal post about an area in Edinburgh that I spend a lot of time in (my five favourite things about Stockbridge). I had the idea. I had sat in Inverleith park with my coffee and my notebook and jotted down a few of my favourite bits. So when I got home I added a new post and sat down to write it. It didn’t flow. At all! My difficulty was the style of writing. I’m honestly not sure why this happened but I started to write in a style purely for a reader. The kind of post where you see a heading like ‘5 things you should definitely see’ or something along those lines.
I like these kind of posts as they give me ideas of what to do, what products have good reviews and information on all things yoga related. I even think I have written these types of posts (kind of). But I struggled with the Stockbridge one. It started to feel like I was marketing the place. I suppose I sort of was doing this; it is a favourite for me and I think it should be for anyone visiting Edinburgh. But I definitely struggled with how that would pan out in a blog as I am no expert blogger and there are other people that do the travel blog type post with flair.
Go back to your idea
I was in a situation where I had a list of my favourite things, I had the basic idea, but I just couldn’t figure out how to say what I wanted to say. Which got me onto thinking about how I generally write. Quick check of all my posts (not that many yet!) revealed that I am generally more comfortable writing from my own experience rather than for other peoples’ experiences. Even where I have posed a question or written a ‘why’ or ‘how’ post, they are based on my own views rather than generic ones (if that even makes sense).
So in this mixed up blog of advice giving and personal experience, I think what I am trying to say is that writing can flow better when you write in a style that is comfortable to you. Learning to write in another style is something I wan’t to do. But at the moment I know that I can translate my ideas onto the screen by just thinking a little more about what I want to say. That reflection time should lead me to knowing how I want to say it. When I was stuck, I went back to the idea. Fundamentally I was wanting to write about my favourite things. So no wonder I was stuck when I started to write about what other people could think about or do. The post was just much easier to write from my own perspective.
If giving advice is where this post is ending up then my advice is that it is worth thinking about what you want to say and why you want to say it. I am now feeling like this is stating the bloody obvious. It probably is. I’m still new to blogging though so I’m happy with the obvious. It is my own perspective after all. I am also hopeful others will enjoy it 🙂