People who equate truth with fact are missing the point.

Is there any such animal?

So it seems to me, as an avid reader of blogs big and small, that most of them have a topic. There are a gazillion blogs that are about the family of the writer, of course, but there are blogs about politics, weight loss, home remodeling, books, etc., ad infinitum. I like all those blogs, but I wonder: is it OK to have a blog that’s about anything and everything?

I kinda sorta try to write mostly about Carter, and that probably won’t stop, because he tends to be front-and-center in my life. Anybody with a child with disabilities knows how that goes. But I also want to write about current events, the mess that my extended (and not so extended) family has become, my childhood, my personal struggles with mental illness, my experiences with co-parenting, step-parenting, and blended family life, my dogs, my faith, decorating my house, books, my lost career, and plenty of other things I can’t remember.

So I’m wondering, does anyone have any interest in reading such an unfocused blog? Not that I have many readers now, but when they come, I hope they’ll come again. Bottom line, am I an interesting enough person, and a good enough writer, to keep people coming back?

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7 comments to Is there any such animal?

  • Maddie

    a seinfeld blog (blog about nothing)!
    I’ll read it, I’m interesting in all sorts of things!

  • I think that in order to have a blog about anything and everything, you need to have a really strong personality/identity that shines through. For example, one of my favorite bloggers, Bitch,PhD has an identity as a kick-butt feminist, academic. Now, she writes about all sorts of stuff, from her son to her garden to her husband (and her boyfriend) to politics. But it works because she has established a very clear online personality.

    For people who aren’t strong writers (and I’ve never read your blog, so I have no idea what kind of writer you are), it works better to have a focus. Otherwise, it’s just like reading some random person’s personal ramblings, which I don’t find particularly interesting.

  • Oh, wait!

    You wrote “Love With Teeth”??!

    I just read that yesterday. You are a terrific, thoughtful writer! Write whatever you want.

  • Anonymous

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • Thanks, all! That’s very encouraging.

  • I just found my Brain, Child under the heap of mail. Like others I have to thank you for writing the truth about parenting, and writing it so movingly and elegantly.

    My midwife told me something that became a sort of mantra when people would tell me how they just did this or that and it worked and how I should try it. “Parents of easy children think they have all the answers.” I’d say it to myself as I smiled and nodded at the advice.

    As for blogging focus or not focus…I’m still trying to figure that out, too.

  • Um, yes!!! Of course, as a writer of a blog of similar nature (the whole anything and everything deal), I am a staunch and strong supporter of this format. Bring it on! You are absolutely, positively an engaging enough writer to carry that off and keep people coming back for more.

    Of course, you’ve already learnt that you are quite successful at this, but I felt the need to throw in my support nonetheless.

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