So you want to blog but you don’t know what to write about…
How about a family journal?
Expand that idea a little and offer to share your experiences as a mother.
If you have a faith, share that as well…
And if you homeschool, you will have plenty to write about.
Maybe you could branch out and create a separate homeschooling blog just for your homeschooling stories. One day you might realise you have lots of homeschooling resources to share. Why not create a second homeschooling blog for all those useful links?
If you are creative, you could share all your projects. You could include them on your main blog, but perhaps you’d like to make a special blog just for all those inspiring ideas.
Of course, there are some things that are too personal to post on a public blog. Teenage daughter number three might not like her newly braced teeth put on public display. And you may not feel comfortable telling the world your child received a fantastic grade in her last piano exam. So you’re going to need a private family blog for all those proud moment bits of news that grandparents and aunts and uncles just love to hear about.
If you have survived a special life experience, you may like to write about it in order to connect with and help others in your situation. Perhaps a separate blog dedicated to this important mission might work.
And someone else who has a similar blog just might ask you to contribute to their blog too. Being an author of someone else’s blog is a great honour, and it has benefits too. You can concentrate on writing and there's no need to worry about the administrative details of the blog.
A friend might like your writing style and ideas and ask you to contribute to her blog.
Or you could create a blog and ask lots of like-minded people to join you as authors. You'll be helping others by creating a blogging network.
If you have been writing for some time and have lots of interesting archived articles, you could post them all on a blog. Someone somewhere might enjoy your past writings, and find them helpful. They’re better out there in the blogosphere where they can be shared, rather than hiding deep in a computer file.
What if you have written more than a few articles? A book perhaps? You could create a blog to promote that book, or even post the whole book on a blog of its own.
If you haven’t written a book, you might like to write about someone else’s book. Create a new blog dedicated to your favourite book or author and help promote and spread the word.
If you have children, help them create their own blogs. You never know when they might ask you to be a guest author.
Do you know a worthy cause that might be helped by a blog? Approach someone and let her know you are willing to create a blog for her. This option doesn’t really involve much writing so if you like designing blogs, sorting out problems and taking care of the administrative details, rather than worrying about post content, this could be just the blogging job for you.
And if all these suggestions aren’t enough for you, how about creating a photo journal blog? You can sort through all those thousands of photos in your picture files and post them in themes. You could even play about with some editing software and get creative.
I forgot one very important type of blog. You’re going to need an experimental blog where you can try out different blog designs and gadgets without messing up your real blogs.
If you don’t count other people’s blogs where you could be a guest author, that leaves 13 different blogs you could create. Lots of choice. No shortage of ideas. But how are you going to decide what type of blog suits you best?
Well… you could create all 13 blogs and experience each one. Try them all out and see which ones you enjoy most. Blogger is free, you know. It’s a viable option. It takes only a few seconds to create a blog.
What’s that I hear? No sensible person would ever create 13 blogs. Perhaps not, but did I ever say I was sensible? I am certainly not!
Did you hear my Andy Elvis Presley post won the Catholic Bloggers Network Big Clicks award for August, in the Family Journal section? Should I have shared that proud moment bit of news on our private family blog, instead of here? No. This way I can encourage you all to follow the link and get involved with the Catholic Bloggers Network... for of course, once you have created all those wonderfully interesting blogs, you'll want to share them with other bloggers.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers! These photos are of our special father and husband, taken today.