That’s how many post drafts I have in my Dashboard right now. The ironic thing is that even though they range in subjects from recipes to parenting, I literally have nothing to write about today. Have you ever had one of those moments in blogging or writing where you have everything to write about, but don’t exactly know how to center your thoughts to write about any of them. I think that’s one of the hardest things about blogging for me sometimes. I have so many ideas for posts and many of them either remain as drafts or never even get put into draft form. When I post, I put a lot of effort into, so if I feel like I can’t put the effort in, whether it be time, research, creating a graphic, then I don’t post.
Maybe I shouldn’t be worried about things like not having a graphic for a post, but its important to me. I really feel like it adds value to my posts. I personally prefer to read posts that have at least some sort of graphic, photo, video, or piece of visual stimulation, so I’m certain that others do as well. When it comes down to research, I tend to post a good bit of informative posts, so its essential that I do my research and insure what I’m posting is not only accurate, but up to date. I don’t just want a post that has a catchy title, but no real useful or accurate information. I figure people see the title and that what gets them to click over to my blog, but the content is what gets them to stay and come back. The goal for me is not just to have a large readership, but to create a sense of trust, community, and engagement. We can only thrive through interaction, so if I don’t create a place to do that here on my blog, it won’t exist. Interaction and engagement is everything!
I think if anything, as I look forward to 2015, especially from a blogging standpoint I have so many new goals in sight. I have a new vision for my blog, new brand, and mission. I’ll still be chronicling my life as a mother, and in general as a woman in today’s world. However, I’ll be writing more about my passions, while extending my knowledge to fellow bloggers. I think when you have 55 drafts that are all over the place, you realize a lot about yourself. I realize that I am all over the place, and that I want to tailor myself and content a bit more. While I love being a nicheless blogger, I still need to have a purpose and angle that I write on. This time next year, instead of having 55 drafts, I want to have 55 posts in place of those drafts up on the blog providing useful content to readers. For me it’ll go beyond cleaning house in my drafts folder, its time to clean house on my brain and focus myself. I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but its necessary. Sometimes the necessary things in life are the hardest, but have the biggest payoff!