My mother, a blogging novice, has recently discovered that I author this blog. She summed it up like this: “Most blogs are just a bunch of family photos, but yours… well… you blog about whatever you want to, don’t you…” she said, almost accusingly.
It’s true. I blog about whatever I want. Everything from my random daily activities, house projects, and mormonism, to urban planning, biking, and whatever else I feel like writing about. My decision to include topics about whatever i want keeps this blog firmly within the “personal blog” realm.
Sometimes I think about splitting this thing up into about 12 different blogs – separate blogs for bikes, mormonism, planning, etc. The tricky thing about mashing all these unrelated topics into a single blog is that there is guaranteed to be nobody that is actually interested in everything I post. I might write the best posts ever about sidewalks, but people that want to read about sidewalks don’t want to have to wade through a bunch of my ‘home improvement’ posts to get to the content they’re interested in. Mish-mashing all my favorite topics into a single blog almost guarantees that not many people will become regular followers of the blog.
Since the only consistent element across all posts is that I write them – the only people I can reasonably expect to be interested in all my posts are people who know me personally – and even then, not really. A good friend summed it up nicely in an email. He wrote, “I read like 3/4 of the way through that post before thinking…wait this is about a pedestrian crossing in St Louis Park, what I am doing?”
So basically, the only person who could possibly be interested in reading everything I post is my mother – maybe my wife. If I want a larger audience, I’ll have to create spinoff topical blogs…. What do you think, readers? Good idea? Bad idea? Is there any topic in particular you’d like to see spun off?