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I Need Your Help

I have been writing diligently for the last month.  As of this post, I have written 40 different articles in this blog for the month of January.  That is pretty incredible, since for the entire year in 2010 I wrote 52 posts.  I am finding it easier and easier to write.  Each day my mind fills up with thoughts about what I could write about.  This is becoming an issue for me.  I have so many things I write about that I seem to be lacking focus.

Today, I read a great blog post by Molly Campbell titled Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Writing.  Within this article there were several great tips, and the very first one on the list was one I have seen hundreds of times across the web.  It says that if you are going to blog, and generate a loyal following of readers, you must decide what your blog is about.  You have to decide who you want your audience to be, and to write for them.  She goes on with this tip by stating very simply “You cannot be all things to all people”.  With all of this in mind you should seek to be consistent..

After reading this I took a step back.  I set up this blog as a great writing experiment.  I wanted to discover whether I had the chops to write, and whether anyone would like what I had to write.  Judging from all of the gracious responses, and the words of encouragement I have received, it would seem that many people like my style, and what I have written about.

Here is where the quandary begins.  I write about A LOT of different subjects.  Just look at my header above and you will see a plethora of subjects I have submitted things on.  You know what I don’t see up there?  I don’t see a unified focus (do you?).  I don’t see a purpose to my blog.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have a very diverse liking of all things, and I am always at the ready to offer my view on any number of subjects.  I just don’t want to be a jumble of words on an electronic page.  I want to find purpose, and a focus.

So, here’s where you come in.  I would like some help in pinning down that “focus”.  You guys come here to read my work.  You have found something you like here.  What I want some help with is, determining what my focus appears to be.  I am like a horse with the blinders on and need your help in driving me in the right direction.

What were your favorite posts of mine?  Where are my strengths?  Areas I could improve on?  I am laying myself open here because I want to really develop my craft.  I have a deep passion for writing, and I want to make myself better.  You can help me get better by giving me your unabashed critique of my blog.  Put it all out there.  Don’t worry, I’m not so high on myself to assume there is not something I can do to improve or tweak to make myself a better writer.

I am looking forward to getting that feedback.

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

5 Responses to I Need Your Help

  1. Patti says:

    I’ve been wondering about this same thing and I’m still not too sure what I think about it. One of the things I liked about your blog was that it was NOT about just one thing, but was neatly divided up so that people could pick and choose what to read. I don’t want to read about the same things every day and I don’t think I want to write about the same things every day. I understand that a focused blog is probably more likely to develop a “fan base” or something like that – but I don’t know…I’ll get back to you if I think there’s one thing that you should ramble on about more than anything else.

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Thanks for the feedback Patti…I was thinking a lot about this yesterday after I wrote this up…I think you might be right on that too…

  2. Becky says:

    I don’t think you have to limit yourself to one topic to stay focused. Let me explain. One of my favourite type of blogs is a mom-blog, and I don’t know what the technical term is, that’s just what I call them. They’re blogs that feature attractive photos of smiling, sleeping, playing, reading, focused, having-fun children – the BLOGGER’S children – and musings on life as a mother. Some are topic-driven, yes. For instance, one I follow is a blog about how to make each day magical with kids, and includes lists of activities to try, links to blogs where other creative moms have posted neat crafts, and more. But still others are simply, “This is my life – welcome to it.”

    In other words, your “focus” could be MIKE. What is Mike thinking about today? What has he gone through? What conversation did he overhear at the coffee shop this morning? What happened when he got stuck in the elevator at work last week? Where is he going on vacation in March? What did he dream about last night that had a strange coincidental tie-in to the day that followed? What did a stranger say to him at the gas station that made him think? What website did he discover while suffering from insomnia last night and thought it was fascinating enough to share? What kind of car is he shopping for now that his trusty old one is on its last leg? What did he just learn how to repair? What new video game did his teenage nephew just introduce him to?

    See what I’m saying? It can be a blog about MIKE but doesn’t have to be only “Mike’s thoughts on science” or “Mike’s musings on family” or “Mike’s favourite websites.”

    But then…I’m no expert. 🙂

    • Mike Lemons says:

      I definitely see what you are saying there and it makes a whole lot of sense…that’s kinda the feedback I am looking for too…there is a focus there…I just wasn’t seeing it

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