First off, despite the very misleading title, I am not about to tell anyone else what they should and should not blog about. Blog about whatever you want people. What I actually want to talk about is the way we decided what to or not to blog about. And by we, what I actually me is me.
When I started this blog my intention was to have a space where I could talk explore non-parenting topics. Food, politics, the environment, media and issues for society. And whatever else that took my fancy. I was on maternity leave and wanted an outlet for the part of me that I was missing not being at work. At first, I did blog about food and politics a bit, but as the saying goes ‘write what you know’ and soon this blog became (whisper it with me now) a mommy blog. Not that there is anything wrong about that. I love what I write about and the mommy blogging community is full of amazingly smart, witty and fascinating women.
That being said, I want to expand my writing beyond just the typically parenting topics. I want to write about whatever I find interesting. But here are some of the considerations that are influencing what I write about.
There are some topics that are just taboo to me. They may not be taboo to you. But, I am personally a bit wary of the very public nature of the interwebs. I have mentioned before online that I assume it would take about 5 minutes with google for someone to do enough sleuthing to figure out the details of who I am. And if I, I don’t know, decided to run for Prime Minister (not going to happen) or something, I would hate for this blog to come back and bite me in the butt. More realistically, I work in a Career Centre and I work with employers, I know they check out candidates online. What if someone didn’t want to hire me because I spout off online about something they considered taboo?
Back to the point, there are some topics that are a bit taboo. I have thought about writing about the big truck that drives around my city with a very graphic pro-life picture on it. But do I really want to go there on the very public interwebs? Talk about a fire keg of a topic.
Less fire keg, but also kinda taboo- I don’t tend to write much of anything about my job, other then off the cuff mentions of what I do. Because this is a personal blog and I think there is a certain level of confidentiality that should be observed.
And lastly, there are the ‘immaturely squirmish about’ topics. Jen over at the Arblog recently wrote a great review on the Diva cup, a feminine hygiene product I have been using for years. And I felt weird just tweeting it. Which is silly when you think about it, as was pointed out to me.
The same old, same old (but important):
The next category of blog topic influencers is the topics I seem to keep coming back to. These are the ones that keep drawing me in, but are making me feel like I write the same thing over and over again. Breastfeeding/formula feeding, judgment and the mantra the every kid is different and therefore what works for one kid/family won’t always work for an other. These themes dominate my blog. Try as I might to leave them be, I just keep going back. Important messages for sure, but I have so much more to say.
Oh and complaining about being busy. That too has become a theme, much to my chagrin.
Oh my limited brain power (whereby I continue to complain about being busy despite my chagrin):
As I mentioned above, when I started this blog I wanted to talk about all sorts of things. And I still do. But to talk about all sorts of things going on the the world I need to have the time to listen and pay attention to all the things going on in the world. I used to (pre baby) watch the national news every night. Now I can’t remember the last time I watched a news program or read the paper. My brain power is focused on just running the gauntlet of daily duties, and has little space for musing on all things interesting.
I don’t know why… but I feel pretty comfortable spouting off my opinions related to motherhood with no research into the topic what so ever. I don’t consult the experts (or I do and then I disagree), I just write.
But when it comes to topics like politics, the environment and large societal issues, I don’t feel comfortable writing about them when I haven’t, for example, watched a nightly national news program or read a newspaper in months. I feel these topics need to be researched and, well, I just don’t have time for that.
I have no illusions or intentions regarding this blog. My goal is not to be popular and I am 100% sure ‘amoment2think’ will never become a household name. That’s not the point. But I guess my point is: What do you, as a reader of this blog, want to read about? (This is where you do my job for me and give me all sorts of great ideas and topic suggestions. kthx. ) But also: If you have a blog, how do you decide what to write about? How do you branch out from an ‘established’ pattern? Where are your lines regarding what you will write about?