One of the things I appreciate about some of the blogs I follow is they are so reliable in content, in layout, and stayng true to their original intent. These bloggers have maintained their blogs for many, many months, even years, and have found a way to appeal to a range of readers, and still please themselves. Corey Amaro's Tongue in Cheek, Vicki Archer's French Essence, and David Lebovitz's Living the Sweet Life in Paris are several that come to mind, and are my go-to blogs for learning more about life on the other side of the Atlantic.
But there are other blogs I enjoy because they are still evolving. These writers try out new approaches, revising their blogs to more accurately reflect what they want to say. Mary over at A Simple Life and Stephanie from Bonjour Madame have recently changed direction or added features to their blogs. Even Andi, who does this professionally, has moved Misadventures with Andi from Blogger to Wordpress in order to take her blog to the next level.
It is a challenge to find new content or come up with ideas, especially if you're not living the sweet life in Paris. I'm finding myself a bit stuck at the moment, and I'm not sure why. My original intent was to share "ways to introduce small but authentic French touches into your life." So far, I've managed to stay on message, but while I was in France it was so tempting to do the tour d'Annecy, complete with photos of shops and cafes and markets and meals. And now that I'm home, I'm resisting the urge to write about "what I did on my summer vacation."
In my attempt to stay true to my original idea, while trying to sharpen my focus, I'm considering more series writing, and, writing within specific categories. For example, Monday's posts might be about style, Tuesday posts about food, etc. I'd also like to continue to review and share books, blogs, and websites I discover, so maybe that could be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday? All in all, it's not much of a change, n'est pas? But it feels less random, and I think it will help give shape to my writing.
So, c'est une bonne idée? I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.