Marco Menato gave me some good thoughts about this blog. He said:
“More about your blog. I think the blog format remains primarily a vehicle for the expression of an individual’s POV/spirit. Your write well and have an opinion … that’s why you are readable and will have an audience. For instance, the last entry was not as gripping as the Eric eulogy precisely because you were seeking to achieve a (commendable-maybe, shared-by-many-perhaps) goal, rather than expressing your Self for the sheer pleasure of it. Note that what you received in response was mostly perfunctory support rather than highly charged emotion or structured thought…”
I am struggling to find the right focus for my blog. I want it to promote my memoir pieces about my community, and I had this idea that I could offer a service to the community by being a “Newslight” type reporter. But already that isn’t ringing true. Maybe the title and concept are all wrong for me? Maybe I should call it the name of my book:
“Special, Gifted Divine, Twenty Years in EDL Community,” or “Home to Glen Ivy.”
HOWSUMEVER, I also have essays from my family background, and I’m working on an Oregon novel. The book marketing advice to me has been to focus on just one topic. But as a person who keeps multiple journals at one time, I am starting to imagine a Word Press web site with three or four blog columns or categories–like a Sandy Brown Jensen online magazine-style representation of my mind.
I was reading my favorite blogs this morning, and I found I was attracted more to headlines like, “why do you come, yellow bird?” and “Yeats and the dusky path of a dream” and less to the “My Top 10 Tools for 2010″ type headlines, which are touted to improve SEO (search engine optimization).
Marco’s good thoughts makes me want to take it apart, rename it, give it a different theme (skin) and start over, which I am perfectly willing to do. And I probably will as I follow this dusky path of my dream…