I'm going to address the first prompt, which is: Where do you see your blog in 6 months? A year from now?
I'm actually planning on changing my blog up a bit. In the past, I focused on writing a blog about parenting a smart girl with high-functioning autism/Asperger's. I wanted the blog to celebrate her quirks and help educate people on Asperger's. For the most part, I think I've been pretty successful in doing this. However, my blog hasn't always been as humorous as I would like and some of my more popular posts have been downright serious.
I feel like I've gone as far with this topic as I can. Also. my daughter is getting older and I'd like to take the autism out of my blog, so to speak. When I started this blog, I saw it as a potential entry into something bigger that could earn me an income--a book deal or becoming a speaker. This hasn't happened, and it's doubtful it ever will.
I've recently gone back into the work force, so I have less of a need to use my blog as a way to earn money.
It seems that the writing is on the wall to change the focus of my blog. I think I'm going to keep the quirky in--not just about my daughter but about me too (although I suspect I always included myself in the quirky category). So my blog will change focus into being about a quirky mother and daughter finding their way in uber-cool Los Angeles.
As part of this change, I plan on doing the occasional product review. I had shunned these in the past because I thought they detracted from the message and educational part of my blog. Now, screw that--if I get a chance to review something I think is cool, I'm going to do it!
I'm really hoping my time at the BlogHer 11 conference will give me some ideas and inspire the new direction of my blog.
If you have anything to suggest, please do so!