Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Blog Social--What Will be the Future of My Blog?

As if going to the BlogHer 11 Conference later this week wasn't already enough, I'm participating in the Summer Blog Social hosted by Jessica at Four Plus an Angel and Liz from a belle, and bean, and a chicago dog. Check out this virtual conference! It's a really cool idea where you can address one of three tracks: Advice for Others, Advice for Me, or Waxing Philosophical and Other Stuff. So far, the track that's being used the least is the third one on waxing philosophical. Of course, that's the track I most want to follow. After a year and a half of blogging, I still don't feel like I have any worthy advice to give to other bloggers. While I could certainly use some advice, I liked the writing prompts under the waxing philosophical category.

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!

16 comments:

  1. Good plan! I love that you have a direction for where you want to go. I've always enjoyed your writing style. : )

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  2. Whoops! Wasn't actually ready to post that comment yet...anyways, I was going to say my only advice would be to stay true to yourself, which I'm sure you'll do. With that, you can take the blog in whatever direction you want to.

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  3. Aw - I wish I were going to BlogHer. I plan to link up a bit later. Anyway, your goals sound great. I, myself, might be getting more into the foodie posts since that what seems to interest people. I guess you can't help but change your blog as time evolves it. Good luck!

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  4. Wow, I envy you so much, I wish I could attend BlogHer too. But all these conferences are too far away.
    I think it's good to take the blog to new places when you find the time for the 'old' one is over. Just don't rush into something before you're not completely convinced.

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  5. I think it's normal for a blog to change course over time. I think it's really great that if you feel your original intent has run its course, that you're going to be proactive about changing.

    Good luck with your new direction and have a great time at BlogHer!

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  6. Great plan! It's fun to see how blogs evolve as their writers change and grow.

    See you soon!

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  7. I think it's good and healthy for a blog to grow, or it's going to become too stagnant and you're going to quit..that is the bottom line! It's like anything else..the more you learn about it, the more it will change. And definitely take the sponsored opps! I didn't for a long time because I felt "sell out-y" but there is NOTHING wrong with it.

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  8. I think good blogs are constantly evolving so I applaud you for moving in a different direction! It keeps things interesting.

    Jealous you're going to BlogHer and hope you will post about it for those of us staying home!

    ;-)

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  9. I can't wait to see the new direction unfold. My blog has changed a lot as a grew and changed.

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  10. I think it's only natural for our blogs to change shape as our lives do. I LOVE the idea of a quirky mom-daughter duo finding their way in LA.

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  11. This is so freakish and bizarre. This morning as I sat on the deck going through my gratitude & sending goods thoughts list, you came to mind. I wondered how much longer you'd keep writing about Asperger's since your daughter is growing up and may want a bit more privacy.

    Glad to hear you're switching gears, regardless of your reasons.

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  12. I guess it's good to evolve over time since we as people are constantly evolving as well! I love the new direction that you've chosen for your blog!

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  13. I love that about blogging, that you can change as you go. Your new direction sounds fun. I'm still trying to find my exact niche. I'm a little too random right now. Maybe randomness should be my niche-ha!

    Have fun a Blogher!

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  14. I think it's smart to be adaptable and to be open to changing up your blog. Good luck with the transformation...and I hope you have a great time at BlogHer11!

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  15. I hope you have an awesome time at BlogHer! Sounds like you've got a great plan! Look foward to seeing it unfold!

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  16. I have to say, I'm going to miss the talk about your daughter and parenting with a challenge. I found this blog not too long ago while looking for ways to relate to my nephew, who also has autism. Your writing has given me a new perspective on him, and I have really enjoyed reading about her growing and learning and testing her boundaries.

    That said, I think it's good to reassess your purpose and find the right direction at the right time. I bet you'd make an excellent Marketing Manager.

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