I attempted to make a “comeback” of sorts earlier last week, but it didn’t work out- my WordPress app or internet signal let me down and only published half the post I had written. Oh well. Some read what little was published, and i’m sure several didn’t. Regardless, I will take another swipe at it now. If you did read my post “How My Blog Has Given Value to Me” and found that it left you with more questions than answers, I’m sorry, and please come back again.
My wife and I met with Brian Harris of Tennessee Right to Life, our state chapter of the national Right to Life organization. We have been praying and seeking ways to live out our pro-life values. I will give you more on that soon. What immediatley jumped out to me was how much value my blog has provided for me in the form of building my reputation, my “personal brand,” as it’s called. After reading my email and inviting us to meet with him about pro-life work in Tennessee, Brian found my blog. We made an immediate connection as a result of my written work being “out there.”
This tweet captured my recent feelings about my blog. But I’ve realized that a tool that has provided so much value to me cannot long be relegated to the back burner. I have been considering the following three important factors that either will draw you in to this blog, or repel you from this blog.
Direction: It is difficult for me to stay focused in one direction. Faith, family, and fatherhood beg to be approached from multiple perspectives. I have wide ranging interests and several topic ideas at any given time. But what makes Google, and you, like my blog is that the content has a specific direction in the way it addresses challenges and presents solutions in my area of expertise. So which direction am I to go?
Tone: With all the challenges facing fathers and families today, I read the news and often get in a mood to just SCREAM! Phrases come to mind that beg to be blasted out into cyberspace as I enter rant-mode. But that isn’t the tone I want to transmit- neither is it the tone you want to receive. Sure, indignation is appropriate at times, but I can be indignant without yelling at you. So I have considered my tone during my recent hiatus from blogging. Have I decided what tone to take?
Purpose: I have recently begun putting down ideas for a book. I have struggled over whether to start a new site just for the book. When the time is right, I have decided that I will do so. I have other interests, and have wondered if they are appropriate to integrate into this blog, or if I should start another blog for those ideas. And I have decided that I will start at least one new blog (stay tuned). This blog, glengaugh.com, has abundantly provided a forum for my ideas, advice, and creativity, and like my recent encounter with a previously total stranger, given me visibility and a reputation that I discover is spreading on a regular basis. The purpose here has been clearly defined, and I don’t want to taint that purpose.
Thanks for reading my blog. And keep coming back as I strive to improve it. Let me know what you think about the content, and I’ll keep trying to perfect it. God bless!
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