Don’t be afraid to blog about a variety of topics.
Conventional blog wisdom says: “Pick a narrow topic, one subject, and stay on target with every post. If you stray and blog about other things, you will lose readers and effectiveness.”
I don’t know about you, but there’s no topic I am so interested in that I never want to discuss others. So while I enjoy apologetics and think it is valuable, days and even weeks sometimes go by where I am not cogitating on any apologetical arguments.
With me, typically waves of ideas come: these two weeks it’s single life, dating, marriage; the next two weeks its the canon of Scripture; the next it’s Eastern Orthodoxy or agrarianism or the sad state of Catholic parish music, and so on.
It’s shows you are human when you blog about a variety of topics.
I always love reading Jimmy Akin’s blog because you never know whether it will be something about science fiction, Catholic apologetics, or low-carb recipes. Granted, I couldn’t care less about low-carb cooking, so I just skip over those posts. Big whup.
If I lose readers because someone is interested in apologetics but not agrarianism, then oh well. I say to them (like the Southwest Airlines’ CEO said to a customer who didn’t like the way they did business): “You will be missed.” Because to stay sane I want to blog about diverse topics.
That said, I don’t advocate blogging about all manner of disparate hobbies you may have. If you like model airplanes and, say, quilting, by all means start two different blogs. But if your interests center around something important–like your Catholic Faith–bringing them all into one blog can create a tasty blend of spices that complement each other.
The main goal is to keep writing. Your one-topic blog will not reach anyone if you quit blogging due to boredom and everyone stops reading. I started this blog in ’05 as a grab-bag of whatever I was thinking about at the time, and since that time it has evolved and meandered and slowly found its niche. Through blogging about a variety of topics over the years, I have found what I’m interested in (and where that overlaps with your interests).