Many of us start our blogs as diaries, a place carved out on the web for our dreams, thoughts, sometimes rants, and a few crazy memes. These blogs are created by the hour, last for a while, and usually die in a year or so.  However the blogs need focus, and a purpose.  You won’t create a blog that people want to keep reading if your readers can’t pinpoint what your blog is about.

I’ll admit, I’ve changed lanes a few times with DWF.  That’s how you find your strengths, by testing out what works and what flops. When I first started, I really wasn’t hoping for anything more than a place to freewrite, think things through, and create something of my own.

However as I have grown as a blogger, I have become more certain of how things should and shouldn’t go.

If your blog was a person, who would it be?

Would your blog be a sweet Mommy with cute crafts, recipes, stories about adorable children?

Would it be a traveler with a suitcase always packed and ready for the next adventure, photos of your last trip to Peru?

Perhaps your blog would be a sophisticated designer, lovely images of fashion week’s latest trends and the latest style must-haves.

When I think of what DWF would be as a person, she’s cool with a bit of weird. She loves lattes in warm sunny patios filled with greenery and a water fountain. She is a seeker of adventure, travels around the world, loves food and unusual places. She is creative, free, and even an introvert.  But then I realize that is actually me, Crysta.

One of the things that I love about freewriting is that you dig in deep, pull out a story to tell, and share it with those who love a good bard’s tale. Sometimes those stories are about childhood memories, a realization about life that suddenly becomes clear, or a thought about the importance of certain people in your life.

Dancing With Fireflies has become a travel, food, and freewriting blog. I love talking about my adventures, sharing amazing food finds, and I will always be a storyteller at heart.

Your blog doesn't have to be simple. Like ourselves, our blogs are often a reflection of who we are as unique people and that is what draws readers in.

Express yourself, be authentic!  Find your spark and dance!



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12 thoughts on “Changing Focus and Gaining Strength as a Blogger”

  1. My blog idea HAS changed over the years…finding out by trial and error what communities I relate more to…and to avoid blunders with others. Well-thought out post. worth reading over and over!

      1. Don’t know. I’ve changed page formats at least twice and the banner photos innumerable times. One change I did that caused me more hassle than it was worth…when Ron DuBour and I discovered we could have images in the post. Not observing copyright–not always obvious–got me into some serious trouble!

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