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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!



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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