That’s what they always say, right? “Write what you know.”
If I want to take my blog to the next level — a professional one — I’m going to need to really have a niche. And right now, I don’t. Well, that’s not exactly true.
Whenever I’ve been interviewed recently, it’s been about my disordered eating past and how it impacted my pregnancy and motherhood. And while that is a topic I’m comfortable talking about — because I know my experience might be able to help others and I like to view myself as an advocate; someone who overcame her demons — my disordered past doesn’t define me. It defines the origin of my blog, and helped launch my writing career — to be sure. But it doesn’t define me, in the here and now … or even the me since the last time I engaged in any disordered behaviors (March 2009). Plus, if I’m being totally honest, it’s emotionally hard sometimes to go back there, to that dark ugly, place I never want to see again. So I think, “I’m over this.”
But then I think about the readers who have been with me on this journey … you read about the good, bad and ugly. You’ve stuck by me — lurked, maybe commented, maybe sent me an email or Facebook message. You’ve read about my body image issues, my weight issues, etc. You read because you were a concerned friend or maybe because you found me in a Google search could relate to some of what I was experiencing, on some level. Maybe my story inspired you to seek help … or maybe it offended you — but you read my train wreck anyway.
If you’ve stuck by me, you’ve experienced my pregnancy and now hear me talk about motherhood, being a working mom, raising a daughter, my toddler’s growth and development … I’ve been all over the board and it’s time to rein it in.
I know not all of my readers are mothers — but motherhood is a huge part of who I am so I don’t think I could avoid writing about motherhood … In everything I do, it defines me. Even in my career, I’m a working-outside-the-home-mom. That said, I don’t want to be a mommy blogger, where that’s all I write about.
So today I’m turning to you: my loyal readers who have stuck by me as I’ve navigated muddy waters and crystal-clear babbling brooks. Which topics do YOU want me to open for discussion? What types of posts most resonate with you?
Please, please, please with a cherry on top — take this anonymous poll. It will help guide the direction of my blog and, hopefully, a book someday! THANK YOU. And thanks for sticking by me all these years … FOUR, to be exact!
I want to write what I know … I just need a little help deciding the “what.”