Writing on Different Topics in Different Places

Once you get the writ­ing bug become a part of you it seems almost inevitably to lead you down the path of writ­ing about any­thing and every­thing. One of my writer bud­dies is a ghost writer and has writ­ten about a large range of top­ics, from snow clear­ance to detailed engi­neer­ing and com­put­ing arti­cles. How­ev­er when you open a blog it is inevitably focused on a sin­gle sub­ject, such as:
  • Llama in the Andes by Sebadelval CC0 Public Domain PixabayHik­ing through the Andes
  • Health & Fit­ness for Busy People
  • Self Defence
  • Using tech­nol­o­gy in small business
  • Get­ting Microsoft Certified
  • Per­son­al finan­cial management

It becomes your per­son­al mag­a­zine and inter­face to the whole world. Of course any­one can go hik­ing through the Andes moun­tains, pro­vid­ed you are fit enough, there is no spe­cial­ist knowl­edge required just the ded­i­ca­tion to com­plete it, but many of the oth­er top­ics list­ed here are focused in spe­cif­ic direc­tions, such as attain­ing that Microsoft cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and the per­son writ­ing it should bring with them a lot of spe­cial­ist knowl­edge. It is rare for spe­cial­ist blogs to cov­er a mix­ture of top­ics, they may do so for a lit­tle light relief (for exam­ple by adding a post to bring a lit­tle Christ­mas humour at the rel­e­vant time) but gen­er­al­ly speak­ing all con­tent is focused on the sub­ject at hand, penned by appro­pri­ate experts.

If you wish to write on mul­ti­ple top­ics then a blog may not be the best approach for you, per­haps you would like to write for a gen­er­al writ­ing site where any top­ic is open for con­tri­bu­tions. Alter­na­tive­ly you could have a spe­cial­ist blog and branch out and become a guest writer on anoth­er site, there is no rea­son why our Microsoft cer­ti­fi­ca­tion spe­cial­ist would not love cro­chet as a hob­by, they could write the occa­sion­al piece on a knit­ting cir­cle blog (but take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a link back to their tech­ni­cal blog at the same time). Truth is peo­ple have diverse knowl­edge, here are some of the things that I have knowl­edge of:

  • Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy strate­gic management
  • Law (hav­ing com­plet­ed a law degree and asso­ci­at­ed post grad­u­ate studies)
  • Mar­ket­ing and advertising
  • Words, word-craft, and writing
  • Copy-writ­ing, proof read­ing, and edit­ing
  • Foot­ball (NFL and soc­cer), Base­ball, and Cricket
  • Dri­ving
  • Pho­tog­ra­phy
  • Pol­i­tics and democ­ra­cy (well every­one has an opin­ion on this)
  • Trav­el

If I am hon­est I also know about many oth­er things as well, these are are what I would class as core com­pe­ten­cies or inter­ests. I have many expe­ri­ences of dri­ving, but not as many tales to tell as a pro­fes­sion­al dri­ver, such as a bus dri­ver of long dis­tance truck­er. I have trav­eled wide­ly, seen many places, but there are also many places I have yet to trav­el to or may nev­er go to, so can offer no opin­ion on. Things like pol­i­tics and reli­gion any­one can offer an opin­ion on and arguably ought to be encour­aged to do so at cer­tain inter­vals, but they are not nec­es­sar­i­ly top­ics I would include here on Gog­glede­Goox though.

This is why hav­ing mul­ti­ple writ­ing out­lets is a very good idea for any writer. This blog is about words, word-craft, and writ­ing, at one time I also wrote for Two Drops of Ink, a lit­er­ary Blog for writ­ing advice, gram­mar, poet­ry, and prose and of course there is much in com­mon between the two with Two Drops being more focused on pure lit­er­ary ele­ments where­as Gob­blede­Goox is more about blog relat­ed com­po­nents, yet by work­ing on both sites I am build­ing a read­er­ship both indi­vid­u­al­ly and as a part of a group and reg­u­lar­ly cross link arti­cles. I remain bit­ter­ly loy­al to Two Drops of Ink and am thank­ful for the advice from Scott Bid­dulph and his team. In addi­tion I also write on oth­er sub­jects at:

I have con­sid­ered writ­ing at oth­er sites but do not wish to spread myself too thin, here at Gog­glede­Goox and at Two Drops the thoughts are sim­i­lar, writ­ing about the chal­lenges of writing.
Growth out of Chaos by Geralt CC0 Public Domain PixabayThen I feel I need to explain what dis­tin­guish­es the two sites. Two Drops was cre­at­ed by Scott Bid­dulph as a way of pro­vid­ing writ­ing and gram­mar advice, look at poet­ry and prose as well as the chal­lenges of writ­ing in par­tic­u­lar gen­res or get­ting works pub­lished, I am proud to have been a mem­ber of the team at Two Drops, but in cre­at­ing Gob­blede­Goox I realised that I need­ed some­thing more, I am fas­ci­nat­ed by the gob­bledy­gook we all cre­ate from time to time and wished to con­cen­trate on growth out of chaos and in turn routes to writ­ing excel­lence, the chal­lenge of writ­ing is a fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject and I love the piece pro­vid­ed by Lydia Oyetun­ji about her chal­lenges of writ­ing on the road, I am on the look­out for oth­er pieces by writ­ers, what obsta­cles do you have to over­come with your writing?
 Should any­one com­mis­sion me to write a spe­cif­ic piece about a spe­cif­ic top­ic then I will always write such a piece, indeed com­mis­sions (with or with­out an asso­ci­at­ed byline) are increas­ing­ly the way I am paid. The truth is for any writer by spread­ing your wings any­thing is possible.

 

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2 Replies to “Writing on Different Topics in Different Places”

  1. Great point. I com­plete­ly under­stand your point on ‘spread­ing your­self too thin’. I’m in that boat of blog­ging about what­ev­er comes to mind, not exact­ly a recipe for a thou­sand hits a day. Some things to con­sid­er, for sure.

    1. Peter B. Giblett says: Reply

      I have been there and done that, I also used to write about any top­ic I fan­cied on my spe­cial­ist blog. then read­er­ship start­ed declining.

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