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.

 

Buy Peter B. Giblett a coffee as a thank you for this article.

 

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2 Comments

  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.

    • 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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