Got off to a good start yesterday by posting my first post using this new blog. Although I’ve yet to get used to the WordPress layout, I think that I am getting used to it already. If only the dashboard wasn’t so white.
Anyway, as the title of this post mentions, I shall attempt to narrow down and pin-point the purpose of this blog. To be honest, when I told myself that I wanted to revive blogging, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to talk about.
Photo by Marco Bellucci
So, being the nerdy me, I decided I should start from the WordPress Zero-to-Hero Guide. Most of the information was useful, no doubt about that, but what really caught my eye was the third chapter, about “Getting Focused“. I decided to try out the brainstorming activity on the page, so I whipped out my trusty yellow notebook and started scribbling my ideas on the next few pages. The first step was to create a mind-map sketch of ideas revolving around the question “Why I’d like to have a blog?” in 60 seconds. Here are the results:
This is the first time I drew a stick-man in this fashion
Feeling quite energized, I decided to proceed to do the next mind-map sketch for the next minute. This time, however, the question is centered around what are my motivations, interests and passions. And I got down to writing:
It’s a smiley face this time, because it’s supposed to be a “mini-me”
Then it occurred to me that this can’t be a summary of all my passions, because if it was, that would be quite sad. I suppose I had more interests, but didn’t manage to pen it down in that 60 seconds.
Anyway, there was supposed to be a final portion where I combine the contents of the first page and the second page together to get a better view of what my blog can be centered about, and I was given 120 seconds to do it. Well, lets just say that I didn’t quite get what the hell I was supposed to do there, so I didn’t upload the results of my brainstorming for that segment.
Feeling quite sad that I could not complete the brainstorming activity, I made an attempt to improvise, and came up with a list of possible blog topics that I may write about in the weeks to come. I won’t post the titles here yet, because I hate the idea of promising something first and being unable to deliver later. However, based on my above picture, I believe you can get a rough idea of what I might write about in the next few posts.
Although I didn’t manage to isolate a particular topic or niche area that this blog will be exploring into, I have, however, identified some things that this blog will be and will NOT be.
This blog will be about:
- My thoughts. My opinions.
- Sharing the interesting things I see
- Posts accompanied with as many pictures as I can find (credits to Nick Shell for the inspiration)
- Topics related to my interests
- Writing in a professional manner befitting of an adult
This blog will NOT be about:
- Personal ranting (if you refer to my old blog, you will understand what I mean)
- Promoting any religion
- Fame (although I mentioned it during my brainstorming)
- Emotional issues
- Spam of short, useless posts
In addition, I’ve underlined some basic rules for this blog:
- No profanities, or nudity.
- Post at least once a day (whenever possible)
So what is the purpose of this blog? I guess the title summarizes everything. My Mind. My Thoughts. My Words.
Footnote: Flickr makes for an excellent source of photos.