I’m spending time tonight researching blog tips and trying to come up with the direction I would like to take this blog. I keep reading that it’s important to have a theme or purpose for your blog. People should be able to describe in one sentence what your blog is about.
I’m struggling with this a little, I don’t know exactly what OurDepression is about. So far I’ve changed the tagline to Coping with Mental Illness. That’s the general concept I have in my head, but I feel like there’s something more to it.
I don’t know how to describe it, it’s not a fully formed thought yet. Like having a word on the tip of your tongue, I just can’t fully grasp the idea I have. It’s a little bit of coping with depression, a little bit of motivational, a little bit of informational, and a little bit of something else? I don’t know that last piece, the only words I have for it are “the struggle”.
It’s hard for me right now to come up with a niche, or to think of who might be reading my blog. I don’t know who I intend to help or comfort! I wish it could be everybody, but I don’t think it works that way.
I’m having a little fun messing around with the technical stuff, organizing pages, making buttons and menus. I think if I keep up with this for another month I’ll probably buy the upgraded wordpress and hosting so I can add some cool plugins and upgrade the website more efficiently.
I’m trying to come up with some ideas for pages to include, I don’t want it to just be a blog about my daily life. I’ve thought about doing book reviews, it’s just that I know that there’s so much junk literature on depression out there. Possibly some write ups on influential people and what they accomplished/what their message was. I’d like to link to other resources or blogs or youtube videos that I find insightful or helpful. Nothing’s really set in stone yet though, I’m just brainstorming ideas.
What’s hard for me is that I want this to be authentic, so I feel I have to know what I’m talking about. I would like to be resourceful to people struggling with depression, but I haven’t pulled my self out of depression yet. I can’t describe how to do something I haven’t completed doing.
I find it challenging as well to balance authentic writing with what will be best for the reader. I want to have my own voice, and at the same time I want to be relatable enough to people that I can be resourceful.
I’ll be completely transparent in saying I want to make a successful blog. It’s not so much about the money, and I’m feeling that way the more that I do it. I just enjoy it, and it would be cool to have a following. Besides, what’s the point in making a blog to share if nobody reads it?
I think I just discovered something about myself in that last paragraph. I think something I hope for in creating a website is making content that creates a connection. I want to connect with others who are going through the same sort of things. A big part of having depression sometimes is dealing with loneliness. If I can share myself with others, perhaps others will feel comfortable enough to share with me. Maybe bonds can be made with others who would understand the challenges of mental illness.
I want to bring comfort to people, I think that’s a core part of the concept as well. I don’t know how to define this wholly. In my head I can imagine somebody coming to my website and just feeling comfortable, welcome there. A place where they can come hang out and escape the boredom for a little while.
So I guess that means I want to be stimulating as well, to have some sort of grip over the readers. I don’t want to be a ranter or a dry speaker. I hope that I can create some sort of flow in my writing that keeps readers coming back for more.
I know I’d like to touch on philosophy, but it scares me. It’s just so expansive and deep, I don’t know if I have the energy to delve into it right now. It would be interesting to have debates with others on life philosophies though.
Whatever happens, it looks like there’s a lot of work ahead of me if I want to reach my goals for this website. Defining what those goals are is the first step in reaching them. Doing some research and brainstorming helped me come up with a few ideas, and writing a post has helped me articulate it and organize it a little better in my head. I do think it’s cool, though, that every time I post I feel a little euphoric afterwards.