So I got rid of some of my blogs but I was still having problems with them being separate. Some months ago I had the idea to give all my blogs the same layout so when you click on them they look like they are all part of the same blog even though they aren't. Unfortunately they all still had different headers.
This was pretty good but I realized tonight that it didn't go far enough. I've been agonizing over the idea of keeping only one blog but which one? I was trying to decided between keeping the domain with my name (juliecornewell.com) or the domain with my niche name (thesinglemommyblog.com).
I came across this wonderful article called 4 Considerations in Picking a Website Name that gave the pros and cons of using your real name or a niche name. Ideally I would like to move everything to this blog but The Single Mommy has a bigger readership. I also am constantly wondering what I would do if I ever became a married mommy and my niche title was no longer fitting. That is a real problem that I hope I have to deal with someday! I was trying to come up with a way that I could merge them but not give up either domain names.
I was visiting other bloggers (specifically authors) to see how they did it. When I clicked on a separate part of the blog it came to me. Their blogs are divided up by categories. The three blogs I've kept all have the same layout, but what if they also had the same header and the titles started with The Single Mommy Blog but had the subheading My Writing and My Art?
I also decided to clean up the old posts on this blog. Again. I know I've done that what seems like a dozen times in the last four years. There's now only a handful of posts and those are different pieces of writing that I have done. I will be adding more examples of my writing, articles on writing, writing challenges, writing prompts, and posts about things like NaNoWriMo. Well maybe. I need to do some much needed research and studying on how to write a writing blog and create a platform.
According to When Do Writers Need Multiple Blogs? writers should not blog about the writing process. Kristen Lamb says blogging about our writing projects and how they are going is draining. It makes me wonder if that was my problem all along with this blog. For the past four years I've been trying to figure out how to blog about the writing process and I just could never get the hang of it.
So to be honest, I'm not quite sure what is going to end up on this blog. After four years, it is still a work in progress. Regardless of what goes on this particular section of my blog (and yes despite the different urls I consider it all part of The Single Mommy Blog now) it's all more synergistic. That certainly isn't a bad thing.