Anyone who has followed my blog from the beginning knows that the content has changed over the last couple months. Originally there was a little poetry and a promise to post photography. Recently I have found a fondness for writing.
I started a couple of weeks ago taking Jeff Goins’ free course on Intentional Blogging. This has not been a task that has in anyway improved this blog. It’s not Goins’ fault. It’s mine. I’m looking at a once a week blogger when I had intended to ramp it up a bit. The struggle from Lesson 2 was trying to find the focus of this blog. I thought I knew what I wanted to do until Goins’ challenged me to find a focus. That part of me that runs and hides when I start to get good at something came out again. Fear of being good at this and gaining or attention or fear of not being as good as I thought I was came out to shut me down.
Today I am back to give this a shot. I plan on using this space as a worksheet to help me find my focus and answer some of Goins’ questions:
First, what am I passionate about? Here there are the answers that I should give and the answers that I want to give. When it really boils down to it I am passionate about helping people to get the most out of life. To stand up and be heard. To find the greatness within them. There are other things I could say: education, my kids, politics, the Pittsburgh Steelers but in the end, with the exception of the Steelers, I want to affect these things in a positive way. I want to tell my stories and use my voice to affect change.
Second, In what topic do I have expertise or desire to learn? This is a tough one too. I don’t know if I have expertise in too many areas. I think of myself as a generalist. I know a little about a lot. Working through this in my mind, I find I am definitely and expert in what has happened to me in my 40phor years. I know the lesson that I have learned and I can expertly share them with others. I also have a desire to delve into politics and how that impacts the world, the US and my backyard. Especially I am interested in politics and public education.
Finally, what can I write about for a whole year without running out of ideas or energy? Life. I have a lot of catching up to do if I want to write about all of the lesson that I have already learned. New lessons come up all the time so I’ll never run out of copy.
How can I break this subject down into its various components? General life lessons, beliefs about leadership, beliefs about education, politics in my life
What do I want to concentrate on? I want to share the lessons that I’ve learned and continue to learn.
What will my voice be? Anyone who is a regular reader knows that I am generally anecdotal. Sometimes I am angry and/or radical but I am going to focus from here on out on what I have learned based on what has happened to me in my 40phor.
What do I want to accomplish with my writing? I want to share my stories that have built up over the last four plus decades. I want those stories to impact people.
What impression do I want to leave? I want to leave the impression that I have something to offer. I want people to come back and see what I’m talking about today and tomorrow and the next day.
What is my goal? My goal is to post 100 times before I turn 45 (this is #43 I think). I have a little over six months to go. I also want to increase the number of followers I have. Right now I have about ten people who read my blog regularly. I’m going to shoot for 50 followers by September 12, 2012. That will be the date that I become 45.
Using the blog 40phor to share the lessons I have learned in my 40phor years with the intention of impacting people to be the best they can be!