Ideas for writing a weekly column

One of the things with blogging is how to think of something unique to say every week – or everyday if you’re really enthusiastic. As I’ve confessed before, I’m a reluctant blogger, and don’t believe in blogging for blogging’s sake. I’m first and foremost a writer and writing teacher who uses a blog as a tool for writing, teaching and publicity. But my internet manager keeps telling me I need to ‘just get stuff up there’! Now that’s a bit cynical if you ask me, but hey, that’s his job. And if it wasn’t for ‘him’ I wouldn’t be here in the first place. Anyway, I think I’ve come up with an idea that will keep us both happy.

I’ve been wanting to write an annual spiritual devotional. They are either daily or weekly. The best ones, in my opinion, are those that realistically reflect the year’s progression. So this year I intended to write a weekly devotional called A Gardener’s Gospel which will follow my garden and my spiritual life through a full year’s cycle. I was just planning on making weekly notes in my handwritten journal then at the end of the year putting it together. But then it came to me, hey, why not use the blog as a writing journal? By the end of the year it will already be all typed up and ready to put into book form (with a bit of editing, of course!). And if I get any feedback along the way, all the better. Now many of you are probaby thinking: what’s she on? That’s what everyone does. But let me tell you, for me, this is a big breakthrough. I’m not going to be just blogging about my garden, I’m going to be blogging about my garden within a definitive timeframe and for a very specific writing purpose. It makes me feel better about myself anyway.

If you want to know more about how to start blogging visit the aforementioned internet manager’s post on blogging for beginners. And if you’re a little bit nosy about what’s going on in my garden, check out A Gardener’s Gospel.

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2 comments on “Ideas for writing a weekly column

  1. writinggb on said:

    I think that’s a lovely idea!

  2. Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

    Grandma! you’re back! How was Peru? It was Peru, wasn’t it?

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