It’s Spring, a good time for change. Rather than begin with the big stuff – like cleaning my room or improving my work ethic – I thought I’d spruce up my blog. And I’d like to invite you over to help. Here’s three things I have in mind –
1) My current tagline now reads “Writing about writing (and other writings) for writers and those who want to write better.”
I chose it when I wanted my blog to recruit aspiring writers (looking to teach writing). It’s pithy and has served well from an SEO perspective, but my blog has evolved more into a space to reflect on good writing (rather than teach it) as well as good theology. I am not now looking to teach writing, but humanities (and possibly communications). So, I think I’ve outgrown my tagline.
I’ve thought of a couple potential replacements –
Meditations and musings from a middle-aged Midwesterner.
God is “I am;” therefore, I just think (and blog).
I look at these and think, “Close, but not quite.” Neither are effective from an SEO standpoint. The first conveys the diversity of the blog, which I like, but seems a little too self-deprecating (I’m not thrilled about being middle-aged or a Midwesterner). I like the philosophical twist of the second one, but it’s a little theologically heavy-handed and some of my best readers are non-Christians (and I want to reach a secular audience).
So what are your thoughts? What tagline do you think captures what you’ve found here at A Way With Words?
2) Some upcoming regular features…
While I have occasionally embarked on series of posts, I have more often simply blogged about whatever was most on my mind that day. I’m happy to say I’ve sustained a discipline of blogging daily (with few exceptions) – and some days I have as many as 4 posts. But my blogging lacks structure and I think it’s time to impose some. Here’s a couple of my ideas –
Mondays with Merton – My two posts containing Thomas Merton quotes have been received very well. I hope to travel next week to the “Thomas Merton Center” at Bellarmine University in Louisville. With the wealth of his writings and access to people who know them well, I have an incredible amount of resources to draw on.
Friday Flashback – It may seem a little early to be doing “blog retrospectives” from posts that were published less than a year ago, but I do have several decent pieces that show less than a dozen hits I’d like to polish up and feature now that I have a more regular readership.
Perhaps you have other ideas? What features would you like to see?
3) The look of A Way With Words…
I must confess I am not a visual artist. Yet, I appreciate beautiful images and recognize the value of a blog that attracts readers visually. This is where I can use the most help.
How can I best feature A Way With Words such that it will appeal to the regular reader and attract new ones?
I am eager to hear your responses to this query. So eager, in fact, that I am going to put some money where my mouth is (or where my fingertips are, as the case may be). If you submit ideas to me that effectively improve my blog, you will receive…
1) A (modestly priced) e-gift certificate to the establishment of your choice.
2) Credit (with a link to your blog) on my “Why I Write” page (the most viewed page on A Way With Words).
3) A crown in heaven (though I can’t guarantee this one – if we’re both there and I have access to a crown to give away, I’ll do it).