Another “New Year” Post! aka What Am I Doing? [Blogging U Day 1]

I created this blog in November of 2014 in a vain attempt to procrastinate writing for NaNoWriMo. So… I started a writing blog to avoid writing.

Since then, I’ve written a total of 19 blog posts, 14 of them in the last year, and it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that hardly any of them are actually about writing. I started this blog intending for it to be a personal author’s blog that posted writing-related things occasionally; and I suppose that’s what it’s turned into. The problem with that is that it doesn’t have a very clear focus. And focus is precisely what a successful and helpful blog needs.

So now this begs the question… what is this blog’s focus? This year, that’s something I’m going to hash out. For now, though, I’m going to lay out the basics and give all my 2016 readers (all 12 of you! Fantastic!) a glimpse of what this blog is and where it’s headed.

Of Wit and Writing, titled in honor of the Sorting Hat’s description of Ravenclaw house, is a blog run by me, Kimberly Horton, originally intended to be a personal blog of sorts. Since no one was actually interested in my personal life, however, I spent most of 2015 putzing around, posting about whatever I felt like. This didn’t really attract much of a readership. The post that I feel really took off and managed to get people to look at my blog, though, was called How to Win NaNoWriMo: An Unofficial Guide. I’d originally written it as a paper for my English class, and we were all asked to create blogs for the assignment. I posted it to my already existing blog here, and my teacher suggested that I start blogging solely about writing—it seemed to get me a larger audience, and so far my blog didn’t really have a specific category.

I’m going to see how that goes for 2016.

I’ll be relegating all personal things to my blog over at kimberlyhorton.wordpress.com, and I’ll be trying to dedicate this blog here to only writing. I’ve signed up for WordPress’s Blogging U 101 course and plan on finishing that before settling to blog at least twice a month (biweekly is the idea.) Those two goals, blog biweekly and blog about writing, are my 2016 blogging resolutions! A pretty short and pretty manageable list, if I do say so myself.

Along the way, I’ll be trying to find my niche in the blogosphere. There are already bajillions of writing advice blogs out there—what can I do to make this one different? That’s the question I’m going to try and answer this year.

Thanks for sticking with me so far—here’s to another year of wit and writing!