This blogging lesson comes courtesy of Season 7 Episode #2 of The Next Food Network Star from the 2nd elimination
Blogging Lesson#2 : You have to be focused.
After Juba’s elimination, the next phase of the competition was to prepare a meal for a panel of Food Network stars. It’s this challenge that leads to the elimination of Katy Clark.
On the show, Katy is identified as a “fitness and lifestyle coach” – however – in her biography on the Food Network Site – it reads “This energetic mother of three runs a food and fitness company.” Meanwhile on her website, she offers the following array of services:
- Chef Instructor
- Fitness Expert
- Motivational Speaker
When the judges speak to her about needing to be “focused” – she responds that “she can’t be pinned in” to cooking day in and day out.
Your Blogging Lesson from the Secpmd Elimination of the 2nd Episode: You’ve got to pick and passion and stay focused.
Katy is not alone in nurturing a wide array of seemingly “unconnected” passions. Many high achieving people have a wide array of interests. If you’re nurturing a wide variety of passions – rest assure that this diversity will be an asset to your blog. Your varied interests and activities will add much needed “spice” to your blog posts. The key is to weave these passions and activities into a single cohesive thread – created with your great blog name in mind.
For example, let’s take a fictional blogger who is a master chef who also loves to snorkel in the coast waters near his home. He’s named his blog “The Adventurous Chef”
This fictional blogger may start with a strong focus. He creates a category called “seafood recipes” and begins creating blog posts about the amazing selection of fresh seafood available and how to properly prepare it.
After only a few blog posts – our blogger plans a trip to the Bahamas to go snorkeling. Suddenly – he’s not writing about seafood but rather begins blogging about snorkeling. He blogs about his desire to find the right equipment to capture his underwater adventures. This series of posts are followed by posts chronicling his adventure. His latest posts feature some amazing underwater camera work including a video of the chef’s close encounter with what appears to be a Great White Shark.
Unfortunately for our blogger – such a dramatic leap in subject matter will not only confuse the human readers of his blog – it will confuse the mindless robots which index and categorize the web.
Instead of taking a dramatic leap – our chef blogger needs to either find a way to weave his adventures into his blog’s topic – or start another blog about his snorkeling adventures.
With the blog name “The Adventurous Chef” – one would assume that tales of his “adventures” should be a part of his blog posts – and they should be! However, while the information about his latest adventure is truly worthy of sharing with his audience – he must be careful in how he shares it. Simply creating a new set of blog posts – especially in a new blog – can spell disaster for his blog’s “focus”.
Instead of creating blog posts about snorkeling equipment and the finer points of shooting underwater video – our chef needs to keep his focus on the FOOD aspect of his blog. The amazing shark video he shot should be used to draw attention to his post on shark fin soup. Whether he decides to share a recipe in that post – or share his alarm at the environmental price of such a dish – he would still be staying “on topic” as far as his blog is concerned.
It’s not unusual to have a wide array of interests – but it’s important to remain true to the focus of your blog – a focus you decided upon when you named your blog.
In Katy’s case – she was auditioning for the Food Network. The Food Network’s focus is very defined – it’s focused on FOOD. It’s in the network’s name – and it’s a recurring theme in the shows they air. (Unllike MTV which rarely offers the “music videos” promised in it’s name.)
When it comes to cooking – there’s the “main ingredient” and then there are the “additions” like herbs and spices – not to mention preparation – which results in a palate pleasing dish. Katy just needed to focus on her passion for FOOD and to allow the other passions in her life act as “spice” to her passion for food.
Blogging Lesson: Focus is an essential ingredient to make your blog successful. Learn to weave your other passions and activities into your blog’s theme so it is unique but remains focused.