by John Ellis
Prior to A Day in His Court, I had a blog that was a mishmash of competing tone and content. The posts veered widely between the serious and the humorous – at least, attempted to be humorous. Satirical posts were paired on the front page with heart-pouring memoir posts. On one hand, blogs don’t have to have a unified tone; on the other hand, my experience taught me that readers have expectations that can be confounded by wide swings of tone and voice. I found that my attempts at satire were either taken seriously or confused some readers. More importantly, I found that the pendulum swung the opposite direction more often than I would like. At times, it was assumed that I was far less serious than I actually was. Taking those lessons, I divided my voice into two separate blogs – A Day in His Court reflecting, of course, my desire to have serious, though hopefully winsome and, at least at times, funny, conversations about topics that I care about. However, if it weren’t for my other blog, that constraint would’ve cut me off from a large part of my voice.