One of the first things people ask you at networking/blogger events is what kind of blog you write.
This is a question I usually respond to with the generic ‘a bit of everything, I guess you could say lifestyle’ answer. The truth is, after a couple of months away from it all, I’ve realised that’s not who I am.
As the lovely Fran (apageofme) pointed out, I’m very much the opposite of normal when it comes to blogging. I have no interest in make up and beauty, fashion, pushing products or anything like that. I don’t think my life is interesting enough for me to be able to write great posts about it. I write purely to create content that I’m proud of – that I hope other people enjoy too. And with this, while I guess you could still classify me under the lifestyle blogger category, I’m not so sure that’s how I’d introduce myself anymore.
I was explaining to someone the other day that the reason I’ve not posted in a while is that I’ve lacked passion. But I’ve lacked passion for the things I think I should be writing about, the LUSH hauls, the restaurant reviews, the photography that, to be honest, I’m just crap at. That’s not me. Even recipes, which is the thing I enjoy most, they’re not the engaging content I aspire to write. And if I’ve been trying to fit myself into this category then it’s no wonder I’ve struggled to get past a few hundred words on each post that I’ve drafted recently.
So now I’m going to be honest with myself and write only when I feel passionate about it. This probably means I won’t stick to a schedule, but I think over time it’ll become easier, I’ll be able to tell whether the tiny seed in my mind is worth exploring.
I also think that a great deal of those who follow me now may well lose interest in the kind of things I’m writing. I’m prepared for that, because as always, I believe that the right people will follow (and maintain following) you if you provide engaging posts on topics that interest them. At the end of the day, I am not writing to suit my followers, I am writing to suit me – and then the followers will come (she hopes!). I realise this is probably not the greatest outlook and I am certainly not belittling those with alternative views. It’s just me. Little old me!
I’m not sure where or when I’m going to start, but I can say that you should expect big changes in the stuff I’m writing. It’s likely to be topics that are in the public eye anyway, it’ll be opinion pieces, research, article-esque posts offering another perspective on things, sometimes controversial things. I’ll try to avoid talking about stuff that I don’t know about, my intention is to learn but not to be false or uppity. I just want to feel like what I’m writing means something more than how great a certain shade of nail polish is. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I know.
I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve, so hopefully you’ll be hearing from me sooner rather than later.
And by the way – I love reading all the kind of posts that I’ve mentioned here, so don’t read what I’ve written as a dig. I just don’t want to write them myself!
And finally, a note to say that it feels good to be back, but it also feels good not to be putting the same kind of pressure on myself that I was before. Let’s face it, life is stressful enough without adding extra deadlines to it!
Until next time,