Everyday this month I’ve checked my blog stats. Sometimes I do it multiple times a day. But this morning I realised that views aren’t as important as comments.
For someone that blogs for business the views will be an indication of what’s popular. Then they may focus more on what the readers like best.
But my blog is just my hobby. More people means higher numbers. More comments or interactions means that I’m able to connect with people and that what I create is worth responding to.
Seth Godin once said in an interview that it’s not about getting more people but more of the right people. I totally agree.
My blog has always been a space for me to use my voice to talk about life, things that interest me and the things that I care about. Over time I’ve focused more and more on writing about life. The majority of my content is musings on daily life, sharing things I’ve learnt or am currently learning. As much as I enjoy writing about all that life stuff, there is a part of me that wants write about other things too. I also want to write about books, personal style, being creative, places and occasionally products.
I’ve always struggled with creating niche content because I like to blog about the things that mean something too me. That can vary from a self-help book on confidence to a cleanser that makes me feel amazing every time I use it. I understand that the variation in my content probably doesn’t help in terms of growth but I’m not yet ready to make a choice.
I guess creating a separate blog where I can share more lifestyle based content is something that I need to consider. For now I’m going to experiment a little here and see how it goes implementing a little more variation into the content of this blog.
I’m a big fan of sharing quotes and whilst scrolling through my phone I came across one by Bonhoeffer. It perfectly answers something I found myself wondering a little over a year ago. In the spring of 2016 I found myself wondering why I wasn’t managing to do the things I wanted to and when I did start I couldn’t fully commit.
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’ve always been a big thinker but this quote made me realise that to think is not enough. Action will come from you being ready to take responsibility for yourself and for whatever you need to accomplish. I think it’s important to sometimes just admit to yourself that you aren’t ready to take responsibility yet. There’s nothing wrong with that because honesty is important.
But the most important thing is that you do take action at some point. If things don’t work out you can try again (and again and again!). Just don’t get too caught up in waiting until you’re totally ready because that time may never come.
Our days are made up of hundreds of choices (or potential choices). Sometimes we have to make the choice between what we’ve always done and what we’re too scared to do. Sometimes anxiety can take over, leading us back to a place where we find comfort in familiarity despite the harm that it may cause.
The thing that scares us is often the more difficult choice, it’s unfamiliar and we may even have to create a new neural pathway, it can be hard-work. But despite how it may seem, the thing that you’re too scared to do will always be worth it. When what you’ve always done isn’t working, when you become aware of this it’s your duty to be valiant (or even just rational) and decide that you’re willing to change.
Not everything is worth your time, effort or energy so pick wisely. It’s okay to say no, it’s okay to let go and it’s okay to put yourself first. It’s easier said than done but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
This month I’ve challenged myself not only to blog everyday but to post about more than just stuff.
It’s always nice to have something to look forward to, no matter how small. If you don’t have anything to look forward to, then make a plan. Don’t allow money to be a limitation, work with what you have. It can be something as small as coffee with an old friend or something outside you’re comfort zone like spending the day in a new city solo.
Having something to look forward to makes me a happier person. Making little plans every now and then is a great way to not let life just pass you by. I never want to be stuck in the habit of always putting things off because time is precious.
I thought I’d end today’s post with the first verse of a poem by Robert Herrick:
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.