The anonymity I once had

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Today I envisioned where I’d like to take my blog in the future. When I began blogging it was all very anonymous and I never showed my face or used my real name. But as time went on that changed. Over the past few years I’ve included pictures of myself all over my blog and I use my name on social media instead of a nickname.

But as I’m getting older and I’m figuring out the sort of content I want to write about I’m realising that I don’t want to use pictures of myself as much. Firstly because I kind of miss the anonymity I once had and secondly because I don’t actually need people to see an array of images of me. When writing about The myth of not knowing or Expectations and disappointment a photo of me isn’t really necessary.

I think it’s pretty interesting because I decided to start showing what I looked like as a way to share more of myself with my readers and because I felt as though I was hiding away. I’m now at a point where my readers know me (or can get to know me) through my writing style and I don’t feel the need to be seen as much.

So you can expect less of my face in the future, you may have noticed I’ve already started implementing this.

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Comments and numbers 

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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.

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Content variation

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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.

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Expectations and disappointment

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Sometimes people turn out to be everything other than the expectations you unintentionally placed on them.

Sometimes truly getting to know someone means allowing yourself to be unbiased.

It can be difficult to admit that the people that amaze are just people, like us.

It can be difficult to diminish the ideals and expectations.

Choosing to hold on to these things often results in disappointment.

Next time try letting go.

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Welcoming the challenge of daily blogging

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It’s been a few years since I last daily blogged. What started off as a month-long experiment was something I ended up sticking at for almost 3. I was in a transitional period of uncertainty and my blog became an anchor of sorts. However, I eventually stopped posting daily but told myself that I would try it again at some point in the future but I never did. It was easy for me to make excuses; the most popular being I don’t have anything to write about and I don’t have the time. But if I’d have been truly willing I’d have found a way.

At the start of this year I told myself that I would daily blog in January but ended up putting off till march which then became April. It’s now the April 1st and I don’t have anything prepared for the month but I think I’m finally ready to give daily blogging a go again. It was after reading an article (Seth Godin Explains Why You Should Blog Daily) about someone that inspires me that I got thinking about blogging everyday in the first place.

Reading that article made me remember what it was like when I posted daily. It wasn’t stressful or boring. It was fun and I welcomed the challenge of having to come up with ideas. It was an opportunity to be in a constant state of content creation. I haven’t been in that state for years.

I’ve gotten so lazy with blogging because even at my laziest I’m still putting out an average of 1 or 2 posts a week. But I’d like to do more than that, I think I need to.

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Don’t be too afraid to share your work

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A writer once encouraged me to share what I wrote because it would make me a better writer. In theory I knew that he was right but in practise my anxieties took over. I would suddenly become capable of coming up with 101 reasons why I’m not confident enough to share things I’ve written. Things like ‘I’m not good at it’ and ‘I’m worried about what people will think’ are always some of the main factors.