I’ve been home for a few days after a delightful weekend at Bloggy Con. I have some thoughts on my first conference that I can share another time but today I want to talk about redefining my blog. I can’t stop thinking about where I want to take this blog in the future and really I guess, where I want to take myself. And you, of course, if you will come along for the ride. (Please say yes!)
Defining my blog today:
When I met other bloggers at the conference one of the first questions we asked each other was, “What kind of blog do you have?” Some answers came naturally to others who could answer things like, “Parenting!” or “Books and shoes!” or “All things travel!” My answer was hesitant, confused, and slow, “Um, I’m kind of niche-less. I write about what I think. It’s turned into ranting about current events…” I say, my voice usually trailing off. The next natural question is, “What’s your blog’s name?” To which I answered, “Oh, it’s just my name, you know, like my name.
You really want to read it now right? With that sales pitch how could you say no?? There is work to be done my friends.
What my blog won’t look like:
As I explore what I really want this space to look like, I decided to first define what I know it will never look like. First, I will never give fashion advice. Oh my, have you ever seen how I dress? Well, it’s nothing special. Cozy and comfortable but not really worth highlighting. Second, I will not be making a video with a make-up tutorial any time soon. Make-up is not part of my daily routine. It never has been, even when I wanted it to be. Finally, I won’t be giving parenting advice or homeschooling advice or anything similar because I don’t have much to offer in those areas so I’m not even going to try.
Redefining my blog:
After identifying ways I can’t contribute I decided to turn my head to look at ways I can. I asked myself, “What am I an authority on?” My answer? “Me.” I know myself and my story better than anyone so I’m going to start there. I’m going to explore my life with a new curiosity and identify my personal values. I’m going to take responsibility for myself and what I bring to the world. Along the way I’m going to learn to be kind and generous with myself and see what happens.
Look, I’m going to talk about the hard stuff. I’m going to get real and honest. I’m going to do my part to move the conversation while encouraging others. I hope you will join me, talk to me, and share what encourages you.