I had a bit of a realisation today regarding my blog. Recently as you might have guessed with my little flirtation with Tumblr, I’ve been having a few issues with my blog and it’s direction. I’ve been considering a lot of what I want from it, what I “should” be doing with it. I guess I’ve kind of been obsessing with finding a place in the big wide world of blogging. So many times I’ve read about having a niche, a specialism if you will, that in order to be a “success” you need to be a bit of an elitist. I’ve always struggled with that concept, I’ve never been able to carve out a niche, or develop my blog into something that can be considered a “success”. Today I think I finally realised why that is. It’s not me.
This morning in my RSS reader I came across this post from Khoi Vinh of Subtraction.com fame. He has this reputation for design, for his blog design, for speaking about design for knowing about design. I added Subtraction to my RSS because of that, but what’s kept it there is his writing. It’s not always about design, heck today’s post was about baseball. I know nothing about baseball. But I still enjoyed it. Which is when it hit me. I need to stop trying to be “someone” and be me.
People like me for who I am in reality, so why with my blog am I trying to be someone and not just being me. It’s not what you write about, it’s how you write it. So, instead of trying to give my blog a niche, trying to make it “something” I’m just going to let it reflect me. It’s going to be a natural reflection of the person who owns it. As long as I am able to write well, and in an interesting way that I enjoy, then that’s all that matters. I hope that you guys who read, will like my blog and me for just being natural. I hope my writing will grow because of it, but this is my hobby, and if I’m enjoying then that will reflect in what I write. That is, after all, the most important reason to be doing it.