It’s no secret that over the past few years I have struggled with my personal site. I’ve been conflicted in many ways such as with the design, but more importantly with the type of content that I publish here.
I was fortunate enough to receive a lot of feedback and encouragement in the comments of The Guest Post, and for that I’m extremely grateful.
Not only did it provide an overwhelming amount of affirmation on what I hoped my site would become, it also provided a much needed kick in the butt to actually get that going.
As part of the effort to separate business and pleasure, I’m finally at a point where I’m ready to write. Along with that, comes three promises that I am making to myself — and they are the same that I am making to you.
1. I promise to read and comment on more blogs.
Believe it or not, writing isn’t always proactive. For me, a lot of times, it’s actually reactive. There are a lot of amazing writers out there, and sadly I don’t spend enough time reading their work.
In fact, I have a ton of blogs bookmarked for reading, yet never find the time go there and indulge myself. It’s pretty unfortunate, really, if you think about it. Too much exertion, and not enough consumption.
If you feel that you have an interesting blog, leave me a comment below and share the link. I’d love to find more interesting things to read.
2. I promise to write more often.
This is something that I’ve been dying to do for years as I simply love to write. I’ve always been a contemplative person, and feel like I have been gifted with the ability to communicate my feelings.
I’ve warned you all before that if you’re looking for tips on social media and WordPress, this is not the place for you. I’ll be writing at StudioPress, so you can continue to get your geeky technology fix over there.
Here, you’ll be blessed with my deep and personal thoughts — from lessons I’ve learned in the past to things that I’m currently experiencing.
As part of our agreement, I’ll remain truthful and honest, as long as you respect that I’m being vulnerable and opening up.
3. I promise to write for you, and not robots.
This is something I’ve struggled with over the years as society teaches us that numbers are an indicator of success. I’ve primarily focused my efforts on search engine traffic and keywords, which has left me with nothing.
Sure, I get a decent amount of visitors to my blog — but to be honest, most of them don’t stick around. They fall under the “what can you do for me?” type, and that’s definitely not the folks I’m going after.
I want to build an audience here that wants to read about my life experiences, and to engage in conversation about them. So if you see me heading back into the direction of writing for robots, I’m giving you permission to call me out.
My Appreciation for You
It might sound a bit sensitive for me to thank you for reading this or for being one of my loyal followers over the years. I can assure you that it means so much more to me than you can possibly imagine.
However I don’t want my ego stroked because I have a lot of comments, or with the amount of people following me on social media. I want it to be a result of the people I’ve touched and the lives I’ve helped to change.
Adults are a lot like babies, where we are inspired and driven by the attention we receive. I know that I am, and I’m sure many of you are.
For me, success isn’t measured by quantity, rather by quality.
So if you’re up for me writing about the things I value in life, hop aboard and take this wild ride with me. You might end up seeing the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Sarah McLachlan along the way.