I’m taking part in the WordPress Zero to Hero challenge, aimed at helping new bloggers, but no doubt also a good refresher for seasoned bloggers.
The first challenge was to think about why you are writing your blog (rather than a journal), who you would like to read it and why.
I have now updated my “About” page (updates in italics). I think it was good to revisit the page now that I’ve actually started blogging. I think for me the big question is “why?” Am I writing this for me, for others? What do I have to say that hasn’t been said a million times before, and no doubt more eloquently?! (See my post on Bloggers block – which happened pretty quickly given it was only month 2).
This blog post by Alexander Franzen really helped:
When you write, you’re probably not revealing “revolutionary” or “innovative” information. You’re probably offering a timeless reminder about a universal subject, like love, compassion, balance, jealousy, grief, creativity or peace.
The kind of timeless reminder that we (your appreciative readers) need to hear. And keep hearing. Again. And again.
Until one day — because of the way you phrased it, because of the twist you gave it, or because of the personal story you wrapped around it — we finally get it.
Your new mantra: “Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.” –Andre Gide
I love this – the idea that I might say one thing on one day that makes a difference to one person. And the spooky thing? I saw this post on exactly the right day, I had spent all day stressing about what was the point of my blog, should I change the name, change the focus, and up popped the answer, to just trust in myself.
(Comments on my “About” page are very welcome…)