Blogging confuses me. I mean I love it to death but it has caused such a huge identity crisis because I'm blogging about a bunch of different journeys I'm going through and I'm growing and changing so much.
It's so challenging to pinpoint exactly what I do and don't, or will and won't cover on my blog. And to what extent.
In the beginning, I "threw spaghetti at the wall". I wrote about how I quit my job and shared some information about how others can do it too and that got great attention and a bunch of questions. People vibe with me talking about that... cool...
But I've also been overweight and began gaining weight since I quit dancing. Once I tried intermittent fasting and shared my week one, week two and week three results and even those got wild attention. So I continued sharing what I've learned about my journey and continue doing experiments to yes -- lose the weight myself -- but also have more to share.
I guess my blog is more of a lifestyle blog in a sense that it covers many topics? I wasn't going to really focus on making money online, but at this point it's not even something I'm promoting hard and people keep asking me for more about it. I feel like if you want to be successful at anything you do, you have to GIVE before you RECEIVE. Like for real... who am I NOT to share the best of myself and the top, most life-changing information of what I've learned with others? Why should I receive the success and wealth I desire if I'm too chicken to first GIVE?
It's a blessing to have three topics and journeys that I know well in-depth that people want to learn and read about. It's a good problem to have. But the identity crisis!
Just two weeks ago I wanted to be like "Women's Health Mag" or "Cosmopolitan" and just write cute, fluffy, "poppy" pieces. I wanted to pull all my pics off my site (within reason -- can't really do that with before & after weight loss) and just be "cute"? And talk about all issues women might be interested in. I was going to write fluffy articles about beauty, health, relationships, dating, sex, self-care... probably even horoscopes you know... blah blah. Stuff that is popular on BuzzFeed and such. But today I feel totally different.
First of all, writing that content is harder because I have to research. I notice when I write about what I've learned or how I naturally do thing or my own experience, the words flow effortlessly. I cranked out a 2,500 word piece on Intermittent Fasting Mistakes last week in less than an hour. I know this is because it was 100% in my brain. I know the subject well, feel like I can absolutely advise people on it, and can write as though I'm talking to a friend. It's SO easy when it comes from the heart. When it's authentic and real it's almost like it's ABOVE me. So... my blog's personality might be shifting yet AGAIN.
I'm 6 months in and still figuring out what the Sober Alley blog is really all about. But I think deep down inside I know it's supposed to be the best of what I have to offer and that's focusing on three niches, but going very, very deep into each one.
I'm going to revamp my site to accomodate a section for that, create a separate business account on Pinterest to focus 100% on financial topics, get more mailing list opt-ins together and go just as hard with this niche as the other two! A wild ride got even wilder, but I love the thrill of the chase.
More in a week when I'm totally burnt out (again).