I’ve been trying to publicise my blog a lot more, ever since I’ve moved to this self-hosted place and there’s something I’ve noticed that I did not notice as much before..? And let me say in advance, I don’t mean to offend anybody. I’m just trying to collect my thoughts based on an observation.
So it’s these ‘boxes’ that most blogs fall into. Ya know the typical trend where numerous gals blog on makeup/lifestyle and the dudes post stuff related to tech news and similar. Now, obviously, I’m totally OKAY with that, in fact these people are writing stuff they’re passionate about and I, not only completely support their efforts, but I think it’s great that they’ve the courage and determination to do so.
It’s just that when you’re not doing what a large portion of the public seems to be doing and is interested in, you feel kinda left out ya know? Which is absurd, I agree. But I don’t know why I still feel like I’m not catering to what the people want to be reading and perhaps, that does sound like a good thing..certainly falls under the timeless advice of ‘be unique’. Yet, I think you end up feeling awfully alone and unsure of yourself. I don’t want to be writing on the mainstream topics just for the sake of it, nor do I want to be dishonest to myself and play pretend to find the community/readership/friends.
To be honest, another aspect of this is when you search of ways to gain a larger audience, there are so many online guides telling you directly/indirectly to write cookie-cutter articles like “top 50 things you might not even care about but will still click to read because we have got the real marketing skillz”. Come on, I can’t be the only one who notices this, right? right?!
Nonetheless, I know for a fact that my content, too, is anything but unique. Of course, we’re all inspired by one thing or another and there will always be similarities overshadowed by the capability that creativity holds, wherein each person’s perspective is a key to a combination of their self and their work, which can never, truly, be replicated. So for anyone who’s felt what I’m feeling, I just want to reiterate the importance of staying true to yourself. No matter if you feel like you’re in a box with 2, 902 or 539402 other people (side note: staying confined to only that box is your personal decision but a trip outside comfort zone can be super nice):
honesty does go a long way.
(& remember: if put your soul in your work then much like the boy who lived, the world will find you)