This is not my first blog. It is however going to be the blog that works for me. My previous blog failed, and it was all down to my choices. You see, I had decided to blog about creating things – my adventures in creating things in my kitchen, garden, sewing room and just general life. But here’s my problem, I found that I didn’t like blogging about these projects. I started avoiding creative projects that I had wanted to do as I didn’t want the self imposed pressure of photographing it and writing about it. Which is crazy right? I created a blog about creating things and it put me off being creative.
It took a bit of time to figure out what was wrong (apart from just generally being a little crazy of course) and realised that the problem was simply me. My blog felt so self-indulgent to me. I’m not very good at talking about myself and I was having to do a lot of that when describing my projects. I also didn’t feel that there was any real ‘point’ to the blog. It all started to feel like showing off and that wasn’t my intention.
So I sat myself down and thought about what I actually like doing AND more importantly, sharing. I decided that there were two aspects that I needed to cover.
1. What I like to do – I like to help people. In all the jobs that I’ve had, that aspect has always been the driving force behind any effort I put in and any enjoyment that I get out.
2. What I wanted to share – I wanted to write about the part of me that I always return to. That thing that whenever I’m truly exhausted seems to give me energy instead of taking more away. For me, they are Stories. I love reading them and listening to them, I love watching them on the screen or on the stage, I love sharing them and talking about them, and I also love creating my own.
So I want to combine stories with helping people. There are lots of review sites out there talking about books or movies and I didn’t want to be just another one of those. I wanted there to be a real benefit to others for taking the time in reading my site, otherwise what was the point in the effort. I decided on focusing on that elusive thing – why some stories connect with one person but not another and figuring out what you might connect with.
Most people have a genre/category that they like to fit themselves inside of – ‘I only like crime novels’, ‘I only like romantic comedies or horror movies’, ‘I only like classics’ etc. Although categories can sometimes be very useful in finding something that you will enjoy, that’s not what I want to talk about here. I want to talk about stories that connect with you. That book that becomes one of your favourites that you reread throughout your life or that you always think fondly of. That movie that seems to have been created with you in mind. Those characters that you think of as part of your life. That story that you ache to experience for the first time again as it was so good.
In my experience those stories don’t always appear in the category that you have placed yourself inside of.
So my aim with this blog is to help you analyse what you might connect with in a story and help you discover your next connection.
I’d love to know what you think. Any advice on starting over in blogging? Any thoughts about why you connected with the stories that you have and at the point in your life that you were? Have you connected with a story outside of what you would normally have read/watched/listened to and why did you decide to try that story?Would you recommend this post?