24 Hour blog question inspired by Renard Moreau
You know the other day when l posted Blog Changes 2BDUN42021 [15th March 2021] l was discussing the changes l would be making to A Guy Called Blog and in the last 8 days since publishing that post l have made considerable changes to this blog already. For those who only use the Reader – most of these changes will have not been observed and only a handful of those who don’t specifically use the Reader and do read direct from the blog will have seen them.
What l have endeavoured to do is change what was the original blog into more of a ‘personal blog’. Whilst this blog has always been personal to me – l never viewed it directly as a ‘personal blog’, but more along the lines of a ‘cosmopolitan blog’. Originally – back in 2019, l had plans to introduce and incorporate a business structure to it … but l came to realise in 2020 that l simply couldn’t successfully intergrate business and cosmopolitan together under one roof so to speak … it as a style wasn’t going to work for me.
This caused and many of my readership will know this all too well a lot of struggle with me over the last few months and l had debated giving the GUY blog up at the end of 2021 if l did not find an amicable solution to my problem and this in turn created even more unrest and inner conflict with me.
The problem for me, was how to enable an income earning structure to this blog successfully without opting to fill it with WordPress advertising which l detest anyway out of principal?
I needed to secure a digital way of making an income and l was baffled as to how l was going to achieve this properly. I was desperately trying to avoid having two completely differently styled blogs and wished to have everything in one place …… ten days ago l had to finally accept the reality that one blog that fitted all wasn’t possible without huge identity changes which could have proved highly detrimental to the existing blog.
It was during a walk that l had an epiphany … why could n’t l simply turn the Guy blog into more of a personalised blog and develop a sister blog that was more cosmopolitan ‘business’ content styled ? That would mean, two blogs, one roof and merely an extension with a clearer message between the two – and that was my lightbulb moment.
To make sure that A Guy Called Bloke as a blog was switched to a ‘personal blog’ only and that the new blog would not be 100% business but if anything would be mostly content driven only and instead of saying it was a business site – simply class it as a ‘sister site’ and an extension of my original blog, where upon l could promote business like approaches to content posts but not have their style intrude upon my other more personal content.
This may well sound overly complicated – l will not contest those who suggest such – but this is the way my brain processes …
However on that post concerning changes – Blog Changes 2BDUN42021 – Renard and l had a small comment conversation that ran like this .. …
“Hmm. I could have sworn that “A Guy Called Bloke” was always your personal blog.”
To which l answered ... “Well, it wasn’t really what many might call a personal blog Renard. But everyone has a different interpretation of personal blog don’t they?”
Yes, they do, Rory.
The main bulk of my changes to the A Guy Called Bloke blog are finished, l have just some fine tweaking and administration clean ups to perform and then l will start work on the ‘sister blog’ and admittedly some of the more ‘cosmopolitan series’ here will be transferred to over there as it just makes for more sense – to me anyway.
I have restructured my navigation ‘tabs’ on this blog especially to represent a ‘personal blog’ as l see them. but ever since Renard and l had that small exchange, l have given it a lot of thought and so today, l ask you now ….
What is your interpretation of a personal blog?
Let me know below…