Today I’m putting this blog on the back burner.
It turns out that I’m not particularly interested in writing about food and cooking, and that, well, I don’t really want to code anymore either! So suddenly a blog called I Code and I Cook doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
But there’s more.
This blog was born out of desire to have a place to express myself openly and freely; a personal place where I wasn’t concerned about professionalism or audience or even thinking too much about goal or purpose. It’s been a place I could write about all the other stuff that didn’t have to do with the work I was doing: my passions, my pastimes, my thoughts and random anecdotes about life.
I have really enjoyed having this blog. It’s allowed to me share things that I wouldn’t otherwise have been inclined to share. And in doing so, it’s created some great conversations and connections with people on-line and off. As I go into my sabbatical year, taking a trip within to reflect and share those reflections through writing, I’d like to do so with the same freedom I’ve felt here.
Except that, when I sit down to write, or am just jotting ideas down on my Trello board, loads of crazy thoughts pass through my head.
- Who will this interest?
- What does this have to do with my work/current events/anything at all?
- Can I talk about this subject before I’ve talked about this other subject?
- Is this the right place to talk about it?
- Can I talk about these two totally different subjects in the same place, won’t that be weird?
- Do I have to have a theme?
- What if I don’t know who my audience is or who I’m writing for? Does that mean I shouldn’t write?
- Don’t I need a strategy?
- What if I’m #doingitwrong?
These questions keep me from feeling free and keep me from writing as much as I’d like to. They’re also great writing topics, don’t you think? :)
I took a poll on Twitter a while back to see what people thought about mixing business with pleasure on a blog and got some interesting feedback.
How do you feel about mixing business w/ pleasure…on a blog? (ie, professionally oriented content w/ more personal posts…) #goodmorning
— Jenny Beaumont (@jennybeaumont) October 5, 2015
The results confirm what I’ve been feeling for quite some time, and which echo the minimalist mantra that I’ve recently adopted : yes, if it adds value.
I’m sure I’ll still be plagued with the insecurity of those other questions, but now when approaching any new article, I’m going to attempt to throw them all out the window and instead ask myself only the one: does this add value?
And the great part is that I don’t even have to ask myself, “for whom?” Because if it can add value to just one person, even if that person is myself, then I say, that’s good enough.
People might tell me I’m doing it wrong. I get told that a lot. It used to freak me out, but now it makes me smile.
There may be clear cut cases of doing it right or wrong, but mostly:
- There are always more than one way to do a thing.
- The fear of doing it wrong keeps us from doing awesome stuff.
- People who tell you you’re doing it wrong are often: wrong, or afraid, or crazy, or all of the above.
- Doing it wrong means that you’re at least doing something, and hopefully learning while you do it.
- Doing it wrong means that you have awesome stories to tell.
Doing it Wrong, the Story of an Incidental Entrepreneur is the working title of my first book. While I’m working on it, I’ll also be exploring these ideas and more over at www.jennybeaumont.com. Thank you for reading, and thank you for your continued support!
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