Too many inputs

blogging, life stuff

I’ve been in and out of the beta of iOS 13, installing social apps and listening to loads of podcasts and I’ve realised it’s gotten on top of me again. I’m ok testing the beta (I can’t write about it yet) but I’ve gotten sucked into spending too much time looking at others content and thoughts rather than creating my own.

I’ve got too much input and need to slow down again. My mind is very busy and having too much in my head is an issue for me, I’m going to have to pair it all back again and get creating.

I’ve got a few projects I’d like to get my teeth into and give me a creative outlet that I desperately need right now.

This is where my heads at right now and this post should serve as a reminder to me to slow down and focus on what I want to create rather than focus on others content and success.

Finding my niche

blogging

It’s been a good few months for getting feedback on my writing, this seems to only have happened in 2019. Prior to this I tried to follow other sites I liked but over the last 10 months or so I have subconsciously changed my writing style.

The feedback I’ve gotten is that my posts are short and mostly to the point. I’ve found that with so much going on today having short posts must be helping people discover and thankfully read my stuff

So I’ll keep this post short 😀 and say thanks to everyone that has pointed this out to me and helped me keep on writing.

Using Bear (again)

apps

I started and stopped using Bear about a month ago but after struggling to organise with Apple Notes I’ve gone back in.

The main reason I’ve gone back is tags. Folders in Apple Notes is ok but I’m finding that the ability to add a quick tag at the bottom of the page I’m writing on is clicking with my brain more. All the dividers such as ‘gifts’ and ‘shopping’ above are tags that Bear automatically uses to create this structure.

What I learned from blogging on Medium

blogging

Trying to make it as an independent blogger is hard, especially in 2018 where the landscape is slowly but surely moving to video and social. I truly believe blogging is not dead and if you find your voice (and more importantly an audience) it is possible to make a go at it. I found that on my previous provider, Squarespace I just couldn’t afford to run my site (at £20 a month) so I looked at making the switch to another platform.

I explored all of the options available to me and went for Medium. It’s a platform that I used on and off since launch but it was a free option that looked like it had potential. Well, the short story is that am now completely off the platform (due to lack of confidence that they would continue long term) but I did take away a few lessons.

Write about what you are passionate about

On my previous site I focussed a lot on technology and found that over time it wore me down just writing about one of my passions. When I moved to Medium I found that I had a good response to a variety of subjects I wrote about, anything from games to movies.This was my main lesson, I am now going to be writing about what I’m passionate about.

Medium is full of startups

I found a heavy bias towards life coaches and startups on Medium. Writing about technology, movies and more traditional subjects aren’t popular enough to gain traction on the platform. Everything that rises up or is picked by their editors is all around the startup scene, if you don’t write these kinds of posts I wouldn’t invest in using the platform.

Make use of tags

It’s something I’ll be doing going forward on this blog, make sure of tagging to make sure that you are discovered by new audiences.

Own your content

My biggest takeaway, it’s better to build your own content on your own blog than build someone else’s platform. I have zero confidence in Medium, I give it 3-5 years before it goes out of business. I’d rather build it somewhere else.

Have you used Medium?

Let me know in the comments.