She said she'll help me 'rebrand my site'. For free.
On account of our online friendship.
I'm grateful and eager.
''You have to decide on a subject'', she says. ''Your blog is too generic. Pick up a subject, what you stand for, what you are passionate about, and stick with it. You want people to come to you for a specific reason''
I tell her it makes sense.
''So what do people come to you for?'' she probes further.
I pose to think.
'Tell me what you love doing on fb and what people like your posts for'', she tries to help me.
The next day I get back to her with a list, as instructed.
''I express myself through:
-Delivering happiness and hope
-Raising awareness for important issues
-Inspiring by example
-Making connections and harboring interconnections
-Promoting my work (blogs- ebook)''
''Still too broad, you need to narrow this down,''she insists.
''How about, Sexuality combined with Spirituality, or Eternal Youth of Mind and Soul? Just revolving around a theme...You get the idea...''
Yeah, I got the idea.
Problem is, I dont like that idea.
I cant for the life of me restrict myself to a particular subject for my blog. I simply cant. Even if that means missing on the chance to 'brand' my blog, or me or both, as is usual in blodsphere.
To me, man is a multi-dimensional being.
All of us can do many, many things and also do certain things better than others ( think specialisation).
But all great discoveries, inventions and breakthroughs in this world were, are, being made by people who do MANY things and are capable of combining many seemingly disparate things and notions.
Out of those many kinds of things, a sort of cross-breeding happens.
Let me give you an example.
When a great musician starts painting, no painter who is simply a mewre painter will ever be able to do the things he/she does. Some of the energy of his music will permeate his work and give him different perspective and insights and cre\ativity. If he/she is passionately in love too, then something of this passionate love will be present in that painting. If a painter is just a painter, the painting will be flat, one-dimensional, without much depth. Maybe technically perfect, but neither inspiring nor awe-inducing, in other words, no great work
This holds true of everything.
Even physical attraction.
Most of us are attracted to types of people physically and emotionally different to us, because nature makes us choose unions by which the children borne will have a variety in their genetic pool and a richer life full of diverse expereiences from both partners.
Everything physical thrives in combining different things.
Sameness is boring and unproductive.
Yet, how we all crave it.
To blend in is a deeply ingrained instinct, so we crave assimilation, uniformity, safety. To each their own, we say. Then we yawn and die of boredom. Because safety, specialisation and uniformity are neat and necessary, but so not miracle-inspiring.
Sure, I can have a blog created around a theme( see my
But I cant confide myself to it, It'd dead unispiring, like feeding on the same meal of ideas every day. And when something becomesboring, the flow of ideas stops.
I love trying and learning and writing about many many different and highly unrelated things. That's who I am; and I figure being who I am in my writings is more important than specialising ( also, I'm a tick-head, non-teachable material blogger, as my rebranding expert friend realised :) )
Go try as many things as possible in life. They will all contribute to your energy, each of them making you a bit richer, with a bit more depth and more dimensional
And your work, any kind of work you happen to be doing, creative or other wise, will reflect that. People will pick on that. They will be attracted to your creative efforts. They'll instinctively think ''this is good'' and they'll want some more of the same.
Even if your blog leaves a lot to be desired ,design and brand-wise