I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Blogging conflict

There seems to be quite a bit of this going around at the moment. I myself feel a lit­tle bit caught in one for many rea­sons, and a cou­ple of oth­er peo­ple also seem to be in sim­i­lar situations.
So why this con­flict? Well my per­son­al con­flict seems to be devel­op­ing from a cou­ple of things. One being that I feel Elec­tric Week­end seems to have lost it’s way a lit­tle bit, lack­ing a lit­tle bit of focus. The sec­ond is devel­op­ing from a recent arti­cle I read about free­lancers blog­ging. Two quite big issues, that whilst unre­lat­ed also seem to be related.
The sec­ond issue, which was prompt­ed by the Free­lance Switch arti­cle, has gen­er­at­ed a very impor­tant ques­tion. Should my port­fo­lio, which is cur­rent­ly sep­a­rate (although I’m aware there is a glim­mer on my blog) to my port­fo­lio be locat­ed in the same place? Whilst I’m not tout­ing myself as a free­lancer pure­ly, but as a grad­u­ate look­ing for a job, I would like to pick up some work in order to keep my “design­ers eye” in. I feel that inte­grat­ing my port­fo­lio with my blog would help with this, add that to the fact my ulti­mate aim is to work for myself, then maybe start­ing now with a port­fo­lio on my already “estab­lished” web pres­ence would be ben­e­fi­cial. But this lit­tle thought then leads itself to my very first thought which I have been strug­gling on for a while. The direc­tion of my blog.
I have always tout­ed my blog as a per­son­al blog. I blog for me, which of course I want to con­tin­ue. How­ev­er, it leaves me with a bit of an issue. I find it hard to write longer con­sid­ered posts. I don’t want to write about myself, and so I don’t, but the lack of a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject seems to be caus­ing me some dif­fi­cul­ty in writ­ing my thoughts down. So the ques­tion comes. How do I focus my blog? I have three main areas of inter­est. One I def­i­nite­ly want my blog to be about, and that’s my faith and beliefs, but then the thought comes into my head is it pos­si­ble to add that to the two oth­er inter­ests? The answer I’m lean­ing towards is not both, but cer­tain­ly one. Design, lends itself to the oth­er sub­ject in one par­tic­u­lar man­ner, that being how it can help make the gospel acces­si­ble. Which I think is some­thing I want to look at. The oth­er sub­ject, Apple, real­ly does­n’t lend itself, but I enjoy it. Argh, I can feel the cir­cle start­ing, because I want to include them all.
So I thought I would ask you guys what you think. Do you think it’s pos­si­ble to have a blog that talks about all three of my main inter­ests? God and my faith, design and Apple? It’s an inter­est­ing ques­tion, and I’d appre­ci­ate your thoughts.

5 responses

  1. i’ve just read about all the stuff w/ ben and 9rules.
    frankly, i think it’s sil­ly. when peo­ple even both­er to read blogs, it’s only because they find the con­tent inter­est­ing. design, apple and reli­gion hap­pen to be fas­ci­nat­ing top­ics, so i don’t see any rea­son why i would stop read­ing yours or any oth­er blogs, regard­less of whether they belong to some so-called community.

  2. Phil -
    I found the con­flict of faith, design and Apple too much to bare so I start­ed anoth­er blog for the lat­ter two.
    But that’s because I want­ed to hit each top­ic real­ly strong­ly and I want­ed a clear­er dis­tinc­tion in my own mind.
    If you blend all three on EW I will con­tin­ue to read. But heck, even if you start talk­ing about ele­phants, I’ll still read.
    Write with some mus­tard — give your blog pas­sion and per­son­al­i­ty. And the best way to do that is to write about what you love.

  3. Thanks guys. Real­ly nice to hear some encour­ag­ing words. I will cer­tain­ly keep going and keep try­ing to bring inter­est­ing con­tent that’s alive.

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