What do I have to tell?

This is a question I didn’t find easy to answer. It has some kind of philosophy hanging around it, because in fact it also means “who am I?”, or actually, “who will my readers think I am?”. It’s all about profiling. Most of you have never met me in person, and some will also never do, so the image I give you on my website about myself is who you will think I am.

If you follow some blogs, you probably have noticed that lots of them are about one niche topic. This can go from “Photoshop” over “yoga initiations” to “Greek philosophy” or “Sudanese for dummies”, but you won’t often find a blog about a combination of topics (and especially not about the combination of my example topics).
The advantage of this strategy is that your readers will be more devoted. I can’t imagine someone reading a blog about playing the trombone without being interested. And normally the reader won’t only be interested in that certain article she or he is reading, but also in 90% of the other articles in the blog. This will make the reader come back more often, or subscribe him/herself to the newsletter or news feed.

Because I’m not planning to use my website only as a blog (but also for photos and articles), I found it not really a problem to combine different topics. And the topics I’ve currently chosen are:

The written word
Web development

The first two speak for themselves, I guess? These are my main interests (or hobbies as you like), and I’m quite certain that I have one or two things to say about them.
About “The written word”: I like reading since I was a kid, both fiction and non-fiction, and with the integration of the internet in my daily life, I started to read more and more online. On the other hand, I also started to write stories on my own. This began with an article called “Iceland for beginners”, published on
BootsnAll , and the plan is to write these kind of articles more often. And of course the blog has also quite some writing involved.
What you can expect from the fourth topic “Web development” is not strictly some source code of how I did “this” and how I could do “that”. In fact, I would like to stick more to theory in this part, for example “what are good ways to attract the attention”, “how to make a website more user friendly”, and so on. Also, I would like to discuss differences between CMS software and these kind of things. So even for the non-programmer, this might be an interesting topic.

One last question I’m asking myself is if there should be room for evolution. Should I stick to my main four topics, or if the visitors or myself find it necessary, should I expand? Maybe it’s too early to already answer this question. But with not deciding at this very moment, I’m probably already leaving room for evolution…


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