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Back To The Roots of This Blog

This article here is mainly addressed to the friendly people who stop by regularly to read my blog. But this article is also there to write some things down for myself.

Some time ago I created another blog where I mainly wanted to write about technology and computer games related subjects. The reason was to try out niche blogging and to publish my future technology related articles there and not here anymore, because I thought too many subjects could confuse my readers.

I noticed pretty soon that it isn´t my thing to manage more than more blog at once. I did put the idea with the technology blog aside for a while but I came back to the idea with the niche blog later again. You can see there was a lot of flip-flopping going on.

Until today I didn´t like to care for more than one blog. And I thought a lot about all this over the last days.  Again I came to the thought that the new blog achieved just one thing, I was again annoyed to manage both blogs and I learned something about the way I want to blog and the reasons why I did set up this blog where you read the article right now.

In 2013 I gave myself some answers that were so clear that I don´t even know today why I created a second blog in the technology niche, when I already prefered to blog on my general blog here anyway. In February 2014 I noticed again why I dislike niche blogging, but I didn´t listen to myself and tried it again and again.

One thing is clear, I love this general and broad blog you read right now. And all the last weeks I was more and more thinking that I should export all the articles from my newer blog to this one here, to go back to the roots, to have a broad blog where I can put down all my thoughts about all my interests. This is how everything started here in 2011. I created the blog here to have a place where I can write about anything and all my interests, no matter if this blog will have tons of different subjects.

The intention with the newer technology blog was good. I thought it would be better for the readers if I don´t mix too many subjects here and created the other blog for the technology subjects, so that only photography and photo stories would be published here in the future. I got the idea and nobody suggested me to manage more than one blog. It was me who tried that. But over and over again I got the impression that this is not me. I am a private person and not a business that can pack out hundreds of articles a day to spread them all over to a network of blogs. I´m a single person and not a company that hires many writers. I got more and more the thoughts that I had to pull the plug.

Today I did that. I deleted and exported every article of my technology blog over to the blog here. I am passionate about many things and if I would create a niche blog for all my interests, I would end up with a hand full of different blogs if not even more. I simply want to write about things that I am interested in, no matter how mixed the subjects of this blog will be. This was the main intention I had when I created this blog in 2011. And this is how I want to blog again in the future, which is why I had to delete my other blog.

Some of you told me that you don´t see a problem if there are too many subjects on my blog as you would just skip the subjects that aren´t of you interest. And some of you were right, this is how it worked for a while when I published all my technology and computer game articles here with a hand full of other subjects like my photo stories. Not everyone liked this kind of variety but anyway I was able create a community around my content. It´s just that you skipped some subjects to come back later if there were your favorite topics.

So, I met already a dozen of pretty cool other bloggers and this community works even if you don´t write on a niche blog. It´s more than this here in the WordPress community. The blogs don´t have to be about certain subjects, they are often rather about personalities. I simply want the freedom to explore what ever topic goes through my head. This is how I started and how I should do it again in the future. This is why I will give up on the second blog that I had running additionally to the one you read right now. I don´t want to be stuck to something, I don´t want to limit myself to write about one specific topic only.

This is me, this really reflects how I do think. Then I did set up this blog for self-improvement. I wanted to improve my English, because it´s my second language apart from my native language German. I do believe there are proceedings when I compare my 2011 and 2014 articles. Self-improvement also because blogging is pretty much a thought process, and this process taught me a lot about myself. I can´t need any topic specific limits in this process. Writing in niche blogs, that is not me. Writing in a broad blog, that is me and that is where I feel fun.

To end this too long article, I just wanted to say that you will find technology related articles again on this blog in the future and in a mix with all the other subjects you saw anyway.

So, it won´t change much, it´s just that you might see more mixed subjects again, especially the technology articles that I published back then before I experimented with a niche blog. But I give up on the technology niche blog. I go back to the roots now with this blog here. Just wanted to write about my decision.

3 Comments »

  1. Hi Dennis. I think that it was worth it to experiment with the technology blog because you learned something about the way you like to blog by doing it. However, I think that you are right to go back to your roots now that you are sure that managing multiple blogs doesn’t suit you. After all you did call this blog “Diary of Dennis” so it should reflect all your interests.

    • Exactly 🙂 It was worth it because I learned and I was able to import all the articles to this blog here anyway so that there was no loss or wasted time and energy. I like this import and export function.

      Also you made a good point that I didn´t even mention in my post. The name of this blog reflected pretty well that people might find different kind of subjects here and this is how it has been from the beginning on.

      I learned: We shouldn´t torture ourselves with a certain blogging strategy just because it´s suggested by marketing blogs, we rather should blog so that it´s stays fun. Without fun, it´´l feel like a job but not like a hobby. Everyone must find out his preferences. Right, I think I was able to do this now. 🙂

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