This is not only days after my second blogaversary, but it’s also my 200th blog post on WordPress. Huzzah.
Now back to your regularly scheduled blog.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t blogged in over a month. In that month, I experienced both the ADA Tour de Cure and the Roche Social Media Summit, and neglected to blog on either of them. Unlike previous gaps in my blogging, I haven’t been struggling too much regarding my personal life or my diabetes life (although I could be doing a lot better with the latter). I did start (another) new job, which thus far, although it is a temp gig, looks promising. I have been busy dating, which has, also, thus far, looked promising (but I’ll leave the details out;) ). Other than that I’ve pretty much been spending time living a life outside of the internet.
I know. Shocking.
I have been keeping up on Facebook a little bit, and I did manage to score an invite to Google+ , so I wouldn’t say I have been completely offline. But I have enjoyed a break in my online life. However, being away from the DOC always takes its toll on my care. Support is so important.
I also missed my second blogaversary, which happened last Wednesday.
Yes, in many ways, it’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I began this journey. In other ways, I felt a lot better about myself and my blogging life last year on my first blogaversary. I have two or three side projects in preliminary phases (one of which has been there for a year). That little side trip to Utah sure didn’t help that any.
But in all reality, with these side projects on the horizon, I have really taken time to consider where my blog is going (with little conclusion). The way I see it, it could go one of two ways:
1) Staying personal.
Typically I have written about my life, what I do, how I treat my diabetes. Giving advice to others on how to treat THEIR diabetes is dangerous territory and something we generally try to avoid in the DOC blogging world UNLESS we have medical experience or interview someone who does, and even then we add disclaimers. *YDMV* = your diabetes may vary.
So the first idea is to keep the blog extremely personal, both regarding diabetes and regarding my personal life, things I’m into, topics I find interesting, and how diabetes affects other aspects of my life. Still a diabetes blog, but the focus is on me and the blog is primarily for those who are close to me (or the creepy internet stalkers).
2) Push for professionalism
As I consider nursing school, becoming a CDE, and the desire to keep writing and touching those with diabetes, this whole “developing my brand” idea comes to mind. Schooling myself in social media (did I mention I’m on Google+?), developing my writing skills (hello, no formal training), and doing everything I can to put myself out there. Does this mean creating a new website? Breaking down and buying a domain? And for goodness sake, learning how to use wordpress.org?
The second route means more work, but potentially more payoff in the long run. A chance to do what I love for a living. Of course, that’s all far far down the line, but it’s a thought.
So the question is, where do I go form here? It’s hard enough trying to find your purpose in your physical life, but to have to determine the same thing for my online persona?
Another quarter life crisis has arrived.
So, my fair readers. How do you feel? If you’re reading this after my break, you probably either have have me on your reader or you are really devoted to me. Maybe you’re a facebook frien
I love the phrase “quarter life crisis.” Hilarious!
Also, have you tried Google plus? What do you think about it?
I totally know where you are coming from. I have been out of the blogging game for near a year due to burnout but feel it was time to get back into it because I wanted to and my approach on it is in the right place. For me, my issue was trying to force my topics to always relate directly to Diabetes. That got to be too much work without enough gratification. I realize now that going about it like option 1 in your post is how I will be able to lessen the burnout. blog about my life be it directly about Diabetes or indirectly. whichever way you choose, make sure that you do it because you enjoy it instead of it feeling like a job.
I’ve been busy with other parts of life to blog, but its not meant to be an obligation, which I think is good advice. Glad you can write when time permits!