When I started this blog, I was inspired and on top of the world. I was going to change people’s perspective. I was going to focus on blending mindset, nutrition, and fitness. This was supposed to be easy! But, I have no idea what the hell I am doing.
All of these things are still true but I do not feel that I have produced content that truly reflects my mission. Most of what I have done has not illustrated a SKIED lifestyle.
My content thus far has been what my ego thinks people will be interested in. Mostly, it has been the things that I find to be interesting. While not my intention, and I certainly don’t hope I have given you that impression, it is not about me.
In my quest to be different from the masses, I constantly search for gaps to provide value through originality. While it might look like I’m completely lost, know that I am always looking for ways to improve.
Because I have no idea what the hell I’m doing.
The following paragraphs give you a closer look into some of my struggles thus far and a few of the ways I am addressing these. And if you make it to the end, you’ll find that I am giving something away! Hang in there.
Organization and content strategy
Up to this point, I feel like I am blindly going into stuff. Sometimes when I get an idea I’m excited about, it’s really tempting to just sit down and let it rip. Maybe you can tell from the randomness and sub-par posts.
I know there is no best form but I will be committed to streamlining my information and getting to the point. Through a more organized structure, a specific call to action and through the variation of content, (ie. images, infographics, bulleted lists, better headlines, etc.) I promise my posts will flow better.
I want to provide people with helpful information but I feel that my desire to do so is distracting me from being original. There is so much great information out there and everything has been said. How can I say it differently? Or turn the table and go the other way while still providing value?
So where do I fit? What is it that would be meaningful to people?
My plan is to start speaking from within. Using some of my own stories for examples. The random shit I think of in addition to the great content from others.
My promotion strategy
I have to admit; I do feel guilty always promoting my stuff. The last thing I want to do is annoy people with more things to read. Especially with articles that they have no interest in.
The same with my Facebook page. I am picking things that I think will be interesting. Not really sure how I’m doing, but I will always strive to keep it light, interesting and actionable.
For now, I don’t have much of an audience so I hope you don’t take it personally. Because I have no idea what the hell I’m doing.
I think I have some form of ADD
I’m jumping from one idea to the next hoping for a sign that tells me it’s the right one. I sometimes catch myself switching to another idea that came up while I’m in the middle of an article.
Or maybe it’s the opposite of ADD, DDA, Desperate Doubtful Attention where I try way too hard to make something out of nothing. DDA, not bad Kyle. #Trademark. I’m not looking that up either to see if it already exists. Come at me, bro.
Where was I?
The same goes for a specific thought or a blog vision. I could do that. I think that would be great. Nah, I need to focus on what I initially said I was going to, wellness. But Kyle, are you sure? It seems relevant, doesn’t it?
With so many different ideas, where is the balance between sticking with something and readjusting your goals? I sure as hell couldn’t tell you.
By the way, I might switch my site up a little bit.
I think I have some form of OCD
I want the post to be good so bad it’s almost obsessive. Like smeagol wanting Frodo’s ring. I need to know all of the things. I need to fix things immediately and be in control. Young Kyle, you must let go, they say. Of course, I’ll question why.
When is something ever done?
In blogging and life, it is a working challenge for me. Accepting something is good enough while ensuring that it provides value will always be a high priority for me.
PS. I’m doubting this post right now as I edit it.
Man, I’m kind of boring
Looking back through my stuff, it appears I have lost touch with my own voice. A lot of text muttered words and a passive voice that Michelle constantly reminds me of. What the hell was I thinking when I wrote it?
In my desperation to have an impact, I feel like I’m splurging out precisely placed words that do not reflect my own personality. I feel like I have to be so damn formal and walk on egg shells because it’s meant for someone else.
I’ve turned into a damn robot and it is time to loosen up. I’ll start by being more straightforward and talking like a real person in an honest, unafraid voice.
Wrap it up
I could go on about the other challenges I’m facing but that’s beside the point. The point is that moving forward, I will be stepping my game up. And if you are interested, I want you with me. I can’t be the only one who wants to share. And why do we believe that “influencers” have all of the answers?
I keep coming back to the idea of getting others involved in my blog through a reflection section. I haven’t thought it through yet but it could be a place where people share their own stories related to wellness. It could also be a place to contribute your own SKIED tips, realizations or inspirations.
There is always an open invitation. Let’s make the internet a better place through great stories and inspiring messages.
Thank you all
As an incentive to providing an answer to the questions above/below (or any feedback at all), I will be giving away one of my favorite books, the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, to a random person. Because mornings are oh so special.
To get give the people what they want, I am looking for answers to two questions:
- What are your biggest challenges with either nutrition, fitness, or mindset?
- What is missing out there or what do you want to see more of?
Shoot me an email or comment below if you would like to participate.