I’d like to start with a cliche quote which you’ve probably heard plenty of times before to set the scene for the rest of this post:
Benjamin Franklin — ‘Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.’
So welcome back to me. I’ve been missing off the blog-osphere for quite a while now, but finally here I am, I’m back and I promise (fingers crossed) I’ll stick around this time! The day after my last post I tagged along with my mother to a small business conference which was interesting enough despite me not being in any sort of business leader role at the moment. There was one speaker in particular that caught my attention when talking about his blog-writing and the large following he had. During the break between presenters I decided to take up the opportunity to go have a chat to this guy about how he became such a successful blogger. His advice to me was 1) write something everyday – which at the time I was actually already doing, 2) topic purity. I hadn’t a clue what that meant so I asked and he explained that it was simple enough: if you want a large following, you need to tap into your readers interests, not just your own. Everyone has lots of interests and the way in which we bond with other people is when our interests overlap however if you’re writing about all your interests then each topic might only be interesting to a certain group of your readers. In my head I’ve broken it down to a 6-th grade math-like scenario that goes like this:
Sandy writes a blog about her interests. Sandy has 5 potential readers. Sandy’s interests are shoes, make-up and soccer. Of her potential readers 1 is interested in shoes, make-up and soccer, 2 are interested in shoes and make-up only, 1 is interested in shoes and soccer only and 1 is interested in shoes only. If Sandy writes about all 3 of her interests then she is not capturing the attention of all her readers every time. For example, when she posts about make-up she is only capturing 3 of her potential 5 readers. If Sandy continues to post about make-up, shoes AND soccer, then each post will only capture a certain few among her readers. However if she consistently posts about shoes every time, then every post with capture the attention of all her potential readers.
I’m not sure if that made as much sense to you as it did to me in my head but basically what I’m trying to say, is that the advice this guy gave me was that if I want to get a large following of people then I need to consistently post about a narrow interest field because people don’t often want to follow a blog that only posts about something that interests them some of the time. Instead, they follow blogs that they find interesting all the time. As I said, it’s a simple enough concept, but for some reason it blew my mind and sent me into a slight panic that my blog seemed to be about anything and everything. In fact the reason why I’d dubbed my blog ‘kitty’s journal’ is because I was planning to write as if I was literally writing in a private journal and that meant writing about whatever the hell was on my mind at that given moment. I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to post again until I chose which one of my interests I should continue writing about. It took a while but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘health’ will be my topic for this blog, however knowing me I’ll still occasionally throw in some other posts about random topics because, well, f*** the system I guess.
You might be thinking, ‘Hey, you’ve already gone and done it! You said this blog was now going to be about health and this post so far has had nothing to do with it!” True, True, I say, but that is about to change! The title of this post, ‘Biting the Bullet’ not only represents the fact that I am finally getting back to blogging again. But it also represents the fact that I am going to get back into regular exercise and healthy eating again.
I was doing really well going to the gym pretty much every day up until I left for a holiday to Europe on November 6th. Initially I tried to keep up with my fitness on holiday by running everyday with my best friend who I was holidaying with. It was easy at first cause she pushed me to work hard and it was also a good way to see the sights. Our first run was through Rome to the Colosseum and I’ve got to say, it was a pretty damn enjoyable run. The other thing that made it easier was that at first I was up and full of beans at 6:30am due to jetlag, but as I settled into the new time frame, my rising out of bed got pushed back later and later, the cold, wet weather didn’t help my desire to get outside either. As you’d expect, as the the trip went on, my running days became fewer and farther apart. By the end of the trip I had only done one run the whole week and it was less than half the distance (not to mention probably half the speed) of what my initial runs were. My friend on the other hand has an uncanny ability to keep up with exercise, so she maintained a regular running schedule throughout the trip (damn her)! I am proud to say, however, that I did do at least one run in all the cities we visited: Rome, Florence, Venice, Bern, Paris and London.
Anyway, point is, now that I’m home (got back last Friday the 6th), I need to get back on top of my health and fitness! Sadly though, before I left I had to quit my job as a live-in nanny because I’m starting Uni next year and won’t be able to provide them with the hours they need. That also meant I had to move out. So I’ve come home to no job and no house and most importantly, no money. I’ve unfortunately had to quit my beloved gym membership which makes motivation to exercise a lot harder! On the plus side though, within a day of getting home I’ve secured a job as a Personal Assistant for an athlete I’d previously nannied for. It starts next week which means the money will soon be rolling in. Then as soon as I find a place to live (so I can get off mother’s couch) the next thing on the priority list will be joining a new gym! Until then though, I’ll have to make to with the great outdoors! Starting tomorrow I’ll be training for a triathlon that I plan to do in Jan or Feb (depending on my progress).