Last week, I reflected on the WootSuit Youtube channel about finding my voice. There, the point of the video was reflecting on what kind of voice I wanted for the vlog (tone, topics, purpose, intent, delivery, etc.), but the reflection also covered this blog as well.
When I first set up the blog a few years back, it was intended to be an online public-facing journal of my return to school for paramedicine. Then, life happened and I decided to indefinitely shelve that idea, but I kept blog running since I found value in it. The blog forced me to be productive and write regularly every week with the intention of publishing.
Over time, the topics have tended to concentrate of a few areas, mostly related to my professional lives – being a board member and Chair of a non-profit, teaching and learning, personal development, and health/fitness.
Yet, throughout these roughly connected topics, I’ve yet to intentionally create a through line that presents a coherent, meaningful voice. Thankfully I’m not intentionally trying to market myself through this blog because I don’t have the first clue who my audience is beyond myself. That’s not all bad, though. I write for myself and it’s a process of discovery for me. Writing helps me to organize my thoughts as I attempt to articulate them outside of my head in a way that makes sense for someone else.
A consequence of this approach, though, is a haphazard set of reflections and a bit of a scattered voice. Sure, it’s my voice, but it’s not one that I’m satisfied with.
As I said in the video, I don’t yet have a good answer. This post is not intended to be an announcement of some new direction for the site. It’s just a reflection from a person who still doesn’t really have things figured out (yet).