I’ve put a lot of thought into why I started DetailBliss.com. It’s (shockingly) a lot of invested time, 12am sleepless thoughts, and actually costing me money to own a domain plus hosting fees. So in the past few weeks as I’ve started posting weekly (and hopefully bi-weekly in the near future), this is what I’ve come up with:
- Was it ‘cause I love talking about myself? (I don’t—most of the time. It makes me super uncomfortable.)
- Was it because I read a ton of blogs and I was jumping on the bandwagon? (Maybe I’ll call it being inspired, ‘cause that sounds better.)
- Was it because I felt that my voice was worth sharing, I could provide value to whomever reads any of these posts, and because I wanted to become a better writer?
- Was it because I wanted to leverage it into an income at some point?
- Was it because I turned 23 and my memory is spectacularly poor and I wanted to remember some highlights throughout the years? (Not exaggerating.)
- Was it because I feel really, really isolated out here in nowhere, Oregon and I wanted to be able to create a sense of community, to share my perspective of a wayward entrepreneurial journey, and to try to eliminate the negative stigma (to myself & others) of being in the process of “figuring it all out” in your early-mid-twenties?
It’s likely a mixture of all of these things. Maybe some aspects are a little selfish. And that is perfectly okay. I’m not sitting here writing about the minutiae of the everyday. That’s not worth writing nor reading. So if I’m going to flood everyone’s social media pages with stuff I’ve written, I know I owe you all an explanation as to why I’m doing it.
I remember when I first joined Facebook in 2008. And if I scroll waaaaaay back there’s a lot of cringe-worthy teenager stuff like depressing song lyrics, cryptic updates hinting about drama, and literally posts like this (and yes, this is really embarrassing to share, but it gets the point across):
I was literally talking about absolutely nothing into a vacuum. It was zero percent interesting with zero percent of a point. It’s a strange comparison, but apt, and definitely would be an example of not providing value.
I recently purchased a much-recommended writing book called Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. Definitely worth a read if you’re considering a job as any kind of writer. But throughout the book, there’s this underlying message of writing for the right reasons. The attitude should be that of privilege not a right. Handley writes that you need to “value your relationship with your audience,” and “put their needs first.” Which means there’s a focus on clarity, brevity, and utility. The first two are just basic good writing. But utility = value. What’s the point of reading something if it’s not useful in some way? (E.g. entertainment, information, polarizing viewpoints, etc).
Consume Less, Create More
As I mentioned before, I read a lot of blogs. Seriously. And I use Pinterest like a maniac because I’m always looking for new business ideas, marketing angles, DIY projects, recipes, and out-of-the-box house ideas. And as a creative person, I know how easy it is to get into a cycle of consuming a massive amount of content with absolutely nothing constructive to show for it (i.e. how many of those recipes that I’ve pinned have actually made it to my kitchen?)
Blogging holds me more accountable to not only creating content but experimenting with creative projects. That smoothie recipe I posted this week or the table I refinished are both examples. Would I have done that without detail*bliss? Maybe. But the excitement of learning how to do a refinishing project and having the ability to share it makes me really happy. What if providing my first-timers perspective on doing a seemingly complicated project inspires someone to attack that piece that’s been loitering in their garage forever? That’s the point.
Even though I’m new to this, I’ve learned a lot from consuming a massive amount of others “how to” content on blogging, business, and lifestyle.
You don’t see a lot behind any of the posts (yes, even the “stupid simple” stuff like my Summer-Inspired Shot post). I don’t just slap up the first photo I take and my rough draft. What you’re not seeing are the many blurry vetoed pictures or the cacophony of notes that I’ve recently organized into notebooks on Evernote. I can promise you that if you commit to actually creating these posts (graphics, photography, writing, re-writing, marketing) that you’ll improve:
- How to take better pictures
- How to create better outlines
- How to create better graphics
- How to self-edit
- How to organize your ideas into something digestible
- How to efficiently use your time (still working on this one)
- How to improve marketing strategies
Tons more, but I’m sure you get the idea. Implementing improvement ideas cements the concepts waaaay better than just reading about them.
I hope I’ve done well by Ann Handley’s 3 principles of writing (clarity, brevity, and utility), but as this post is nearing 1000 words I’ll come to the conclusion. If any (or all) of these points resonate with you, definitely consider putting your voice out there. Despite what you may think, you definitely have value to provide with others. Your entire perspective is unique, your experiences are new. If you feel like you have something to say there’s definitely something for you to write about. And it’s an experiment in self-growth as well.