I went to my first blogging conference at the weekend – Blog Camp UK 2015 – that was hosted by the team at Tots100. It was a last minute decision – I discovered the event after it was trending on Twitter at 8.30am, and by 10.00am I had signed up, downloaded a ticket, got myself ready and was standing outside The Studio in the centre of Birmingham.
It was a brilliant experience – there were lots of food, mummy and lifestyle bloggers from all over the UK, eager to participate in the different workshops that were available, from creating a travel blog, working with brands and vlogging, to metrics, monetizing food blogs and eating yourself happy.
One in particular caught my eye, and it turned out to be one of the most inspiring 45 minutes that I’ve experienced in a while. Presented by Becky Goddard-Hill (@babybudgeting) and Penny Alexander (@PennyAlexander_), two professional and award winning bloggers, they shared their knowledge on Pro Blogging, giving hints and tips on how to make a living from writing online.
I’ve started to have some minor success with this blog, and it has given me the confidence to want to take it to the next level, but there was one particular realisation that hit me during the conference.
I need to separate the personal from the professional.
My mother has always said (and forgive me for channelling my inner Forrest Gump here) that you should never tell anyone anything that you wouldn’t want the whole world knowing. Suzie81 Speaks began almost as an online journal, and over the last two years I have poured my inner most thoughts and anxieties into this little space of the internet, gaining confidence from the false sense of anonymity that a computer screen provides.
I am proud of what I have achieved. However, as the blog has grown I have experienced a number of occasions where the personal has clashed with the professional, and I have been left with feelings of anxiety at the realisation that real people, people within my own life, actually read my thoughts. It’s my own fault, having shared some of my posts on my personal Facebook page and told some of my family and friends about it, but I’ve been delighted by the support and response that I’ve had. However, there have been a few occasions where one of them has remarked about something that they have read, and I have found myself checking what I have written to ensure that it isn’t anything too embarrassing….
As 2015 is about taking the risk, (and I’ve taken so many already this year) I have decided to start a second blog. This doesn’t mean that Suzie81 Speaks is going to be neglected, indeed I am going to continue to write in the same way I always have and build up the already amazing connections, readership and community that I have. However, my second blog will focus more on my daily life experiences and adventures rather than my personal thoughts – food, trips, reviews… A second blog won’t take away the anxiety of people in my real life reading it, but I know that I will feel more comfortable by directing them to my professional blog instead!
There’s a whole world of possibilities out there and I’m excited to try them all!
What do you guys think? Do any of you have more than one blog? Do you have any advice?
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