When thinking of ideas to put on this website I sometimes struggle with what I want to write about vs what I should write about. This poses an obvious issue: what are the rules for this platform and where do they come from.
The answer came, oddly enough, from listening to a right-wing journalist talking on a podcast. (To declare myself Left of Center would be an understatement, however I find that it is important to remember – in this polarised time particularly – that to make your mind up on a topic you must first listen to and understand all, if not the main, sides of the argument. Here ends a pointless explanation of my podcast habits!)
As I was saying, this journalist in question passionately talked about how we must strive to remain separate from the crowd. They insisted on the dystopia that awaits those who blindly follow as sheep and who do not question all they are told. What has this got to do with my personal dilemma of what do write about on my website? I am getting there.
This website is a hobby for me. This is where I experiment with writing styles and structures and forms. I write about the books I have liked or disliked; I create lists of books and authors that have made my life richer so I might share their work. Surely then, rules do not apply.
In the world of website management and digital marketing the most important thing is growth. How many people can I get to my website in one month? How can I increase the traffic to my website? I know the answers to these questions however they do not lead to a place I want to go with a hobby of mine. I believe in art for art’s sake; what do I need growth for when this is a place for me to sit back and relax?
So, when I heard this journalist fighting passionately to convince listeners to turn from the crowd and find the answers for themselves it made me think. I can do whatever the hell I want to do with my website because there are no rules. If there were rules, I would have written them anyway.
At the end of the day I just want to write and so I will.