When JapanCanMix.com debuted back in mid-June 2014, I wanted to get over the fear of hitting publish and sharing my innards with anyone who arrived on my e-doorstep. Improving my writing skills and sharing images was also there but not much else was confirmed. Well, becoming recognized for my skills and knowledge (a kind of famous) probably cavorted in some back corner of my brain.
Having little direction other than seeing what would happen was not a bad thing. Six plus months later, I’ve learned that change and not knowing are both okay. I also discovered that WordPress Blogging U courses are addictive and resistance is futile so this month’s behind-the-scenes focus will be Blogging 101.
JapanCanMix needs an overhaul. I realized that while Japan is an ever-present part of my life, it is not the only thing that defines me. I also worried that focusing on Japan was too narrow for me.
Telling Hitoshi that I didn’t want to be defined by him and his culture in the blog was an interesting conversation. We talked about his influence in the blog and I also had to think about what I meant by my statement.
Japan has been a significant part of my life for over 8 years. It will continue to be there far into the future. Where do I want to go with the blog and what role will Japan play? I don’t have an answer yet.
Being Hitoshi’s other half is a position I am immensely proud of and I’m thrilled to love and be frustrated with aspects of Japan, but these are only part of an always evolving me. My curiosity for other cultures, love of travel, interest in photography and art, and appreciation for compelling stories goes back long before I joined forces with Japan.
This month, the Author Info and Blog Info pages will be completely redone. They will be more personal and reflective of all of me. Healthy risks, living beyond comfort, respect, justice, kindness, discovery, information, human rights, environmental protection, strong relationships, and being outdoors are topics that are major parts of my existence.
While I want to encourage visiting Japan, I also want to share stories from Thailand, Australia, and Finland. Having been more interested in anywhere other than Canada for the majority of my life, good ol’ Canada has been neglected. I plan to inject more Canada into the blog but I’m not sure what that will look like.
As for goals and dreams for 2015, I want to figure out how to get 20-30 comments per post, 30+ likes per post, 100 unique viewers per day with at least three page views each, and 500 subscribers. My posting schedule will include three posts per week: one photography related, one story, and one podcast. Hitoshi and I will try for two English podcasts a month. Now I need to figure out a plan to get where I want to go.
Change is coming and I’m more than ready.
If you have a blog, how are things going? Do you have plans for change, big or small, in the coming months?