What is this blog actually about?

Does it need to be “about” anything?

I was speaking with a friend today and he commented that he found the blog a little confusing. He couldn’t figure out what it was actually about because the content was so varied. It got me thinking about what the blogs goal is and why I am even bothering to write it.

I have never really bought in to the lifestyle of consumerism and although I like to do the odd swimwear review you won’t find the blatant “objects that will make you happy” theme that runs through so many blogs online right now. So it’s not about that.

I have never read a self help book in my life. You won’t find me regurgitating Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins and claiming it as some kind of personal revelation. So it’s not about that.

I am not a personal trainer. I won’t be writing about diets or workout routines like I know better than the other 1 billion personal trainers out there. I just comment on what works for me. So it’s not about that.

I am not a “like” chaser. It’s great to reach a larger audience but if people don’t like me then I am cool with that. So it’s not about that.

I have often wondered about the blog and it’s reach. I have always written about the things that are important to me, and left it to my readers to decided what they like and do not like. Sometimes it’s meaningful, sometimes superficial. Sometimes agreeable, sometimes controversial. I have had and shared my fair share of opinions, and that is where the answer lies I think.

Each of us is a complex mess of different experiences, ideas, opinions and personality traits and if the blog appears to cover a lot of ground it’s because there is a lot about my world that catches my attention. So the blog will continue to be about whatever it’s about at the time that I write it, and people may like what I write or not. I learned a long time ago that not everybody has to like me and I’m okay with that.

  • Andrew Highriser

    I can’t help but think of the old phrase, All over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast. And so what! It is about your life through your eyes and what you like to share with your readers. Is your life focused on one thing that you then write about? Of course not. I enjoy reading your blog. It is about your life, and there is always the challenge of reading between the lines.

  • Speedosteve

    Shannon the blog is just fine.
    I love the unexpectedness of what your going to write about or photograph next.
    Just keep it going as its always been and I’m sure all your followers will be happy – the randomness is what makes it fun.

  • I think if your blog focused on just one thing or part of your life, I probably wouldn’t visit as often or maybe at all. I like the way you think, what you have to say, and how you see things. Just keep being you, and it’s all good! 🙂

  • Geebee

    One reason I keep reading your blog is I feel you keep it honest and real, unlike some other blogs, (ie Wavey Davey, which I long since stopped reading), which seemed to have become nothing more than marketing ploys.

  • A fan in West Virginia

    I have read your blog for two + years and followed you from web site to web site. i am not hip with all the facebook, twitter, etc. i thoroughly enjoy reading your zany thoughts and comments. i just wish you were a little less australia and a lot more ‘worldly’. like viet nam and your trip to the us. i also would like to hear your opinion on obamas inaguration speech and gay rights. a little tweaking sure, but please don’t change.

  • Len

    Shannon, your blog, don’t change a thing. Love you & your blog.

  • Jay M.

    I think your blog is perfect. A mix of personal experiences, “advice”, fun, pictures, and a bit of spice thrown in for fun! I quit worrying about what others thought about my blog. If they like it, they’ll read it, even if not every post. If they want to comment, they can. I admit that I don’t comment on every post, but I read every one. And I find at least 90% of them interesting even if I can’t find the words to comment on them. Or I’m pressed for time.

    I quit looking at my stats for the most part. I love my readers and commenters. Reach isn’t a big thing with me. My blog is sort of my “outlet”, perhaps a journal, perhaps a place to rant and rave and just get it out. And while I don’t post pictures of me too often (and not in Speedos, I do NOT want to get sued by that august corporation), I love that you are open enough to do so.

    So, does a blog have to have a direction? A goal? A predictable audience? A reach? Personally, I don’t think so, and I think you agree. Like you, I write when the mood strikes me, about what has sparked the current spiel coming out from under my fingers.

    Amazing how so very different guys can have such similar thoughts!

    Peace <3

  • mark0159nz

    I think the blog has one theme and that’s you. the blog really is about you sharing your views and parts of your life online.

    A blog doesn’t have to be a theme persay, your not creating a blog to just talk about one subject and that’s it. Your taking your time to talk about what interests you and the fact that you love speedos and there are plenty of other men out there that also enjoy it.

    keep doing what your doing.