To blog or not blog. That is the question.
No seriously, that was and has been a genuine question circling my mind for some time when concerning a personal blog.
One reason being is that personal blogs about life can be quite risky.
Putting yourself out there, on an open platform.
And another reason being, l was concerned my words, phrases and thoughts would see me in court…
To be sentenced. Obviously.
Intro – Living that blog life
Right, straight off, l will agree to how terrible that pun really was.
Guess you could call it a play on words…
Am l trying too hard to be clever now?
Fine. I’ll stop now.
Though, to be fair, blogging is about being an effective communicator and expressing one’s thoughts or ideas on various topics.
And, as mentioned above, a personal blog about life means you can kind of do what you please with your content or humour, right?
Still, when thinking of topics for a personal blog, what comes to mind?
For me its:
- Health and Wellbeing
Sure a personal development blog or a personal travel blog are two of the most worthwhile.
And one’s l especially enjoy.
Plus, sharing passions for cooking, inspiring through fitness, or broadening people’s horizons through photography is great if it means enriching the world around us.
And so what about this blog?
Indeed, that’s why this post is even titled Yet another personal blog: Why l started My Global Muse.
Want to understand more?
Well, you can read about my background and me, here. But essentially l have always had a passion for travelling and learning about it first-hand.
But l was not satisfied with just that.
While l have been able to travel, l have also been fortunate enough to work, study and live abroad. In doing so, l have been exposed to a different perspective, come to learn more about myself, and a need to be more self-aware.
See, a VERY personal blog.
It brings a whole other dimension.
Which for me has grown to revolve around minimising the impact l have while l travel or live abroad.
So while this is a personal travel blog, but one where l share my efforts to travel and live sustainably abroad as an ex-pat.
Adds a cool dimension no?
An eco-travel and lifestyle blog, if you would.
Granted, it might not initially roll of the tongue, but it certainly encapsulates a personal development blog!
What does My Global Muse mean?
I’m going to go out on a whim and guess we’re familiar with what it means to be global, right?
But what about muse in this context?
Simply, it is:
- either being ‘absorbed in thought’
- or acting as a ‘source of inspiration’
(That is according to Google, so is legit.)
Or put another way. You think about stuff, basically.
Naming a blog is notoriously difficult – arguably the hardest part for some looking to develop one.
Certainly, it was for me.
(See, told you its a personal development blog.)
But names aside, that is my intention with this space. I desired a space where l could share my experiences as l travel and highlight the quality of the diversity existing among various locations.
But, also somewhere to push and promote what l consider to be the most important area of focus in this moment.
Not a day goes by with me seeing yet another mention of a negative human activity affecting the natural world.
Be that at the micro, with the near-extinction of an animal species – to the macro, with the continuing threat from climate change.
Without scaremongering, we really are at a critical juncture.
And so the more that the message can be spread, the better.
My intention with this blog is to encourage readers to consider, (to muse if you will) over important things and understand just how their actions, however big or small, may have an impact.
So, at the very least, a personal blog.
Why did l start it?
‘Put yourself out there.’
I LOVE that phrase.
For me it symbolises:
- being prepared to take risks,
- to challenge the status quo
- take an unconventional approach.
That is how l feel slightly by starting this personal blog.
But equally, l feel l must do so because of my passion for both writing and learning.
So, if there is a way to combine being able to share my travel or worldly adventures while providing an educational experience too, l will be satisfied.
The world is an inherently beautiful place and humanity a uniquely gifted species.
But we do not do enough to consider our actions.
- Many people are unaware of the consequences their individual choices may have, irrespective of how small they are.
- Alternatively, they may be aware of their activities and their impacts, but do not think they can help induce change
- Or worst of all, they just do not care and just act with malicious intent.
Negligence or Vandalism. It does not matter.
It is not just a trend or some passing fad. Making an effort to have more compassion or act more conscious is a lifestyle.
Especially, when concerning living or travelling sustainably.
Cause, if we don’t, well, little else matters.
So, with a little twist on more conventional travel blog sites.
(Though, l will still use this as a personal travel blog.)
Business however important will serve little if each and every business does not make efforts to be more sustainable.
Preservation over profit.
The same can be said for our relations to one another.
We should put wider long-term, collective interests over our own short-term self-interest.
Personally, l think its vital to get more people to cooperate and increase the scope to which people understand the role they can have.
And how’d we do that?
By emphasising what we share, not what we do not.
And the most obvious thing we share?
What l aim to blog about
So there you go.
Hopefully, l have provided a clear explanation for the name of this personal blog and what l aim to with it.
And hopefully, it will more than me spamming the internet.
No, with this blog l aim to share on my travel experiences and my efforts to do them as sustainably and consciously as possible. So, l will look to produce content on the different destinations l travel while outlining how to do with a minimal impact.
It will have informative travel content like other travel blog sites.
Here’s my San Juan City Guide as an example.
Additionally, l LOVE to dive.
There is a completely unparalleled, yet grossly unrepresented aquatic world, which deserves more attention.
Initiatives like Blue Planet II have been fundamental to raising awareness and l want to continually expand the messages via my own encounters!
Blogs are like that, especially ones similar to a personal development blog.
Or brands like Pela Case, whose refreshing efforts to give back reflect how much they owe nature for the inspiration behind their products.
But l also want to use this blog for dialogue.
You’ll often find that most well-established blogs will have evolved to have become as much about personal blogs about life, as much as there initial topics, like food, travel or fitness.
Not that this is ever a negative thing.
- Adding a personal element makes guides or entries, that much more relatable and so trustworthy
- It allows the reader to properly empathise with the blogger’s cause, such as a predicament if its travel blog
- Or to see how they have grown as a person and provide advice if it is a personal development blog for instance
All are entirely legitimate. And all are frequently inspiration.
And l hope to do similar by producing thought-provoking posts which stimulate discussions, be that in the comments or elsewhere. Being green or behaving sustainably remains a sensitive area and requires discretion.
But it is crucial that dialogue so awareness can be enlarged and behavioural change encouraged.
This goes for consumption too.
l desire to promote sustainable products and bring awareness to the efforts being taken to act responsibly and produce sustainably.
Which in turn, will help to diversify the contents of this blog and make it a more valuable resource. In theory.
Be sure to check out my resources page for more ideas too.
To blog = to share, to connect, to create, to inspire.
Takeaways – a personal take on a personal blog
And there it is, Yet another personal blog: Why l started My Global Muse.
Perhaps what l, like to think, is unique, merely reflected many of the other personal blogs about life around the internet.
The primary point is about spreading the word.
- Travelling to enriched locations.
- Exploring beautiful destinations.
- Living by more sustainable means.
Or by bringing exposure to critical causes.
Good or bad.
What do l mean by that last one? Check out this post to get an idea!
Do you have some ideas?
Please share! Examples could be:
- Specific content you’d like to see
- Travel guides or travelling responsibly
- FAQs on living more sustainably while on the go
Alternatively, please get in touch directly. I’d be keen to hear from you!
Food for thought? Maybe, but then that is what musing is all about.
What are your thoughts? Have you started a personal blog?
Share with a comment below.