Hi guys, just a little note … I’m taking a much-needed break from blogging the rest of this week, and didn’t want to disappear without giving some advance word.
Things are going well for me re: food/exercise/body image … and frankly, I don’t have much to say on that front–and that’s a good thing.
For a while now, part of me has been curious about putting this side (i.e., the recovery side) of my blog to bed in favor of broaching broader topics … but I’m nervous/unsure about it, or even how to do it.
I welcome thoughts from bloggers who have done this. How did you “un-brand yourself”? I don’t just want to be known as a recovery blogger. I mean, it’s a part of me, but not all of me.
Blogging can be viewed as such a self-indulgent passion, but knowing I’ve helped/am helping others helps me justify it to myself when I have doubts. I don’t want to give that up, but I’d like to explore more.
It’s funny because when I began, my first guest post was at BackinSkinnyJeans and I remember Steph (my blogging hero!!) gently cautioned me about considering maybe not being wed to “Tales of a (Recovering) Disordered Eater” as my blog’s name/URL, because it would, indeed, define me … and would make it hard to break away if I ended up wanting to do so.
At the time, it made sense to name my blog as such– I wanted to own it; I felt I needed to own it. It needed to be real and tangible and have a clear mission.
But in retrospect (isn’t hindsight always 20/20?) I totally see her thinking. Because now (surprise, surprise), a year and a half later, I feel recovered (for the most part; I still have some thoughts, but am not engaging in any destructive behaviors) and would like to expand into other topics, too — have more of a free-flowing blog …
I don’t want to stray from DE recovery/body image/food/exercise isuses entirely … but I’d like to just have a bigger base from which to choose topics–so I’m not “pigeon-holed” in this world.
So I think I need a little while to reassess my own personal “digital strategy” if you will. Please bear with me — and I welcome and encourage any of your comments. Please be honest; I’m genuinely asking for input.
I certainly don’t want to lose readers and I want to continue to provide a support network — I just feel like for months now, I’ve been OK, and it makes it hard for me to talk about the uncomfortable stuff when things are, indeed, OK. I don’t want to be dwelling or Googling for topics that relate to Tales specifically … I’m kind of at a loss, and I’m admitting it to you here.