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About site change… Changing the focus of my blog

I have decided to change the focus of this blog. I had hoped to make this into a personal development website initially, but instead I will make this just a site about my own personal development.

I hoped to make this a site where I could help people with their lives. In some way I’d have hoped to have a site where people could read the stories of my own life which would keep people coming back for more. At the same time I anticipated site traffic and hopefully some income from advertising! (generated $7 in total so far, about 4 months. Not bad 🙂 )
However, I am finding now that I do not have so much to be talking about past experiences. Recently I have been looking forward to learning and experiencing more. I’d like to use this blog more as a focus point to my interests and learning.
At the same time I am seeing that the success of income generation from this site has not gone to plan. The intention was to give readers a reason to come look at this site; to get something from it. In this way we would all benefit; me from revenue and readers from reading it.

One good thing about having a small site is the ease of which to change it if things dont work out. I am also seeing that I would rather focus on improving myself and I would like to change this site to reflect that. I will continue to blog about my life and interesting things I find, but I think the focus for justnow is about my own self improvement. The millions of dollars of passive income from the site will just have to wait..

Interestingly enough I listened to a podcast today by Tal Ben Shahar, called Happier. In it he explains the concept of the currency of happyness and how goals in life all lead to the ultimate goal of becoming happy in life. So in fact my goal of making a popular website has ultimately the same goal as making a website that makes me happy to have written one… we are all aiming for happyness one way or another. How long will it take you to realise that money isn’t the only way?

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New site theme for easier navigation

Based on feedback from friends, I have made my site easier to navigate byt changing the theme on my wordpress blog. The main focus of this site is the blog section so I wanted to ensure there is an easily reachable blog button on the front page.

A couple of friends told me that it was hard to find the latest blog entry on my site previously. This is because the theme listed my post categories at the top of each page. This makes it difficult to find the posts in chronological order, or to see under which category had the latest posts. The new theme still has the categories on the right hand side, but the main page buttons (about, blog, CV) are right there at the top. This makes it simple to find the blog page.

I still like to categorise my posts even though it doesn’t make it so easy to navigate at the moment. Its good to add indexing information to your posts.

The intention for my blog is to keep the posts free from getting out of date. This means that anyone can read it in the future and it still proves as useful today as on the day it was written. However, keeping a simple blog link means that the posts are listed chronologically and you might only see 2 or 3 of the latest posts. The next step will be to have an indexing system or an archive which holds all the posts in one page. That makes it much easier to quickly scan through all the posts and pick the one that takes your interest.

Take care and keep improving!

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