I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching the past couple of weeks, not my soul personally, I’m talking about the soul of this blog. When Erica and I put into motion the plans to begin a new blog after Cooking in College, we had some high hopes. We dreamed of drawing thousands of readers a day to our blog, filled with amazing content all about millennials. We hoped that by running a multi-author blog, written by millennials for millennials, would somehow capture the essence of millennial life. A collage of articles ranging from style to humor, from food to technology, would essentially piece together the greater picture and form something beautiful. We were ambitious yes, but sadly we fell short.
Let me take you back…
Before the blog even had a URL, it was just a baby idea inside of my head. Erica and I really wanted to follow up Cooking in College with another great blog (personally, I deemed C-in-C a success) and we were quite nervous about the transition. I had an inkling that the blog was going to be some kind of lifestyle blog that focused on a wide variety of topics. But the more I thought about it, the more worried I became, “Our lifestyle is not that interesting, who would want to read about us?” I thought. That was the first mistake. I reacted on fear. Fear of writing about my life and our lifestyle.
So we proceeded to invite along other fellow bloggers to help “fill in the gaps” and generate more interesting content (and they did indeed!). Erica and I were extremely happy with the way things were going. But after some time, I noticed that I began to hold back on certain blog posts I wanted to write about. You see, I was scared of misrepresenting an entire generation by writing about how I lived, which flew in the face of this entire project! Instead of adding my tile to the mosaic, I held it back. What was left was an uncompleted work of art.
It wasn’t until I received some tough-love feedback from one of the contributors that really helped to put things into perspective. Her main point was that the blog needed some honesty. In other words, there are tough subjects out there we could write about but weren’t being brave enough. She then encouraged us to maybe focus the blog purely on our life and the lifestyle we choose to live it by to help give the blog more cohesion. These were the exact words I needed to hear and certainly helped to boost my confidence.
Last week we notified all of the contributors of The Millennial Type that Erica and I decided to transition the blog away from a multi-author blog to a personal blog run by us. The new blog’s main focus will be on just one type of the many types of millennial lifestyles. In other words, A millennial type instead of The millennial type.
I think I am finally coming to the realization that, to be a good blogger you must write about what you know. Therefore, as selfish as it sounds, this blog will focus only on our lives. But that’s kind of the point of most blogs isn’t it? Even though I might view my life to be ordinary and boring, that doesn’t mean that I should hold back writing about it. People appreciate honesty and, for all I know, there might be a niche audience out there who can relate to mine and Erica’s life. I know that we aren’t average millennials, but really, who is?
So without further ado, I am proud to present to you – A Millennial Type.