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Towards a more personal website

This website has gone through considerable changes over the more than seven years and roughly 1 200 posts since it was first launched. When I started it, blogging was something cool and I wrote mostly nonsensical posts that no-one was interested in reading (some posts are actually quite entertaining, such as this one, but these are exceptions). I still write these things, but I keep it on Facebook for people who might actually be interested in what I’m doing.

Since then, the site has constantly grown more serious and less personal. I have written mostly about things that might be interesting to anyone who visits, not only people who know me, with the sole exception that the website was my window back to Sweden when I lived in Taiwan. This site will still be for everyone, but it will be more about myself than before.

Diversifying, specialising, personalising

I think that this trend towards a more professional website has reached the only end such a striving can lead to: specialising by diversifying. In any context, people need to focus exclusively on something if they want to become professional and this is true about blogs as well. When I was younger, I could keep all of my separate interests together on one website, simply because I didn’t feel like specialising more than such a structure allowed. This has changed, perhaps it changed some time ago, but it most certainly changed last week with the launch of my learning Chinese project, Hacking Chinese. Languages in general and Chinese in particular are the topics where I focus my professionalism today. The output thus generated is now channelled to www.hackingchinese.com.

This means that there isn’t much left to be professional about on this site, save perhaps for writing in general, but that is something that I still consider very personal. I might have the ambition to write and publish books (and more games), but this is more of a personal goal than it is a professional one. I have the feeling that if I have a strong urge to become more professional regarding writing, the solution isn’t to do it on this site, but to start yet another one with a relevant focus. In other words, diversifying, specialising, personalising.

A more personal Snigel.nu

That means that this website will have a more personal focus from now on. I won’t write about what I had for lunch or about the weather, but I will write about what I feel like writing about, regardless if I think someone is interested or not. Of course, I will still make an effort to welcome new and old readers, so I won’t write exclusively for people who already know me. Are you interested, you’re more than welcome to read, comment and participate, but if you don’t like it, I think you can follow what I read elsewhere. I want this website to be my window to the world, my embassy on the internet, my way of expressing myself whenever I feel that I want to. Nothing more, nothing less.

In practice, this doesn’t mean very much, because if you look at the most recent posts, they all deal with fairly personal matters. I’ve stopped writing about things just to write about them, I’ve stopped following certain habits (such as reviewing all books I read). This post is more about stating what should be obvious, but which wasn’t until very recently, at least not for me. Perhaps this will mean that I will write more, perhaps not, but I definitely think that I will like the website more. I also hope that you will find the content more personal and thus more interesting.

The site has been online for seven years and has seen a gradual change all the time. If the site is to survive another seven years, it will need to continue changing, mirroring how I change and develop as a person. From now on, the focus will be more on these changes and developments. Stay tuned!