What is a Blogger living in the Balkans Supposed to Blog About?

Blogger living in the Balkans

What is a Blogger living in the Balkans Supposed to Blog About?

First of all, let me start today by saying that it’s COLD here in the village.

I wish I had been a bit more focussed in school.

Maybe that would have resulted in me feeling comfortable writing.

Writing ….. anything. I find writing extremely difficult.

I am a rambler. I have a “monkey mind”. I jump all over the place. Focussing is definitely not a strong suit with me.

I am starting to meditate on a daily basis, in the hope that I can tame “the monkey”.

To be honest, creating videos is easier for me rather than writing posts on a blog. Not that I am a particularly talented videographer. At least with video, people actually see things, rather than try to build pictures in their minds from my wordy descriptions.

You can’t imagine how many times I tried to launch a blog, only to delete everything after a few short weeks.

The fact that my “An Englishman in the Balkans” Blog has over 100 posts, still confuses (amuses) me.

My main worry (apart from stringing words together) is what to write about.

I love where I live, but do other people really want to read about my experiences? I mean, I know I say that I am “living the dream” but that’s personal to me. Right?

People want to read “sensible” things.

Don’t they?

So far I have tried to jot down the things and events that happen to me in my blogs, but not as a journal might read.

Readership is growing extremely slowly. I have searched the web for solutions to grow the blogs but apparently it’s all down to the content and who is interested.

I asked my partner, Tamara, if she had any idea of what sort of person might be remotely interested in what I create.

Amazingly, she thought former Balkan people who now live across the globe might would like to be kept in touch with the daily culture and events they left behind. Could this be my audience.

I hadn’t thought of that and so I have decided to make an effort to develop my rather small Facebook Group, in order to provide that sort of information.

That might also help to grow my blog and YouTube channel.

Time will tell.

Maybe the practice of writing ramblings like this might result in me becoming a true Blogger?

What is a Blogger living in the Balkans Supposed to Blog About

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  1. Hi David
    All of the learning I have done regarding blogging goes against writing about you and your experiences. However, this is what I love to read from others and it is definitely the ‘thing’ I feel I could write about over and over.
    Everyone of your readers will find they enjoy something different from the blog. Personally, I would sit and write just ‘anything’ and not publish this, see how it feels, flows and fits. If it’s monkey mind but it makes sense, then it will be an audience for someone I’m sure.

    When people ask what sort of blogger I am or what I do for a living or what I want to do for a living I would rather say I am a storyteller…which means what exactly? We tell stories.
    You are very welcome to share the blogs on my google+ community, although I’m not sure that helps massively. I do love the look of this website BTW.

    Meditation will help for sure. It always helps me to create. And just ask before the fingers do the walking on the keyboard for words to flow. Sounds crazy but it’s how I passed my first year of university, like a little miracle!

    Louise

      • David
      • January 15, 2017

      Hi Louise,
      Thank you for both taking the time to read the blog and also to give your thoughts on what has been a dilemma.
      You are right and I have always believed that storytelling is the main component for most bloggers.
      While there are some cool people dispensing worthwhile advice about growing in the bloggersphere there’s an equal amount of useless as well.
      I am going to go with my gut. If I get readers that’s going to be amazing. If not, well I’ll cross that bridge at that time.
      I like the new theme I am using for both my blogs.
      Simplistic yet stylish?
      Drop me a DM on FB if you would like to know more about it.
      Hope all’s well in your world?
      Bests from me and T

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