This holiday season I couldn’t help but wonder what my plan would be for YS.com and 2015. With the lack of internet connection while in London, and doing everything possible to avoid other bloggers tweets of “New Year, New Me,” & “Bigger and Better”, I aimed to avoid all blog talk. You know, Phenomenal Yetti’s typical and random disappearing act. I didn’t want the added pressure of thinking of up a game plan for my little ol’ blog. It didn’t work. It never really works. I can never truly escape that leech of a thought of will whatever I do match up?
In 2014, after befriending a few more bloggers and following 10 times as many on twitter, I realized that we all sort of think a like. We’re all aiming for some of the same of the things, some of our blog posts and initiatives are slightly to ridiculously similar, and I didn’t really like it. Being compared to another blogger went from being a compliment to the trigger of an eye-roll, and just like that, I had to force myself to remember what I had preached in last summers post, “Yes, I Am Your Competition”.
It’s hard to constantly dream up fresh ideas. It’s completely doable, but hard. It’s even more strenuous to implement your new ideas, when you have fire breathing bloggers who are ever so quick to subtly let you know that your idea was copied from them. The unnecessary pressure to be “bigger and better,” can easily turn into stress. Stress to produce. Or even worse, you’re too consumed in the flames, peeking through the rare gaps at others to produce a damn thing. There’s too much smoke to see and even realize that someone else’s “bigger and better” could be something that is neither bigger nor better for you.
Yetti you have to remember why you started blogging in the first place. You blog for you. People read your posts because they’re your words. When you try to tailor it to other peoples needs you lose your voice. – Aunty Tai
But let’s be honest here. Many of the items we use today, the blogs we read, apps we install, they are copies of someone’s original plan. They’re either improved, or yes, shittier. They’re sometimes tailored to different audiences, not a one-size fits all. Not only that, things that are important to others to chase after, maybe not even serve your purpose. But most of the time, the slight difference, improvement, twist, or je ne sais quoi about an item, plan, and so forth comes from the creator. It’s something only that one creator can do.
No one can write they way I do. No one’s events can come to life they way mine will. No one can produce essays on the journey to self-love, a healthy life balance, and an even healthier mental state like I do and will continue to do. No one’s blog strategy will ever yield what my mine will.
The last thing you can do is worry about what other people think or say. The only thing that matters is what you think and say to you, about you. – Aunty Tunde
Because they don’t have my experiences, nor do they have my passion or drive. I’ve been told my wit and sense of humor is one of a kind, and my choice of words slightly flavored with imperfection, curses, and charisma? Only Phenomenal Yetti can coin that, boo. I’m uniquely made, phenomenally made, and I will not forget that.
So there will be blog posts and post series. There will be newsletters and events. I will finally host that twitter chat I planned to do back in June. Hangout meetings, you name it. So much more from the YS.com Labs, because I can, and I will, and it’ll be everything, according to me.