I talk (write) a lot about passion. I’m an emotional person, so I think it stands to reason that I have many passions for many things. That’s always been the essence of my blog; passion. Authenticity. Genuineness. Transparency.
When I started this blog in May 2012 (234 posts ago!) my reasoning was that I wanted patients to learn about the real me. As a chiropractor, my profession is very much based on trust, and I want my patient base to understand who I am as a person, which will hopefully help them to understand who I am as a practitioner. I think I’ve done that. I’ve bared my soul here, week upon week, Tuesday upon Tuesday, draft upon draft, post upon post. My audience has grown exponentially, and I now have several hundred of you following along weekly, liking (or not liking), sharing, discussing, and helping to spread my words through the tangled mess of the internet. WordPress, the host of this site, regularly sends me readership data, and many Tuesdays I get a notification that says “your stats are booming.” These alerts are satisfying, because they mean that I’m engaging my audience and making people think. And the fact that you’re thinking about topics that come from my passion is the whole point.
But I’ve decided to take a step back.
You see, I’m noticing that words are becoming harder for me to find. My posts are not writing themselves, in my dreams and on my runs and on my yoga mat, as they once did. I feel like my passion on this blog is being diluted and that defeats my entire purpose. My purpose here is passion.
So my posts are going to shift slightly, ever so slightly, to maintain that high degree of passion that’s so very important to me. This isn’t meant to be just another blog, not just another health-tips site, not just another social media tool. Not to me, anyway. This is meant to be me, online. I’m not here to drum up business, I’m not here to grow my Facebook Page, I’m not here to grab page views and link clicks. I’ve built this online platform as much for me as I have for you, and so I must keep my standards high. I want to be proud of each and every post and make my honesty and authenticity and yes, passion, glaringly apparent through your screens. “I love your blogs,” someone said to me this weekend, and I hope she meant “I love your passion,” because that’s my end-game.
For now, instead of a new post every Tuesday, you’re going to get one every second Tuesday. Not a big shift, perhaps, but a big shift for me, and a recognition that taking a small step back doesn’t mean failure or quitting, labels I’d previously imposed upon myself; it simply means adaptability and not-going-to-settle and hopefully, excellence.
Today you get post #235. I hope you like it, and I hope you understand my reasoning. Thank you for your support thus far, and I plan to keep writing with passion well into the years ahead.
***And if you’ve missed some of my passion over the years, here are my favourites: