Moving this blog forward

Office and business

Which path to follow?

I have been thinking and re-thinking a lot about the purpose of this blog, the reason I have this blog and how I can push it forward to the next level. Then again, I also thought a lot what the next level could be.

To make a long story short, I have decided to widen the scope of this blog and use the categories (the menu’s) to create the distinction in the content.

At this moment I am a (functional) SharePoint consultant (and business owner) and am working on a very interesting and challenging SharePoint 2013 project. Besides working on and with SharePoint during my day activity, I am also very interested in other software, applications and gadgets.
Right now, I feel like writing only about SharePoint is not the real motivator for me.  Although most people might say that it is easy to write about your passion and what you do every day, but I consider this not an easy job. Maybe that is because I read a lot of qualitative blogs about SharePoint and they are written by people who have English as their mother tongue.
English is for me a second language. So I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the vocabulary that these people know, and my limited knowledge of the English vocabulary.  And since I consider myself a SharePoint professional I engage myself to feel 100% comfortable with the articles I post on SharePoint and that is one of the reasons why I procrastinate on writing these articles.
The relation between my current professional activity and the SharePoint content of this blog is important,  but for some reason I do not feel very comfortable with it.

What are you really saying?

Well, I’m not saying that I’m going to stop writing posts. My plan is to extend the scope of this blog and write more about topics that are not SharePoint. I will still write SharePoint articles but will also write more posts on other topics that interest me. Like software, Apps, gadgets, ….

The real reason

Well, I’m not sure if this is the real reason or not, but it is something that made me think. I have written an article about the comparison of some on-line backup and synchrinization services. This article is by far the most visited page on my blog. This made me think. Yes, I know, you should not write for the main purpose of getting a lot of hits and that you should see you blog in a bigger picture about providing content that matters, but still, it is something you look at.
So my plan is to write more on other topics (where I don’t feel the virtual pressure of being judged since these articles are job related) to enhance my writing skills so I can create better content, and thus also better SharePoint articles.
To enhance my SharePoint related writing skills I have started a website about SharePoint books where I can concentrate on a specific topic (books and authors).

For the people who read my blog specifically for the posts about SharePoint, I hope I don’t let you down with this decision.

When you want to provide some feedback about this , please feel free to leave a comment.

About Patrick Sledz

Patrick works as a consultant. He assists organizations to deliver SharePoint business value and create the awareness in these organizations that only a strong technical team is not sufficient to deliver this added value.
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