For months I’ve been debating about how much to share on the blog. What to share? When to post it? Is it relevant? Who’s my audience? I sometimes get so lost in those questions that I forget why I started this in the first place.
Truth be told, I didn’t think blogging was for someone like me. Now, I read other people’s blogs, but I think all of my favorite bloggers are American, Caucasian women who focused on home décor, sewing, and other fun crafty things to do with loved ones. There didn’t seem to be a place for a petite Asian-American woman with those same thoughts and ideas.
However, as I posted home décor ideas on Hometown Betty, I quickly realized that I don’t have an intense passion for home décor, sewing, or making crafty things. I like it, but I don’t love it. (Okay, well, I really really really like making crafty things but not enough to only talk/write/share about those things.)
Then I reminisced about our time in Cyprus and why The Seoul of Cyprus turned out so well. It was a blog for people who wanted to know more about Cyprus, getting acclimated in a new country, especially for expats. Before we moved, I searched the Internet and found only a handful of blogs about life in Cyprus, mostly from the British expat perspective. Those blogs were useful to read, but I was looking for someone to say,
“Hey, here’s what it’s like living abroad with young children, and this is how we endured and eventually enjoyed and loved a beautiful island that almost everyone spells incorrectly.”
The Seoul of Cyprus filled that void about the American, Asian, or young expat family perspective that no one had written about. But it wasn’t about writing those posts that left me satisfied about blogging (because honestly, those posts were terribly written), it was the people who contacted me and asked for advice about their potential and eventual move to Cyprus.
That’s my favorite part about blogging – connecting with people.
Recently, a European couple contacted me about their move to Cyprus. The husband asked so many of the same questions that I wished someone was able to answer for us over a year ago. It was a nice feeling to know that halfway around the globe, we can still help others make their move to Cyprus a smooth and enjoyable experience.
It’s a big world out there, and writing and getting to know complete strangers can be pretty scary at first. Believe me, I was horribly frightened, mortified even, that someone would actually hit the like button and like one of my posts. I almost shut down the blog that day. That was probably day four of living in Cyprus, when I checked my email at the nearest Starbucks in Nicosia. Prof talked me off the ledge and says this every time I get scared or worried about something, “Give it a day, and if you still feel the same way, then do <X> or <Y>.”
Thankfully, his words of wisdom and encouragement helped me to continue on this blogging journey, which transitioned to Hometown Betty when we returned home to the States.
If you’ve been reading for the past several months, the topics on Hometown Betty have been all over the place. I’m still trying to navigate through which topics I am comfortable sharing. Sharing tutorials has been a safe place because it doesn’t offend or hurt anyone, but still reaches the goal of helping someone, if they are looking for a particular craft project or idea.
There are so many other posts that I want to get the courage to share in the coming months. If I do get up the nerve, I think it’ll reveal a part of me that I hope you’ll come back wanting to read more, not because I have someone unique to say but that I hope it connects us a little closer together in a big and sometimes overwhelming world.
From my hometown to yours,