Do you ever wake up and wonder how it’s possible for time to go by so quickly? It’s not as though it speeds up as we get older, but it certainly seems to feel that way. Wrapping our minds around this increase in the progression of time is a challenging task. Actually, time itself is a difficult concept to understand. To quote The Doctor, “…it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly…timey wimey…stuff.”
But I digress. What started me on this train of thought was an email I received, congratulating me on the one-year anniversary of my website. It’s hard to believe an entire year has already gone by, since it feels like it was just yesterday that I decided to pursue a new path in my life. Yet, time doesn’t lie, and I must admit it’s true. Join me, if you’d like, as I look at both the past and the future of Erratic Ramblings.
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There have been many changes over the past 12 months, including a complete overhaul and renaming of the site. Remember when I thought Indecision and Wanderlust was a good name? Well, honestly, I still do. But my site evolved into something bigger than what that name represented, and I’m glad I made the choice to change it to Erratic Ramblings.
As time has gone on, I’ve made several additions to the site – many of which have fallen by the wayside. At one point, I was going to throw together a bunch of quizzes and use them to build my subscriber list. I also created a photo gallery, to which I’ve added zero photos since February. Ideas pop into my mind, and I can’t help but try to pursue them – even if it’s only for a little while.
Looking back at everything, I’ve realized that making changes is apparently one of the things I’m especially good at. I chalk it up to my inability to remain focused on one idea at a time. Heck, I can’t even stay focused on what I’m currently writing. This being the case, I’m sure there will be many more changes in the months to come. I already have a few in mind.
Find Another Outlet
One of the changes I’ve been considering making is to my posting schedule. I told myself I would put up two articles per week, but other things have consistently been getting in the way. Granted, I bring this on myself, but that’s not really the point. Rather, the point is that I’m busy enough now to believe once a week is adequate. I’ll continue posting little blurbs about the Snippets of Schultzs videos, so don’t worry, you’ll still be hearing plenty from me. Besides, you never know if I’ll stick to this plan or not.
The YouTube channel is, of course, part of the reason I’ve been so busy lately. However, another part is that I’ve been writing articles for HubPages; and I’m considering adding a couple of other websites to my repertoire as well. Not to mention, I’d like to spend some time on other writing projects I’ve had in mind. I promise I’m not giving up on my website; I just need time to work on other things as well.
Nice Niche You’ve Got There
Back when I first started writing, I didn’t know what this website would become. Quite frankly, I’m still not completely sure where I’m going with it. I suppose that’s what happens when you allow yourself to ramble about whatever topic you randomly choose. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Why limit yourself if you don’t have to, right?
Well, I guess there are a few reasons. For starters, picking a niche subject generally means you’ll attract specific people who will keep coming back for more. It also allows you to establish yourself as an expert in whatever subject area you choose to pursue. Though, personally, I’ve never liked the term “expert” anyway. It implies you’ve learned everything there is to know about something, and I believe there’s always something new to learn.
I, for one, will most likely never choose a niche. While it might increase my readership, I don’t believe it’s necessary. I’d rather stay true to my sporadic and eclectic nature. The people who continue coming back despite the constant change of subjects are the ones I want reading my material anyway.
Apparently not knowing where things are going is also one of my specialties because I’ve completely lost track of where I was going with this article. I’m not one to think about the past or the future too often (I prefer to live in the present), so it’s not surprising that I struggled to stay on point. Perhaps it’s time to wrap things up.
It’s strange looking back at Erratic Ramblings’ humble beginnings, but it’s also kind of fun. To those of you who have been here since the beginning, thank you for accompanying me on this journey. It wouldn’t be possible without my loyal readers and the contributions of my supporters. I look forward to many more years of sharing my thoughts on and observations of the world around me. Never stop exploring, my friends; I know I’m certainly not going to.