This week's process post asks us to consider our audience, and how our imagined audience has impacted our content and design choices thus far.
However, if I'm being completely honest, I haven't given the idea of having an "audience" much thought at all.
That's not to say I don't want people reading, enjoying, and engaging with my content, because I do believe that collaboration is the key to learning. Moreover, creating a welcoming and communicative platform where experiences are shared is my ultimate goal with this website!
While initially designing the site, I took into consideration the ease of navigation for the reader and myself. I created a menu tab with a homepage, POSIEL category, and a category for each of the components of health.
However, when I've been writing my blog posts, I find myself getting so excited about all my ideas and things that I want to say, that I often do not stop to think about who exactly I am hoping to engage with the content I'm creating.
I guess you can say that so far I have been treating this blog like my own personal corner of the internet, my online journal if you will. With content organized to my desire, and with my posts being written by me, for my own enjoyment.
So far, my process behind creating my posts have followed this pattern:
1. I conduct research (aka extensive googling) on a particular health related topic that is of interest to me
2. I compile the information from various sources, and extract the important pieces to consider further
3. I synthesize my findings in a written blog post. Additionally, I provide my own thoughts, opinions, and experiences to add a more personal touch to the discussion
4. I provide links at the end of the post to additional resources around the topic, for those interested in further exploring it!
Writing for fun is an activity that I have always thoroughly enjoyed, and is a concept that I will be diving into deeper in future posts pertaining to both intellectual and emotional health.
So, while I've certainly been having fun writing these posts, I also understand that it is important to identify a target audience for my content.
Because my goal for this site is to create a public where not only am I sharing my research findings and stories, but others are contributing their unique perspectives as well 🙂
That being said, going forward I want to continue with the conversational tone in my posts. I feel it makes the website more personal and authentic to me, and true to how I would interact with others in person.
Additionally, I understand that health can be an intimidating topic for some. Therefore, I want to do my best to be down-to-earth and to create a welcoming environment, suitable for anyone that is interested in exploring healthy habits further!