I need your help…

I’m struggling with a decision and I need your help.

So, this here blog. The one you’re on (or reading via a feed reader) right now. You like it, yeah? I mean, you’re reading it. What are you here for? My business tips? My quick witted banter? My charm? There must be something.

You see, recently, I think this blog has taken more of a turn towards business tips, advice & musings, and stepped away from being a place where I blog about personal things. I blogged about my adventure walking across the country, and I recently blogged about my skincare routine. I’ve also blogged about the books I’m reading each month, and various other bits and pieces. Part of me thinks they don’t really fit here anymore. I’m not 100% sure it’s what you come here to read.

Help me make this decision. There’s just one question (and a couple of follow up questions), and please answer in the comments so that I can get to the bottom of this once and for all.

Should I focus this blog purely on Creative Business and create an entirely new blog for my posts about fitness/hiking/my house/travel/my pets? Yes or no.

I’d also love to know what you’d like to see more of here (no matter whether you answered yes or no to the  main question), let me know which posts you’ve enjoyed most, what you’d like to learn more about, and any other content requests you have.

Happy hump-day guys! Bake-off tonight, UKers!

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  • I think you need to decide whether this is a blog for business or not. It makes sense to offer business advice on your business blog and set up a separate one (if you want to) for personal blog posts.

    Ultimately you have to go with what you feel is right; if you feel the personal posts are out of place, then they probably are. Even if people come here to read all the personal stuff, that doesn’t mean it’s right to keep it on a business blog.

    • Kim

      Thanks Sophie!

  • I like both the business posts and the lifestyle posts but it would probably make more sense to have them seperate.
    I’d like to hear more about the challenges of starting your business and how you overcame them.
    And I’d love to hear more personal stuff.

    • Kim

      Thanks Elizabeth! It’s a difficult one when my name is my business, and I AM my business! It’s sometimes hard to differentiate!

  • Claire

    I personally like the mix of both – as you say yourself, engaging with your customers and showing the human side is important. I can totally see why you might want to split them up though – maybe a poll would help at the end of your next 6 blog posts, or something like that? It’s your blog, you can do what you like with it! :)

    • Kim

      Thanks pal, maybe I’m overthinking it all? Maybe I need to redesign the blog area here? I dunno… the idea of a new, fresh space is tempting, but then I already have a space (with followers) here…

  • I’ve been really struggling with this lately too, I stopped writing lifestyle to focus on business/blogging tips but I found myself really missing lifestyle. So if you decide to take them off this blog, maybe start a second blog for lifestyle, otherwise you might really miss writing about it. I think I’m going to starting posting a monthly lifestyle post at the same time each month, so I can still enjoy writing but it’s part of the schedule and blogging tips are still the focus.

    Honestly I come to your blog to read blogging/business tips etc, but I also love the book posts because I love reading and hearing about what others read so it would be a shame to see them go!

    Good luck with it x

    • Kim

      Thanks Harriet – it’s such a tricky situation when *you are* your business!

  • I wish I could help you with this, but sadly I’m struggling with the same thing. I actually blogged about it earlier this week too!

    My problem is that the blog started as a book blog. Then it morphed into books + blogging tips + coding tips. And that was still okay since it all still fell under blogging. But then I started adding business tips and freelancing posts. NOW it feels like things are out of place and they can’t all live under the same roof.

    But at the same time, I know that juggling more than one blog is massively hard. I’m not sure I’d be able to pull it off. I tried once before and I naturally gravitated towards one and neglected the other, so I ended up closing one down anyway. I don’t want to go through that again. X_X

    • Kim

      *goes off to read your post!*

      OH wow, Ashley, we’re in totally the same place! I’ve been reading through your comments on there too & it seems like there are a lot of people in the same boat.

      When *you are* your business it makes it really difficult.

  • I appreciate the mix of both – having both on the same blog gives a real sense of your personality and identity. But at the same time, I understand why you’d want to separate them. Personally, I really enjoy reading about the personal stuff as well as the business stuff, but it might help you focus more if you could have somewhere separate for that? Ugh, I’m answering your question with a question! Sorry about that.

    • Kim

      Thanks Jaina, I’d still try and cross promote the posts if I did create a new blog, maybe even popping links in strategic places on this blog to the new one. I do love to have my personality and human-ness shine through in my business, and I wouldn’t want to lose that!

      • Defo – saw the instagram post – looking forward to the new blog!

  • Claireabellemakes

    I also like the mix of both and the personal posts give us a sense of who you are and that in turn makes us trust your business posts. Personally, I wouldn’t separate them to a different blog – I find blogs that are just business tips a little dry sometimes even if the content is useful.

  • how’ve I only *just* discovered that you blog too? anything you can’t do? to answer your question: all the things! I want to read alllll the thiiiiiings. please. X

  • Liz

    I know this is late, and I don’t know what you’ve decided to go with, but I’m going to respond anyway and hope my personal experience helps you a bit! I’ve a mega personal, barely-known-to-offline-people blog I’ve posted on consecutively for five years now — six in 2016. (Geez, almost said four! Need to break that habit.) More recently, I have a personal/lifestyle blog I keep personal but am trying to format into my name/business. This is my third year, but I think it’ll go much smoother, because I’m finally including me in it as well.

    Too often, so many people expect business to be separated from who someone is, but in this day and age, one’s business can be their name, too. That’s why I really love food blogs: food bloggers do best when sharing bits of their lives with their audience. I really wish business bloggers would do it, too. Whilst I understand befriending business bloggers is an unlikely thing unless we’re “competition” (unless I’m reading the wrong people), I would love to read about their lives nevertheless, if only to gauge whether so-and-so is actually someone I want to work with/could be friends with. I like knowing they’re real people.

    If you choose to separate them, what Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction did with her photography blog might interest you. :)