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Back, with a vengeance, but different

July 27, 2009

When I started this blog several months ago — almost a year, actually — I had no idea where I was going with it. I didn’t know I’d meet some really funny, smart, interesting Gen Y bloggers, or that I’d go to South by Southwest, or that I’d end up moving to DC and working in social media. Like most things in life, I didn’t know what I was doing but decided to jump in anyways and figure it out as I went along — why not, when that approach has never failed me before?

So it was going great, until I started realizing where my professional interests were: politics, technology, and media. And I wasn’t as motivated to write about the same things I was writing about before (a.k.a my life, careers, “gen y” topics). I became more fascinated by the intersection of politics and technology, and I wanted to read and write about that. So my blog had a mini identity-crisis while I figured out what I should be blogging about and while I moved across the country and started a new job and all of that.

I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced that — I’ve watched several bloggers whom I really respect shift the focus of their blogs or start entirely new blogs devoted to their professional interests — like Monica O’Brien, Meg Roberts, or Jaclyn Schiff, or Holly Hoffman.

So now that I’ve had some time to figure out what I want to do with this thing, I’ve decided rather than start a new blog, I’m keeping this one, but I’ll be mostly focusing on writing about the intersection of politics and new media/technology.

I realize this means I’m losing some readers, since not everyone cares about the same (really nerdy) things I do. And I get that. But I hope some of the readership I’ve built over the past few months will stay even as I shift gears here!  I hope to be blogging a lot more often than I have in the past couple months.

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9 comments

  1. I’m thrilled that I get the best of both Nisha worlds: you are now my neighbor AND you’ll be blogging about stuff I dig. 🙂


  2. Good for you! I’m still pondering my transition from student blogger to professional blogger (as in, I am a paid for doing other stuff, not blogging), but I think I am getting closer to figuring out what I want to do.


  3. Not a huge fan of talking politics, but I figure I need a small dosage to stay in the loop, and what better place to get my information. I’m not going anywhere. Looking forward to your maturation of your content!

    R


  4. I’m with Ryan I’m not a huge fan of politics but I’ve come to expect I’ll get my daily dose of what’s going on in the political/journalist arena from your twitter stream and/or blog. I had a bit of a blog identity crisis about a year or so ago and the conclusion I came to was just let your blog be for you and the people who have similar interests will flock to it. You’ve got a lot to offer the world so don’t hold back for fear of not fitting into your self imposed mold.


  5. Nisha,

    You’re so good at politics so I’m glad that’s going to be your focus.

    I’m also happy that you’re not starting another blog. Maintaining just one is hard enough and I’ve seen some good bloggers struggle when they start to juggle more than one.

    -RP


  6. Nisha,
    I am happy for you and the amazing progress you’ve made. I’ve also fell out of the Gen Y/Career building bandwagon. I also had something of an identity crisis back in May/June and now my blog has taken a different turn. I’ve also opened my mind to other new possibilities. It’s not politics (it’s not my strength), but I totally get where you’re coming from. So fear not, you haven’t lost this reader. I look forward to many more amazing posts!


  7. Agreed. The thing about us “Gen Yers” – we’re still growing up, learning our interests, fashioning and sharpening our expertise. Why should our blogs not do the same?


  8. hey, best of luck with the new focus! It sounds like this makes a lot of sense for you now and I am sure your content will continue to be thought provoking and interesting!


  9. Nisha,

    I figured you would head this route, and I think it makes the most sense as you grow beyond the twentysomething college student mentality and become a professional in the workplace. We’ll all make this transition eventually (I hope!)



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