I’m spreading myself too thin, with a host of different blogs, running on separate sites and under different domain names. As well as this, I of course design and edit a monthly magazine (Miniature Wargames), provide graphics work for a number of clients and now have contracts for three new books for Pen & Sword, and plans for launching my own self-published fiction writing career now I’m a member of ALLi.
Something’s gotta give!
I’m sure some of you have faced similar situations, where you have realised that you need to focus or drown and been faced with difficult, perhaps even life-changing decisions. This is hard: I have a multi-faceted personality and enjoy expressing myself about many things.
One option is to bring everything together onto the one site here at http://henryhyde.co.uk and simply divide the site into appropriate sections, so whatever I write about (writing, design, editing, photography, art, travel, wargaming, even cats) will generate more traffic to the one site, improving its Google ranking. I’m really not bothered about hiding my interests and hobbies – they are part of who I am.
This move would also cut my brain overload and massively simplify the management of all these aspects of my personality.
In addition to the main site, I have:
Henry’s Cats [now closed as of 25th July – yay!]
Venice and the Veneto [now closed as of 25th July – woohoo!]
Sussex Sights [now closed as of 25th July – phew!]
The Wargaming Compendium
Joe Schmoe’s Wargaming Journal
and, of course my Payhip site for selling digital products.
I have plans to – no, hold that headline, I NEED to – massively increase my writing and blogging over the next 12 months, and would like to experiment more with podcasting and/or vidcasting (I haven’t decided whether to do this solo or with interviews). But to do this, I really need to focus on what I most want to communicate and what you, as followers, would like me to communicate about.
So, my question is, what do you think? Should I condense everything into one site, or do you think the variety of subject matter would confuse visitors? Do you think I should just cut my losses and abandon most of these blogs (which, as you’ll see, have either not recently, rarely or never been updated – nice ideas that I simply haven’t had the time to exploit), perhaps merging some of them, but keeping them separate? What would you be most interested in seeing from me?
And finally, I’m going to create new Mailchimp newsletters. For these, I would definitely keep the subject matter separate: initially, one for wargaming, and another for writing, design and editing.
All comments appreciated, so tell me what you think!