If I’m lucky enough to have you paying attention to what I have been doing on The Passionate Why, you will have noticed that I haven’t been putting out much content lately.
The truth is that after 6 weeks of going hard at it and fitting the extra workload between 5 and 7 on weekday mornings I was absolutely exhausted. I still have more material to talk about but I don’t have the energy to keep putting it together.
Couple that with the fact that it is so much harder to grow a YouTube audience than I had expected and I have been forced to re-evaluate my approach. Instead of going balls to the walls on making videos, blogging, twittering, googling, and everything else, I need to refocus on those things that I enjoy the most.
The more and more short videos I see on YouTube, the more I realize that the style that is making them popular is really not my style. They are full of exaggerated personalities and click bait titles.
I have attempted to learn from the most viewed videos and emulate their approaches but there is so much work required. You have to really believe in the content you are putting out there to have the energy to promote it to the extent that is required. And while I do like the content I am producing, I sometimes feel I am just trying to pump out stuff to meet my self imposed deadlines.
I am beginning to think that I am more suited to making short documentaries about the topics I want to discuss. Maybe around 20 to 30 minutes. Of course this means I won’t have content to spit out on a regular basis to help build an audience, but in the end I should have something I am more proud of and more willing to promote.
So for the upcoming weeks I am going to look more deeply into this approach. I am going to figure out what I want to talk about, how I would do it, what other equipment do I need, and then start moving forward. I have no timetable for this approach but don’t forget about me! 🙂 If you stay following my blog, my YouTube channel, or my Facebook page you will know when ever I have something to show.
Due to the hectic Thanksgiving weekend I had I was unable to keep my schedule of posting a video every Monday. As well this will be quite a short blog post for a Wednesday.
In recent days I have been doing quite a bit of reflecting on what I want The Passionate Why to be, and how can I best morph it into something that adds value to my readership and viewership.
The challenges of keeping something like this going, in addition to everything else, is forcing me to really evaluate what I truly want. I must isolate my greatest strengths and double down on them. I have to really understand who my audience is. And thirdly I need to discover the best way to serve them.
I am excited to figure it all out, and I hope you come along for the ride.
This is just a quick post to announce that I have officially launched my social media endeavor. I am incredibly excited about finally getting underway and can’t wait to see where all of this leads me. Below is the trailer I created for my YouTube channel to give people a good idea of what they can expect from my social media platforms. Also on the YouTube channel you will find links to my Facebook page, Twitter handle, and Instagram account. Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you back again!
If you look across all of my social media platforms you will find a picture of the same park bench in the header. It’s because this bench has played a very significant role in getting me to where I am right now.
I can’t remember when I started but it must be close to 5 years. Every lunch hour at work I would head out towards this favourite place of mine. It didn’t matter if it was the middle of summer or in the dead of winter. If it was still possible to get there, I would dress appropriately and go.
Once there I would simply sit down and gaze out over the water for about 30 minutes. I would use that time for any number of things. I would meditate. I would ponder the deepest spiritual questions of my own existence. I would wonder what I should be doing with my life. I would use it as an escape and for a minute or two pretend I never had to anywhere else to go. Or on those beautiful windy fall days I would just enjoy the scenery around me.
In probably an unhealthy way I came to depend on this daily sanctuary from work. I started planning my day around making sure I got to my park bench, even as the benefits of going started to become less and less. It started to become a source of anxiety. What if I don’t have the time? What if the weather isn’t bearable? What if I have too much to do?
The intense relaxation that I experienced when I first started going was replaced by this sense of urgency about getting some kind of clarity before heading back to work. And the more you try to make realizations happen, the more elusive they seem to be.
Ultimately I began to understand that this phase was over. Enough thinking, pondering, and contemplating. It was time for me to start doing something. I am pretty happy looking at where I am heading right now and I owe a lot of it to that daily ritual.
I still go back to that park bench, but without the anxiety. Sometimes it’s just nice to look out over the water.
This will be just a quick post to introduce you to what I am trying to accomplish with this social media adventure I call The Passionate Why, or TPW from here on out for efficiency’s sake.
I have spent the better part of the last 7 years looking for purpose in all it’s shapes and sizes. From wondering the grandiose like ‘What is the meaning of life?’, to ‘Who am I?’, and ‘What is the purpose of MY life?’.
This has led me down two main paths in my life: Spirituality and Finding Fulfillment through Work.
These two concepts often seem to be in conflict with each other as one can often lead you to slowing down and not doing, while the other is about finding the thing you are passionate about doing.
My goal here is to reconcile the two. To tell people how I combine the concepts from both to guide me in my own life, and maybe help you in yours.
You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube under the same name. And while there is not a lot of content up yet I hope to be posting more soon.