Life is simultaneously rigid and of an undeniably fluid quality: on one hand, we are surrounded by circumstances and unforeseen events over which we have, at best, limited control. On the other, our actions and thoughts can (overtime if not immediately) change the trajectory we follow from birth ’til death. These two characteristics intersect everywhere, creating a vibrant, tempestuous human experience. We are constantly exposed to change, be it a product of broader happenings or of our own choices, for which to be made the fear of change must be overcome in the first place. And because change is inevitable, we must face the ebb and flow of everyday life with a buoyant attitude while searching for our own unique rhythm.
As you can tell, there has been a bit of an upheaval on whatismaria.com. And by upheaval, I mean your girl is the proud owner of a brand new site, with a new theme and a new domain. Given my dubious technical skills, getting to this point has been quite a journey (major shoutout to the customer service team and tech guys at Siteground), and at certain points I felt quite disheartened by the challenges I faced. And I’m still in the process of figuring everything out, tweaking the theme, understanding the avalanche of new features.
I’ve been thinking of going self-hosted since around November, when I had to take a chunk of time away from blogging. Instead of actually writing posts, I ruminated over the direction I want this site to take in the future, the type of content I wish to publish, whether the topic of my blog will still be compatible with my life in a year’s time. And only two weeks ago did I come to a decision, persuading myself to make the change and embrace the spontaneity of WordPress.org.
I’ll attempt to summarise my decision-making process. When I first started whatismaria.com back in September 2017, I chose health, food and fitness as its primary topic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, after struggling with an eating disorder for several years, I developed a philosophy around food and fitness which argues against the notion of healthy living as something which entails restriction, unnecessary stress, self-consciousness. I did, and still do, posses a drive to share my message with others. Secondly, health and fitness is a well-established niche with a potentially wide outreach.
However, as the weeks and months went by, my creative urges sent me elsewhere. I still posted the occasional recipe or fitness-related post, but branched into topics such as productivity, self-development, the craft of writing, subtly tweaking my ‘about me’ page and altering the tone of my work. I’m not going to lie, creating recipes started to feel like a chore. I do not wish to complain because I am a believer in personal responsibility, but highlight the choices we must make as writers and online content creators. By listening to heart and logic simultaneously, to the piece of advice we all hear when researching the craft of building a website – ‘pick a subject on which you can write inexhaustibly, for years to come’ – I saw going self-hosted as a prerequisite condition, a symbolic gesture of sorts, to rebranding myself in a new category.
Don’t get me wrong, I still care immensely for wellness and encouraging people to eat more plantbased meals. I will, from time to time, still publish recipes or guides to healthy eating because this ties into my broader interests. However, food is a small part of my life. Neither am I a health and fitness guru or a dietician, and can only give advice from personal experience, which throws into doubt how extensively I can write about these topics. Once I recognised just how much the things I think about and the activities I participate in differ from the bulk of my blog, I decided change would be the only way forward, the only way I could continue this blog alongside my wider obligations.
At the end of March, I will be travelling to Japan for six weeks, then to Russia in the summer, and in October I will start my History degree at university. Within these immense events and changes, an inevitable lack of stability, food will become utilitarian; there will be no room in my schedule to develop recipes or take photographs. I believe our lives and interests should dictate the content of our blogs, not the other way round. And from now on I shall stick to this principle, diligently and wholeheartedly.
So, you may be asking after 736 words of ramble, what topics will I actually write about on this site from now on? I’ll try to summarise in a couple of bullet points:
- Productivity and self-development
- Education, studying and academia, with tips for specific exam boards and subjects
- Writing and books
- The occasional post on physical/mental wellbeing
- Lifestyle posts and personal essays (mostly related to the above)
Evidently, those categories are still quite broad, as I want to create resources for and help people with multiple interests, be they a student like myself or someone wishing to balance healthy living with a busy schedule. If you’re a new reader, I hope you enjoy your stay at inaccordance.com (I have a new post coming in two days so stay tuned!) and if you have been following me for a while, thank you for sticking by and I hope you enjoy my new content (that being said, I completely understand if it’s not your cup of tea!). I will release four or five posts over this week and next to get things up and running, and after that will stick to posting each Monday while still on my gap year.
To accompany this little rebrand, I’m currently in the process of rethinking my Twitter and Instagram, which I will share with you once they are ready. In the meantime, check out my Pinterest if you are interested in content related to the above categories because this is a channel I will be using much more in the foreseeable future for sure.
Once again, thank you for understanding and I hope to see you again soon!