I tend to be a bit black and white with things and I like to have a clear view of what I’m doing with something (such as the podcast or my YouTube show) because it makes it easier to then approach it from a place of consistency.
But what happens when things aren’t really black or white? Like this blog and my @jeremygodwinofficial accounts on Instagram and Facebook. Because trying to work out how to set this blog and those accounts apart from my @ltamentalhealth stuff has been a real challenge for me. I’ve been trying not to duplicate content, but then it becomes a bit mentally exhausting trying to figure out what to post instead if I’m being completely honest.
So here’s the deal. This blog and my Instagram/Facebook are, for now, going to be a random collection of musings, observations, experiences and thoughts… so in other words, whatever I feel like writing. And it may change at any time. But this way you get to find out more about me and I’ll also peel back the curtain a bit more on the thought processes behind my Let’s Talk About Mental Health content and other stuff, starting with this week’s new LTAMH TV video titled Five Ways to Stop Overthinking (out now and embedded below if you’d like to watch).
Overthinking has been a fairly popular topic both in terms of my podcast (Episode 4 about the subject now has well over 10,000 plays and is my second-most popular episode ever, behind resetting) and here on YouTube where I talked about it at a high level in this video. It’s a fine line between repeating yourself and covering topics that people want to hear about/watch, so I spent a bit of time thinking about how I could provide more helpful content and decided to focus in on specific things you can do if you’re in the middle of overthinking and struggling to stop that process. I’m sure many of us have been there and I decided that it would be useful to talk about specific strategies. It’s linked below if you’d like to watch it (and if you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to my channel for more great content about better mental health).
The thing with content creation is that it must serve the audience first and foremost. Every time I come up with a video or podcast idea, I have to really think about what it’s going to offer for the person watching in terms of adding value – and it’s the same with writing blog posts. Sure, I could just regurgitate my thoughts into the aether however to me that feels a little too self-indulgent, so I’m always trying to think about what I can offer that is useful. And that point, along with the one about serving your audience, are the bits of value I’m offering in this post: really think about what you’re putting out into the world and why, and consider how it can serve to give others value, education or entertainment (or all three).
Have a great week!