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Article written by the majestic Sean Lloyd on the 19 Jul 2010

When I started SLXS a few years ago, it was hard to predict what would happen to it, where it would go, how highly it would be ranked (Consistently in the top 100 blogs in South Africa and Africa). I never had a plan, I just wanted to have a laugh. Over time people have said awesome things about it, they’ve slated it into the ground, giving it the typical ‘Oh so you’re trying to copy 2oceansvibe’ slant. I totally see that angle, and obviously 2oceansvibe was an inspiration growing up. Anyway, I want to get back into my original writing, the stuff that I feel blogging is really about. Writing stupid articles that get you through your day. If you’ve been reading SLXS lately, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling to write stuff, and I don’t think it’s so much a problem of not having content, it’s a problem of me thinking too much about what I put on here. I started to lose my direction when I worried too much about how other blogs were ranking, how I was ending up on their blogs and not mine when searching for Cape Town events etc etc.

I used to write about the most random things and reading over the archives this weekend, I realised that’s what I’ve lost and that’s where I was unique. Instead of looking at other blogs and seeing what they were writing, I used to just write on anything. I’ve written on face creams, parties, art and everything else in between. And I feel those were the glory days, where I didn’t care if you read my writing or not, as long as I was having fun. I literally just realised this weekend that those were the pieces people read SLXS for. Too many blogs are just writing content to keep the page views up, making sure that Google finds them. They’re running competitions just for the sake of keeping readers interested.

Well I’m taking it back to the old school from now on and these are the things I’m keeping in mind, to keep me positive and inspired:

  • I’m going to write on random stuff. This was the soul of SLXS, the foundations on which it was built.
  • I’m not going to care about pageviews.
  • I’m going to write for SLXS, and not worry about what the other blogs are doing.

I also received a great comment from one of our avid readers, Clayton, on a piece I wrote the other day:

I agree with you on some blogs just putting on content for the sake of having content but you quickly learn who to avoid, I personally stick to a handfull. The thing is should you not just say “fukkit” and carry on doing your own thing, snap out of it man.!

I read that and it hit me spot on, I need to just do my own thing. That comment, as simple as it was, summed up everything I need to be doing. I need to be doing my own thing. I need to be writing for me, because that’s what I enjoy. And generally, when I’m enjoying my writing, then so are the readers.

Let’s make an old school revival here, let’s bring back the soul of blogging, let’s bring back the SLXS of old. I may not be ranking up there in the top 10, but I’m going to stick to my original goal and not worry about anyone else.

Let’s get back to Smarties and Tenga!

I’m feeling inspired, let’s roll!

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