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Dec 1, 2023Liked by Sarah Styf

I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. Not just about Substack, but relating to my entire career. Why are we expected to produce a single wavelength? Humans are a spectrum. We can be good at and care about more than one thing. So why is it generally frowned upon to present ourselves as multifaceted in our exchange with the world? It depends how we’re writing our story, I suppose. If, for example, you’re mainly writing about politics and then randomly start talking about endangered species, there should be some tie-in, somehow. But I think you have the correct idea to just be your whole self. 🖤

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Multiple identities make for more subjects to write about. My own substack focuses on writing and publishing, but that can include a lot, especially since I've published in so many different genres. Happy Holidays!

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I think the problem with this idea of a “niche” is that it precludes all these areas of our life from talking to each other! My vocation as a mother informs my spiritual life, my experience with trauma informs my mothering, all the things are connected, and so when I pull at one strand others come too. And I think that’s where you find a lot of the richness and complexity of life — even if it’s not a marketable “niche”.

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"I didn’t want to 'niche down.' I wanted to be me." Yes! Thank you for this!

The idea of a "personal brand" can be useful, especially for explaining "why would someone want to read this blog?"...but I think it's helped create this idea that writers should be narrow and possible to sum up in a slogan, just like a corporate brand. I don't think that's either possible for everyone or good for the soul. I hope you find lots of success writing about everything that matters to you.

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I relate to SO many of the identities you've talked about here. (Religion and politics is such a fascinating topic imo, I wish there was a more peaceful and less fraught way of talking about it.) Best of luck! I look forward to any and all of the things you've got planned!

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We are all a mix of different personalities and that’s what makes us special . Looking forward to reading different facets of you and your life .

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Jan 20Liked by Sarah Styf

I love all of who you are and who you're becoming, dismantling, and experiencing! Completely agree about not wanting to niche down because there's more to us than one simple pipeline.

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I’ve decided to do the same in 2024 and am dividing my substack into sections so readers can unsubscribe from the parts they’re not interested in.

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I think a multi-faceted prism is way more interesting than one shiny polished rock.

Thank you for sharing all of yourself through your writing, so we can enjoy the journey too!

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Doing you is always a good idea ❤️

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