Being Plain Is Fine; After All, Vanilla Still Has Flavour…

We live in a society unfortunately obsessed with appearance; our clothing, our physical appearance and our environment, which usually include what possessions we may own, affect us and motivate us in our daily lives.

But is there anything inherently wrong with being plain? In a world obsessed with how it looks, is your life any less important if your bedsheets are plain old sheets from your local retail shop or 1800 thread-count Egyptian cotton from a specialty store? (Don’t ask me how I know about thread count…)

The question stems from a comment I recently received through my blog, two days ago. Of course, the comment was blocked by the spam filter and appeared to come from some a weird retailer’s address, but the comment was sound and got me thinking.

The commenter indicated the belief that “The Blogging Buddhist” is a little plain and that I should develop my titles to be catchier and attract more readers. He also indicated that my content was “good”, but referred me to other news sites to see what colours and details they add to attract more readers.

I was a little taken aback by this comment, and I guess as usual I need to take it with grain of salt as everyone will ultimately have their own opinion. I usually try to create a title that will draw readers and sometimes add a small element of comedy as well (see title of this post).

I’ve always thought that by keeping this as simple and uncluttered as possible, it would make it easier for readers to focus on the actual content and not the pretty colours. Was I wrong?

I know some of you out there are actively reading my posts and I’d like to hear from you. When I started this blog, I put out some feelers asking readers to suggest content they’d like to see me research and write about. Now, I’d like to get people’s opinion on the look of this blog. Leave a comment or click on the “contact” link on the Home banner to reach out to me directly.

Growth only comes with change, and it is often necessary to make that change. I’m nothing if not willing to hear what others have to say, so don’t be shy! ☯

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

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