There’s a New Brand in Town – Welcome to A Familiar Stranger

Brand values

It’s all about the brand nowadays isn’t it? Well, at least that’s what we’re told.

To be honest I can be pretty cynical about all that, especially when it ends up in talking about people as if they are products – mere commodities to be bought and sold.

And I get it if you think that re-branding is just another way of saying,

‘spending a load of money coming up with a new name that makes no sense, doesn’t tell you anything about what the business / company / product is actually about, and is accompanied by a new logo that apparently represents brand values, deeply held principles, our promise to you as a valued customer, blah blah blah, and looks a load of rubbish.’

All that said, I’ve re-branded. Please bear with me while I explain.

Introducing: A Familiar Stranger

So who’s this familiar stranger then?

Well, that would be me, Matthew. Let me explain.

We all have a story to tell. Our stories connect us to others, enabling us to recognise our shared humanity in our shared struggles and triumphs.

We are a social species and we need such connections; we need to feel that we belong somewhere. And when life is dark we need to know that we aren’t alone; that someone, somewhere, gets it. That somebody just like us has been there, and has come out the other side.

I share my story to be that familiar stranger to others.

Click here for more on the power of our stories

There’s another reason too.

In my struggles with my mental health there have been many times when I have felt like a familiar stranger to myself. In writing the posts and poems that you will find here, I have come to better know and understand the familiar stranger that I see in the mirror.

And there you have it, my new brand. Despite the change of name, I will continue to write with plenty of love, laughter and truth. I hope you enjoy it.

People Are Strange – The Doors

2 thoughts on “There’s a New Brand in Town – Welcome to A Familiar Stranger

    1. Thank you very much Jenny, I’m glad you like it. It just seemed to fit and it’s good to freshen things up every now and again!

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