I've been thinking about this blog and writing in general a lot lately. Writing is what I love to do, it's what I want to do. Unfortunately I never do enough of it because there is always that fear of not being good enough.
I have several books that I've started. Started and abandoned, that's the story of my writing "career". I've been listening to podcasts and reading everything I can get my hands on about writing. I like to think it's because I want to improve and motivate myself to actually finish something. I'm afraid the reality is that reading is just another way to procrastinate.
I recently downloaded an ebook. It gives all the typical, just write, advice but it also gave me something else- permission to be less than great.
The biggest thing that stuck out from this ebook is that everything you write is not going to be Shakespeare, and that's OK, but that is what keeps people from writing.
Most writers get a couple pages, paragraphs or chapters in and the self doubt starts. Why am I doing this?I don't have anything to say that anyone wants to hear. All the good stuff has already been written. That happens to me even when I write this blog.
One of my dear online friends recently asked,"Where have all the personal blogs gone? The ones that talk about life?" So, I'm going to stick around. I'm going to try harder to get the words out of my head and onto paper, or in this case, my computer screen.
I had started to think that I was the only one who cared to see that little peek into other people's day to day, but maybe I'm not alone. Maybe there are still people who want to share that tiny slice of life.
I think it's harder as our kids have grown, but I think we still have lots to share. So I'm going to make the effort. I'm also going to try harder to let those "lifestyle" bloggers know I appreciate them. I read a lot of blogs but really only comment on one or two. That's going to change.
Let's support each other in our life blogs and maybe the trend will turn from commercialized blog content to real life again.