I am a Writer.
I am a Writer before I am a Blogger.
Yes, I write for the internet and I run a blog. I do love having space on the Internet in which I can share my writings. In that respect, I am a blogger.
But, at the core of my being, I am a writer. I write on and off the Internet. I do not write for my blog. I write for myself and then I publish my writings on my website.
If my website disappeared tomorrow, I would still write each and every day.
There are days when I get frustrated with the rat race of blogging, of vying for position on Pinterest and Instagram and Facebook. There are more blogs on blogging to count and all yell about all the perfect ways to do each thing. I hear from every direction how I HAVE TO focus on…
- Page Views
- Perfect Pinnable Images
- Group Boards
- And perfect email newsletters
- And Editorial Calendars
I know all these things are important to the business of blogging and I happily receive the coaching. Lord knows I need the help.
And yet, I hold my head and shake it back and forth.
I ask, “What have I become? This is not why I started!! I just want to WRITE!”
Wait….”I just want to write!”
So, disillusioned bloggers, I am asking you (and me) to do something different in 2018.
Let’s get back to the truth of JUST WRITING. Click To Tweet
Forget the Blogosphere.
Forget incessant SEO obsession.
Forget Pinterest craziness.
Forget daily page view checks.
Let’s get back to writing for writing’s sake.
Let’s get back to creating art with our words.
We are WRITERS!
We paint a canvas with the strokes of our words.
We create entire worlds.
We tap into the hearts of our readers.
We give people permission to say, “ME TOO!”
In 2018, let’s start each day with a blank page.
Let’s look at that blank page not as a chore but as an opportunity. An opportunity to open wardrobes and hearts.
On that blank page, WRITE!
Write with reckless abandon.
Don’t edit. Just write.
Reach into your chest, grab hold of your heart, and let it bleed out on that page. Click To Tweet
Don’t censure yourself. Feelings, no matter how raw, are welcome on that page.
Worlds that you have created in your imagination are welcome on this page. You love retreating to these worlds. So why not open that world up on the page so that it becomes real for all?
Write for NO ONE but yourself.
The only thing that is not welcome here is the details of blogging. No Pinterest. No Instagram. No SEO. No niche. No Facebook. And NO pageviews.
The door is locked while you write. It is just YOU and your heart.
In 2018, let’s bring the authenticity back to our writing.
Let’s be true to ourselves and in so doing we grow our own unique voice that is louder than the constant humming of sameness.
Build your voice by being true to yourself in your writing.
And then, when we have written with the truth in our hearts…
Let’s edit and publish, share and network, with our brains.A good writer is also a people person. Click To Tweet
I am not dumb, Y’all. I know full well that at the heart of every writer is the intense desire to be heard. Sometimes that desire is so strong it just hurts.
That’s when we bring in the Business of Blogging.
But, when you write from your heart first your words will resound in other people’s hearts and then you will be heard.
In 2018, let’s not lose our writing soul on the altar of blogging.
Keep the first thing first and the rest will come together.
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