Each time I didn’t see the point, then I tried it, then I liked it, then the quick check-ins turned to into hours of trying new things, chatting and engaging new people. It was right in line with who I am offline. It came naturally.
Social media is interesting and immediately gratifying … until now. Blogging has not been as fun! It’s been downright painstaking.
I think about a blog entry on Monday. Then, no topic is good enough. Then I find a topic by Wednesday, but what do I say about it? A Google search tells me there is nothing new to say about anything. By Friday, the cycle repeats itself with still no draft.
Eventually, when I have a topic and an angle, I sit at the computer agonizingly reading each paragraph before creating a new paragraph. I have to stop and tell myself, blogging IS fun, as I grit my teeth. YOU ARE NOT WRITING AN ARTICLE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES here.
Blogging is fun, light, warm-up writing about something you care about if it’s not something you get paid to do. No pressure.
I think back to summers past, having my children write about something they like for writing practice. The goal was always to write about what they like, quickly put out a draft; and then spend a little time cleaning it up. I wanted them to enjoy writing, and here I am pouring over 500 words like my career depends on it. When, really, the only thing at stake is my ego.
I often have to say during these times, “stop taking yourself so seriously.” There are people who write much betters and others who would make you say, Oh my. Clear your mind, be who you are, and leave it up to the world to decide where you fit in (today). Where you fit today will be different that where you fit tomorrow or next year, so good or bad, it will change. RELAX.
Maybe you are an award-winning writer, maybe a decent one, or you have an eye for a good story. Everyone fits somewhere. Sadly, we are too busy sometimes trying to fit in the wrong place to see the perfect fit for us. It’s smart to look for the right fit, not the place you hear a crowd cheering. If you are true to yourself, you likely will be satisfied, crowd or not.
My 10-minute affirmation has no first draft editing; no deep thought; or research. But it does have a message — to challenge your writing by simply writing and putting it “out there.”
Every one of us has something to say. Don’t die with it all still inside you as you wait for perfection.