Can Doing it Right Suck the Life Out of the Joy Writing
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Is the joy of writing really a thing?
Growing up writing felt more like a necessary chore more so than a joyful activity.
Being one who always strived to get not just a passing grade but an A in any class, I struggled with stringing together perfectly paired words that impressed my teacher and met the demands of the writing assignment given.
Now I have always had a love for words. I could stay lost in books or bookstores for hours (I just realize it has been a long time since perused the shelves of an actual bookstore.) Oh, how Amazon has ruined me. But I digress.
Somehow I always valued the words of other more than my own.
So imagine my surprise when I felt the gentle nudge to start a blog. A blog…a place to write and grapple with all the questions swirling in my head.
And I courageously or more aptly said naively placed my toes in the waters of blog land over six years ago. There for a while, it was a place I felt free. Free to express what was deep inside me.
Yet with every new adventure I set out on, I go searching for knowledge. Knowledge on how to do it the proverbial “right” way. And the more I learned, the deeper the blogging ocean became. There’s vast information, training, courses, books-all aimed at showing one the right way.
The “right” way is filled with tips like:
choose your niche
build a list
design beautiful graphics
plan your content
create a product
write 1000 words
promote on social media
All good advice and worthy activities in and of themselves.
But the perfectionist in me can easily find myself overwhelmed in trying to do all the things. And to do all the things well.
Far too long I have been an all or nothing kind of girl. Either I’m all in, or I’m out. But in blogging/writing perhaps it’s okay to be in-between. I used to wonder what caused my favorite blogger to go MIA.
And now, I have gone MIA more than I care to mention. Sometimes the silence was due to busyness, other times due to writer’s block, and other times it was simply discouragement.
While I will not pretend to know each person’s why I can’t help but think perhaps they too got lost in the vast ocean of blogging should do’s and the current pushed them to only sitting on the sidelines.