Growing Pains - A Bloggers Voice
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Recently I've had trouble blogging. I really love coming here to write and express myself all while connecting with some really great people, but it's been difficult. I really want to continue writing and keeping my blog going. It's just that getting the words out of my head and on to the screen in an eloquent manor seems to elude me.
I notice that I sometimes have trouble remembering who I am writing for. I often feel this need to satisfy my readers. I get caught up between writing for me and writing for y'all to read. I want to write these thought-provoking pieces and sometimes that is me. But most of the time I'm a very simple person. I curl up on the couch and read a book or watch my favorite TV shows. Boring to read about? Yes, but I enjoy doing it.
I enjoy writing though, so I usually try to write five posts a week. I write about my life and things that interest me. But sometimes I yearn to touch more people. Get them to come to my blog and read my point of view on life, small as it may be. This is where my trouble begins. All of a sudden, I'm thinking about writing about what people want to hear versus what I enjoy and BAM! I just simply can't write.
I can't tell you how many times in the past week and a half that I've just stared at the blank post screen trying to come up with that first sentence. Typing away, only to erase it and try again.
After the first few days of muddling though writing a post, I thought I might get some help. Hello Pinterest, because what did I do for blogging tips before Pinterest?! I found a few sites that touch on the topic of blog writing. One of the biggest take home messages I got from reading them was a bloggers voice.
A bloggers voice is who they are to the friends they've never met face to face. Those words on their screen are how they get to know me. Scary thought right there. What is my blogging voice? This is where I get stuck. I'm doing the best to be me, find my blogging voice, but the more I try to listen to that voice in my head the softer the sound is.
I would like to think of this as growing pains. I grow a little, find my voice and get comfortable again. I would also like to think that other bloggers have gone through this as well. But it is quite possible that I'm alone out in left field trying to listen to the voices in my head! (No, I don't really have voices in my head for the record)
Let me know if y'all have gone through what I'm feeling now!