I think writing a blog, much like creating a podcast, comes with some challenges. You sit down to create something you hope people will take the time to read. You want something that’s relevant. You don’t necessarily know who your audience will be, but you desire to connect with them.
There are so many options for writing a blog. Just like music, there’s genres, there’s sub-genres, and then there’s a mix of different music styles. But the goal of any artist; whether it be through song, an instrument, a painting, photograph, podcast, or blog, is ultimately to connect and take readers on a journey with you.
When I sat down and started this blog, I thought about the people I wanted to reach. I saw so much sadness coming through my screen as I scrolled through social media. I saw broken people, like myself, just trying to find a way. So I began to sit down and write to them. I want to give that person who is barely holding on and keeping it together, another rung in the ladder they could grab on to and pull themselves up, one step at a time. I don’t want to write something that is a waste of your time and mine. I want to be real.
I think emotion plays a huge role in writing; just as it does in any other form of art and communication. The platform one chooses provides an avenue for those emotions to come out and really connect with people. In the case of this website and blog, it affords me the opportunity to be raw and authentic with someone I don’t know personally, but also to connect with them and for a little while at least, ride in the same boat together through some difficult waters.
While I’m on the topic of being real, I will admit that writing is at times discouraging. You never know who is going to take the time to read it. Am I good enough? Am I explaining or wording things correctly? Is what I have to say worthy of your time? Is anyone going to close the page after they’ve read what I wrote and be impacted in a positive way? Will my blog gain traction and attract followers? Am I wasting my own time? These are all very real thoughts that I think of quite often. Sure, the site is relatively new and I only have around eight posts at this point, but we are our own worst critics.
I’ll close by saying this. I appreciate you. I appreciate you taking the time to stop here and reading one or all of my posts that I’ve poured myself into. I really appreciate your comments and feedback. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to write something that will hopefully help someone through a difficult time. I think that is what everyone should use their particular platform for. Whether it’s just a simple post on social media or creating a music album, I think we would all be so much better off if we took a moment to lift someone else up. So thank you.
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