Category Archives: Writing

>Am I A Wrong-Blogger?

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>I’m pretty new to blogging…actually, very new.  I haven’t decided yet if there are right and wrong ways to do it.  I’ve read blogs about blogging, with great hints about how to get more readers, how to keep readers, how to guest blog, and how to organize your blog.

I’ve been told, “don’t talk too much about yourself,” and “just be yourself,” and “only talk about stuff that is important to you,” and “find a topic that people will be attracted to and write about that.”

I’ve heard, “your blog posts should be 200-300 words max” and “your blog posts can be up to 600-800 words.”

I’ve seen blogs on all kinds of topics, from marketing to motherhood, vocations to vacations, gardening to grand-parenting, and leadership to landscaping.

I’ve seen some great gimmicks like “A Photo A Day” and “Seven Sentences” (where every post is exactly 7 sentences long).

My blog is pretty much about whatever is on my mind when I sit down to write, along with the ongoing story of A Girl Named Little.  I have no real topic, no real focus necessarily.  I don’t stick to a set length for each post, and I don’t really do anything fancy to get more views.

I know that I’m called to encourage people to break the ties that hold them back, to reveal the secrets that weigh them down, and to battle the fears that tie their hands.  I’m not sure that my blog is specifically about that, though.

So, am I a wrong-blogger??  (I just made up that term, by the way…just for fun!)  Is there a right way to blog?  Do I need to pick a specific topic?  A consistent length?  Do I need to post less about my own thoughts, and come up with a more “generalized” topic to discuss?

When you first started your blog, how did you decide what to write about? What blogging “rules” do you use?

>Why I Don’t Write…

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>I haven’t written in a while. Why? I’ve been trying to figure out the answer to that question, and I think I now know.

I want you to like me…I want you to be moved by my writing…I want to make you think…I want to touch your soul. I definitely don’t want to disappoint you.

So if I don’t have anything that seems significantly touching, I don’t write. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s just that I don’t think it’s deep enough, or profound enough, or important enough.

Well, I’ve decided to be done with that way of thinking. I’ve decided to write whether it seems especially touching or not. I’ve decided to write for myself, and pray that it also touches you. I’ve decided to stop evaluating my writing on whether it’s “good enough,” and instead, just let it be what it is. I’ve decided to stop over-thinking it.

It’s good for me, and hopefully, at least sometimes, it will be good for you.

Do you find yourself holding back from something that you love to do, simply because you’re afraid it won’t be “good enough” for others?