“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver
Most bloggers write because they desperately want to say something. Whether it’s about their day to day lives, some struggles they managed to overcome, some long lost love…
They want immortality as only the written word can give them.
They fret and lose sleep over those who do not like their ideas, while ignoring all those who do like them.
They are the Internet equivalent of a person who won’t shut up. Who talks too loudly, too fast, too furious… that guy who gesticulates wildly, making you feel nauseous.
These people never ask themselves this simple question:
Do I have something to say?
Are you sure?
The truth is that blogging is a balancing act. That’s why I call it an art.
You need to write from the heart about the things that set your soul on fire, but at the same time make sure those words are going to make someone else feel something.
Art has to make you feel. The art of blogging is no different.
Comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.
And you cannot write your truth, if your hands shake against the keyboard. You can never write your dreams into existence if you are afraid of being awake, being aware…
Who are you?
Why are you here?
Why are you reading these words of mine?
Why are you blogging?
Close the door. Do not try to please everyone, for you won’t please anyone at all.
Do not be afraid to disappoint, to experiment, to get lost.
Do not use maps as crutches. Draw your own maps. Define your own style. Be your own person. Be the kind of blogger you’d admire. Be the kind of writer who punches those damn words; as a sign of competence, of confidence, of true belief.
And ask yourself:
What do you have to offer us?