Disclaimer: This is my reply to Jordan’s Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?.
One of the things I enjoy doing from time to time is photography. Probably I know more about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras than I do about photography itself, but nevertheless…
Long story short, because cameras have become so damn good at taking pictures, nowadays the idea is that anyone can become a photographer if they’re willing to invest in the right equipment.
Buy an expensive camera, and you’ll be able to take good photographs.
Not great, but good.
So, yeah, anyone can blog. Anyone can create an account, start a blog, write posts, take advantage of all kinds of social media platforms…
To do all that you need a smartphone or a laptop. A decent internet connection. That’s it, basically.
And given enough time, you could become pretty good at it.
Good, but not great.
Because you know what it takes to be great?
There’s an ART to everything that we do
This website is called The Art of Blogging for a reason. It’s supposed to allow people to forget about the rules, at least once in a while.
Blogging is an art. Photography is an art. Anyone who’s the best at their sport is more of an artist…
It’s not about the technical stuff. That part can easily be learned in less time than you think.
It’s all about art. And art is all about soul.
Blogging is all about a craving
It takes years and years of writing, painting, blogging, acting, singing to figure out one thing: that all you have to do in order to figure out your own style is to be yourself.
Just be yourself.
We’re like peacocks, really. Some say that everything we do, we do it in the hopes of better attracting a mate. Well, people often think in terms of sex and stuff like that when they hear this, but I think it’s even simpler than that.
We crave connection.
We want to feel less alone.
We want to feel as if someone else is just like us.
And everything we do is a means to become more ourselves. To figure out who we are, to invent ourselves. Or write ourselves into existence.
If you read the works of Ernest Hemingway, you get a sense of who we was as a man. How we viewed the world, his character and personality, all that.
Read enough of his novels and short stories, and it feels as if you know them. They become sort of like your friend.
That’s the power of the written word.
Now, if you were to read the stories of a friend or member of your family, then it would (most likely) feel as if you never knew them at all. They’d write about certain things that they never talk about.
And it makes you ask yourself, who are they really?
Odds are, they’re not so sure themselves.
Blogging is about showing us who you are
Be brave and write like yourself.
Yes, anyone can blog. And, yes, anyone can become good at it.
But great bloggers always blog like themselves. They always leave a bit of their own souls in the words that they share with the world.
They are unapologetically themselves, and thus makes us fall in love with them.
Who are you? Really? What is it that you want more than anything else? What would you live for? What would you die for? What do you hate the most about yourself? About others? About life?
If you had just enough time on this Planet for one last blog post, what would you write about?