Hi everyone! The first thing I have to say before anything else is thank you!Thanks to everyone who left comments, asked questions or just visited and read my Freshly Pressed post the other day. I think it is safe to say that my blog has been enjoying some wonderful Feng Shui over the last couple of days and it is all due to you bright and passionate people out there who provided feedback, shared thoughts and left kind comments. So thank you! 🙂
Together Everyone Achieves More. Cheesey….but true!
I think I have replied to everyone and I eventually hope to visit all your blogs, too. It might take me awhile…but I’ll do it!
The Blogging Network
Blogging really is about community after all. It is also about sharing what we know and love, so I am looking forward to reading everything that you guys are passionate, ambitious and committed to!
Sharing our views with the world really does make us vulnerable at times, but the best thing about it is that we are all ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’, which I think is keeping us all ahead of the herd in some ways and providing a pathway for our own self growth at the same time.
I hope that last remark didn’t offend any sheep out there 🙂 it didn’t mean to. I just think that by taking a few risks and putting ourselves ‘out there’ we are all deliberately creating new experiences for ourselves and that has to be good, ‘cos in my view, that’s what’s life’s about – Living, Learning, Achieving and Growing.
Okay so moving on to today’s post which, compared to my last one, is brief, as I have been a bit busier than usual over the last few days 🙂 and thus limited to some extent for time to write.
I think I touched on the subject of time management in my last post where I described my preference of keeping to a blogging schedule, but sometimes the unexpected happens (like being on Freshly Pressed!). This then requires a little ‘renegotiation’ with your available time and energy!
I am happy though with the choice I made to reply to all the comments left here first, before I began work on my next post.
So ….without further to-do, here is today’s post which was actually influenced by the number of questions and comments I received about how to get your blog moving or how to get traffic or even how to motivate yourself to write.
Whilst I plan to address some of those questions over a number of posts in the future, today’s entry explores two things which I believe are key components to writing good blog posts. I thought I would start with these to perhaps give you some ‘food for thought’ as you yourself start planning your next blog post.
If you are already a prolific writer and have some further thoughts on finding inspiration, please share it with the rest of us in the comments section! Ideas and creative energies are definitely elements of ourselves, as bloggers, that can be activated and nourished by others. And as I certainly don’t have a monopoly on doing that, please feel free to contribute and further influence fellow readers via the comment section. Thanks in advance 🙂
Write What You Would Like To Read
Okay, so I have adopted this simple mantra myself recently, as I have heard it put forward by some very famous authors and it certainly seems to have worked for them! And, going by my analogous post from two days ago, it is also working for me. I could never have anticipated the trajectory of that particular post in advance, so I just wrote something that I myself would enjoy reading. I also have started asking the following questions after I write, ”Would I be proud of that article or post ten years from now?” or “Have I provided a fresh or unique perspective on a topic that allows readers to discover new insights?”
Basically, my own posts are my effort to :-
a) Cultivate the creative and/or personal potential of others and
b) To encourage them to follow their instincts and to reconnect with a voice of encouragement and inspiration, thereby awakening their own dormant talents and abilities.
You probably already know that voice which I am referring to but you are sometimes ignoring or paying little attention to it. You have lots of great ideas, but then you can talk yourself out of putting them into practice. You start listening to the doubts instead of your positive and confident internal voice.
I used to do that too, but once I started to turn it around, I suddenly became a lot more productive 🙂 It can be a great adventure just following your own instincts and then finding out where it leads you…..
Trust Your Own Voice
Which brings me to the second point of this post, which is simply trusting your own voice.
For me that entails writing the same way that I talk. I also like to imagine that I am sitting in a small room in my house, sharing and chatting with some close friends. Maybe we are also enjoying some coffee and a few laughs.
The reality may actually be that I am sitting all alone at my writing desk, but I can still feel the collective presence of others and this really assists me in finding my own voice and trusting it.
NOTE: The above post is my own ideas about finding your blogging voice, but after I had finished writing I decided to do a little more research, so I could provide you with some further reading on the subject, should you be interested.
The following two links were the best I found. I hope you find them helpful.
Ciao everyone. Happy blogging!!!
As always, I would love your feedback and comments on this post. I am sure you can all educate me just as much as I can you, so please feel free to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas or to simply ask a question. 🙂
By the way if you noticed a large number of smiley faces being added to my replies yesterday, that’s because I was feeling so happy. 🙂 🙂
I still am, so you will probably notice a few more today! 🙂 🙂