What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)
In most aspects of my life I’m a fairly confident person. I’m confident in the way I look, in my personality, in my relationship, etc. One aspect where I’ve always doubted myself is my writing abilities. I love to write and I do think I’m pretty good, but for the longest time I was TERRIFIED for anyone (anyone) to read anything (an.y.thing) I wrote. The fact that I have a blog where I willingly allow others (STRANGERS) to read my musings is really kind of crazy.
Every day I think about what I could blog about and come up with lots of different ideas. But every day something stops me. It’s this little voice telling me, “No one cares. Why would some one care about that?” So usually, I stay silent. I figure no one really cares about the random stuff I’m thinking about. With my wedding blog I have a focus: the months/weeks/days leading up to my wedding, my relationship with Josh, recapping my wedding, the details, etc. Everyone who read it was also in “wedding blog world,” as I like to call it, so I knew my audience was interested and invested. With this blog? I love my readers and know they (you) love me, but I still always feel like the random stuff that goes on in my daily life is just not interesting enough to write about.
Truthfully, the self-doubt about my writing may never go away. Obviously I don’t doubt myself *too* much because if I did I clearly wouldn’t have a blog at all. I think it’s ok to have a bit of insecurity, though. Wouldn’t want to get too big for my britches! (Does anyone even say that anymore? Well, I just did.)
*Note: Hiiii to all of the Reverb 10 participants who moseyed on over to my lil corner of the internet yesterday. I’ll try to catch up on your posts this weekend 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying this exercise so far!