I wrote this piece in my journal about three months before I started this blog and wanted to share it today.
Today I had a bit of clarity about wanting to start a blog and share my experience with anyone who cares to listen.
The more I researched about blogging and becoming a blogger the more I became confused and apprehensive. I found things like SEO, keywords, links, back links and on and on, somewhat intimidating.
I was worrying about writing and at the same time making sure I am using keywords, and optimizing my SEO and getting others to like my blog and link to my blog.
More and more every day as I did more research I felt like I was moving further away from writing and towards marketing.
It just felt like I was getting away from what I wanted to do which was telling my stories and sharing my ideas.
It didn’t feel honest. I didn’t feel like I was being honest with myself and I wasn’t.
So in my other notebook where I keep my notes and ideas for the blog I want to create I wrote these notes:
- I am doing this blog for me.
- I am writing to have cathartic relief.
- I am writing to honestly express myself not to get hits.
- I believe by being honest with quality content I will draw an audience.
The problem was that worrying so much about getting hits and links and visitors and views negated the stress relief that I get from writing and it removed the satisfaction I get from putting together the project.
Writing down those thoughts renewed my interest in the project.
Maybe I should write the same statements for my drumming:
- I play drums from me.
- I play drums for cathartic relief.
- I play drums to express myself not to have people like me.
- I believe by playing my drums as honestly as I can and to the best of my abilities I will draw fans.
That’s feel pretty good as well.
Maybe I should add one more statement to both of those.
- As long as I’m honest and happy in what I do, it doesn’t matter how many fans I have or don’t have.
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