Since graduating university (many years ago), getting married and becoming a father, I had always chosen to concentrate on growth in other avenues of my personality. I don't think it was a conscious decision, but over time, I had forgotten that I once had aspirations to be a writer and maybe even a poet.
Don't get me wrong, I am very happy with the choices that I have made. I have a great wife and awesome family. I live in an amazing city, have a stable, steady career with just enough income to enjoy a few perks without being too spoiled.
Rather, until I started writing this blog a few months ago, I don't think I even realized that I had been missing something. However, once the words started flowing onto the screen and the posts began piling up, I had one of those "Ah ha" moments: I had found a clarity of the soul through my writing.
However, as I have gotten further along, I have also noticed the supplementary effort involved in having a blogging "career". I have become active in a range of social media avenues and spend a significant amount of time marketing my posts. I actually mentally refer to this as:
Flogging Your Blogging
Funny enough, I really like most of the various other aspects of blogging too. However, while I am committed to not just the writing, but also the marketing and the engagement/interaction, I think I need to do it my way.
In terms of blogging advice:
1. I have read many, many, many articles about setting schedules and posting at the appropriate time to maximize your reach.
2. I've been told that I need to set up automated messaging for link notifications.
3. I'm often reminded (usually inadvertently) that I haven't written a piece for Huffington anything.
4. I now understand that my grainy images (see above) aren't going to translate well on Pinterest.
5. I get that you are supposed to pick a blogging niche and stick with it.
Guess what? I don't really care very much.
I'm not saying these aren't great ways to make your blog a success, but I think that's my whole point: Those are great for your blog and this is my blog. While, I get a kick out of the marketing, enjoy the interaction components of blogging and will continue to explore how each can help improve my blog, I really love the writing.
To make it really work for me, I want to do it my way. Even though I plan on continuing to Flog My Blog in hopes that I can grow and reach out to a broader audience, I'm also going to remember that at the end of the day, I don't want to lose that clarity of soul I have only recently found.
I wonder how many of my fellow bloggers have found a similar inner zen?