How do you perceive bloggers? The form was once revered as the new upcoming lifestyle and has now been disregarded to a cash grab or place to whine. Ultimately the difference in perspective changed when the blogging field got so saturated.
When everyone tries to talk, it is hard to be heard.
I've gone back and forth on blogging for the last decade. I started a "mommy blog" when my daughter was born, which changed into a faith-based blog while I was recovering from depression. I began a writing blog when I finally decided to make publishing a priority. Now I am an author and a publisher thinking about the blogging world once again.
I find value in blogging, especially as a writer, because it is my medium of choice. Some people are great speakers, while others are great personalities to be on TV. I am much more comfortable sitting behind my computer letting my thoughts flow into words. Writing is my wheelhouse so blogging is my stage of choice.
There's more to it though. By writing and sharing my work through a blog I am able to become a better writer. Like any muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. Writing is no different. The more I practice writing, the more articulate I become. The more I set myself up a discipline around my craft the more consistent I can be.
One of the hardest parts of writing is finding a voice. The word and formatting choices mean a lot. By writing for an audience, I am able to define who I am.
I tend to ramble. That is my personality if I am honest. I love long conversations and ideas that make me think. Stream of consciousness is a highly regarded writing style in books like "Catcher in the Rye" and "Ulysses." Even Austen uses the literary device in "Pride and Prejudice." I am learning to embrace this style and not run from it.
For better or worse, we live in a world where everyone wants information fast. Reading is such a bother for some. That makes me sad. I love reading. I may have too many words so that the populous won't read my work all, but I don't want that to change who I am. I am learning to grow and try new things, but it doesn't mean giving up what matters to me.
I, Amanda McCusker, am a rambling writer. I accept this about myself. Though I try to practice all kinds of writing techniques, my mind is a run on sentence and this is where the pen flows.
I also blog because it is a way to reach readers. That's you! I write books and love when people read them. I have one published and two different stories warring in my head to come next. Being able to share emotions and stories is why I write and why I became an author.
I love to share about writing and life. This blog is like a peek behind the curtain of my mind. If you don't like it stop reading, but it won't stop me from writing. It is too important.
I like this space because I can share long form stories and experiences. I like social media too and finally have a presence there, but this is where I can spew. I share personal moments (probably too many), how I put together stories to publish (a developing process), and my struggles with anxiety creating my message for complete health (mind, body and emotions).
I have a vision of creating a conversation. I talk a lot. I love it when you talk back! Social Media is an easier platform for this, but this long form space is important too.
So there you have it. I blog for four main reasons:
- To practice and become a better writer
- To gain confidence in my craft and find a voice
- To reach out to readers
- To share a piece of myself and my process with the world
I don't want to live in a vacuum. I want to share the light that is in my heart. I blog because we are all connected on this beautiful planet. When we embrace our story and share it we are stronger and than it is alone.