How many authors or business enterpeneues have been told it's best to blog? I have read many articles and watched several webinars that scream, "To be a successful writer, you need to blog your little heart out. Share your experiences, give advice, make some how-to columns."
Unless you're needing advice on how to not go in a caffeine coma or how to survive one in the event it happens, I'm of no use. And a how-to guide? Yeah, unless you're needing a how-to guide on how not to strangle your kids while trying to finish a deadline between work, sport practices, and taking a moment to do this thing people call sleeping, again I'm no help. A how to successfully write a novel article, perhaps? Let me sum that up for you here and now; sit down and write. That simple.
Am I bashing bloggers? No! I love bloggers of all kinds. I love being able to google a topic and find what I need by reading several different articles on the subject. It's great!
What I am saying is, we are all not cut out to be bloggers. I've tried. Honestly, I have. I'm one of those get pumped up and I'm going to do this, yes I am, kind of people only to lose my drive for so many reasons. Not all of us have fantastic how-to articles to write, or advice on how to stay on top of a growing trend. The few times I've written articles, I was coming from a conference and was really inspired by the events that transpired while there. Unfortunately for my wallet, I can't go to every writing/book conference across the nation, or lord-what-a-dream overseas. Trust me, I'd be swiping plastic in a heart beat if I could.
However, sometimes it's bashed into our heads to blog blog blog. And yes, there have been times it's made me feel like I'm not doing enough. Perhaps these people are right. But the truth is, I write to escape. I write to tell the story that haunts my thoughts. I write for me. It's what I love to do. I believe it's why most writers write. It's in their blood.
The whole point of this is to officially declare 'I am not a blogger.' And that's okay. I share books I love, write stories that won't leave me, and spread word as I can as I go. And to you authors/aspiring writers out there who can't seem to find the time to keep up with a blog and feel guilty for it because someone wrote an outstanding article that made you feel you should be doing these things, it's okay. I promise! You're not failing in any kind of way! Small steps can equal big results.
To those of you who can accomplish this; many, many thanks and congratulations!
All walks in life are different. Know that! Own it! Own what you're good at and know it's enough.