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Candid thoughts about writing a blog

Candid

I’ll be candid.

Writing a blog takes more time than I imagined. I love that this community of writers exist to share and interact with others. However, one lingering question I have is how long it takes other bloggers to write a post. In my situation, it takes me more than one sitting, with many distractions from little people, to finish an entry.

I remind myself that journal writing was time consuming too except that I was only writing for myself. Blogging is worth the trouble; real people read, comment, and encourage. This is where I feel my effort pays off.

Secretly I wanted to start blogging years ago: seven years to be exact. But all the hesitations, doubts, and fears held me back. I kept waiting for the perfect moment that never seemed to come.

In hindsight I realize my blob of fears was driven by how much I would feel comfortable being candid with old friends and with new friends I would make. Do you see a pattern here? When writing is involved, it takes me years to make changes.

Another candid bit about blogging: I constantly check my stats.

*sighing very deeply here

I wish I were immune to the distraction of checking those darn daily stats, but my obsessive compulsive personality obsesses over it. My practical and problem-solving oriented husband, much to his regret, once commented that I’m setting myself up for disappointment if my main motivation is for high stats. ouch! That’s not the main reason but I can’t wholly deny that it plays a role. Needless to say, he tried extra hard that afternoon to be nice and accommodating after uttering that insensitive comment.

I’ve had a few months of exploring topics I want to write about and assessing which ones resonate with me and the readers. It’ll take much longer to really learn how to navigate the features of WordPress, find my niche, and develop my writer’s voice.

Good things take time to grow. Must be patient, work hard, and not take myself so seriously.

Author:

Writing and daydreaming have always been two of my favorite things to do. I've been an avid journal writer since junior high school. It was a way for me to survive the complex world of being a Korean-American female straddling two cultures. Journal writing continued through graduate school, but that luxury is now replaced with multitasking to raise and homeschool two young kids. As the self-proclaimed domestic C.E.O. of our home, personal reflection occurs mostly in my subconscious dreams, during solo grocery shopping runs, or when my husband Chris takes the kids to Costco for an afternoon trip.

9 thoughts on “Candid thoughts about writing a blog

  1. When we stop writing just for self and start writing for the world at large,it is natural to be curious about our viewership.
    We all fret over out stats, so stop worrying about it.
    Continue being true to self when you write and I can assure you readership will follow.
    Loved what you have written as it struck a chord.

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    1. Your comment is exactly what I was talking about. It’s encouraging to share with others and to know that we share common feelings. Journal writing definitely does not have that aspect.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your comment!

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  2. I love that you’ve decided to write πŸ™‚ and I think it definitely does take time. I honestly think if we we’re both in an office environment, with desk jobs, sans little people, it would take less time bc we’d be able to write with fewer all-encompassing interruptions..but the grass is always greener elsewhere, ya know? You’re right; everything and anything worthwhile takes time. The joy is in the journey.

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    1. I have to constantly remind myself that the journey is more important than the destination! And I am so happy that I decided to start writing again…we push each other to keep going! Knowing my neighbor is in the same writing struggle together, it encourages! Let’s keep going. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Shelley, thank you for sending me a related post that you wrote! I will read it. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in feeling this way. But blogging is helping me constantly reassess the purpose of writing and honing it as a craft.
      Have a great weekend and so glad you stopped by!

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    1. Beginning of this year I recently started participating in the Daily Prompt. I agree that it helps with not thinking up a topic, which can be an endless brainstorming session. I hope to be more active with the prompts but finding time to do it in one day has been challenging!!

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