I’m going to start this post by saying that I think book blogging is very important. Even more than that, I love doing it and I love all the wonderful friends I’ve made through blogging (and for getting to share this amazing experience with the best friend/human being in the entire world). But lately, I’ve been struggling with the idea of writing about things that matter. I know it’s a stupid thing to worry about- who gets to decide what matters and what doesn’t?
The thing is…I really like reading other people’s blogs. I’d say that I spend a good couple of hours every day just reading through people’s posts, so as you can imagine I’ve come across some great posts. That’s where my problem lies- I read all these amazing posts and then I think to myself ‘wow, I wish I could write something like that’. I know how unhealthy that is and that I should be proud of my own posts, but damn, I get some serious blogger envy.
I’m sure there are posts or blogs that you wish you could write like. For me (this leads to the actual topic of this post), it’s generally blogs or posts that write about things that matter to me, that share their opinions about interesting things. For example, I consider myself to be a feminist and so I spend a lot of time reading about feminism in YA, movies, TV and whatever else. I want to be able to write things like that- to explain to you all how important I think strong female characters are, especially as role models. Then I spend all my time looking at these amazing blogs and suddenly I feel like I could never write that post how I want to. It causes serious blogger burnout, because then I feel like nothing I ever write is good enough. That’s a suckish feeling. It’s a really, really suckish feeling. How do you stop feeling like that?
What I really want is to be able to write about whatever I want and feel like what I’ve written is worth reading, that it’s good content. I want to write meaningful posts for this blog, and I want to write posts for other blogs and take part in those ‘cool girl geek’ blogs that I spend so much time reading. Does anyone else ever feel like this?
So, the point of this post- other than for me to rant a little, is to basically convince myself to start writing whatever I want to write and to stop worrying about it so much. I can’t promise that what I get out there is going to be amazing, but I’d like to think that it'll help improve my writing and confidence.
If you read through that, then you’re seriously marvellous and you deserve all of the chocolate cake in the world. I don’t really know what else to say, other than thank you and I hope you’re all having a great week.